3 WTF Environmental Stories–Just in Time for Earth Day!

With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to summarize a few of the latest (excuse my language) WTF environmental stories I stumbled upon this week.

But don’t worry—it’s not all bad news.

1. The comings and goings of ozone holes.

Apparently the Arctic’s ozone hole is looking pretty good, thanks to the worldwide ban on ozone depleting chemicals. That’s good news! But… there’s still the hole in Antarctica. Oh, and I should mention that researchers recently discovered a new, naturally occurring hole in the atmosphere above part of the western Pacific Ocean. WTF?! Does that mean the increasing crap we put into the atmosphere will have even more of an impact on us? They’re not sure yet. But what they do know is that this newly discovered area has hardly any of the chemicals that scrub pollutants from the air. Hole-y environmental disaster waiting to happen? Let’s hope not.

2. Greenland’s ice cap… not so glacial

Greenland’s ice cap is becoming unstable. Yep. It’s melting faster than anyone had guessed. And, being the largest land mass of ice in the Northern Hemisphere, this could be problematic. Apparently it was stable until around 2003 when the ice melt started moving faster than glacial pace. Scientists say that between April 2003 and April 2012, the region was losing ice at the rate of 10 billion tons a year.  WTF?!

3. Salamanders may save the day

Or at least help, as long as we don’t drive them into extinction first! This is a WTF in a good way. As in… who knew?

Tiny salamanders can literally gobble up carbon. Who knew? They eat insects that would otherwise release carbon dioxide. And they also chew up methane releasing leaf litter! They may not be able to keep up with the nearly 40 billion tons of  CO2 that humans put out annually, but one tiny salamander can sequester about 178 pounds of carbon per acre during a rainy season.

Fortunately, woodland salamanders can be found all over the world so these adorable little critters could definitely prove to be environmental superstars (the Ed Begley Jr. of the amphibian world, perhaps!). More reason to keep trees and salamanders safe from destruction. (And hope for rain!)

Listen to Green Diva Meg and I talk about the latest environmental headlines on the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 Report. Never a dull moment!

Here are some other stories you might enjoy:

Vermont to Pass GMO Labeling!
Years of Living Dangerously—Watch It Here, Now {Video}
Ed Begley Jr. on Celebrating Earth Day & Building it Greener
This Earth Day, Do Your Part by Going Meatless Monday

Written by Green Diva Lynn (Lynn Hasselberger).

 

96 comments

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

Mother Nature knows what she is doing!

She gave me a love for trees and a not so immaculate yard! Now I know why.

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Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner3 years ago

Okay, we need to institute a humane, salamander breeding program.

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Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner3 years ago

@.@ at the ozone.

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Margaret Skeel
Margaret Skeel3 years ago

Gee I guess Greenland, Australia and the Antarctic aren't in the world since they don't have salamanders and salamanders are apparently found "all over the world" WTF indeed!

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Natasha Salgado
natasha s3 years ago

Thanks

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NO MORE FWD to Ana Marija
ANA MARIJA R3 years ago

Thank you for the info.

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Colin Hope
Colin Hope3 years ago

Interesting, thank you!!

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A F.
Athena F3 years ago

thank you

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Marija Mohoric
Marija M3 years ago

thank you

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