Environment

My Favorite Garden Herbs and How To Grow Them

Basil (Sweet Basil) is one of the most common herbs grown in gardens. (Todd Heft/bigblogofgardening.com)
Basil (Sweet Basil) is one of the most common herbs grown in gardens. (Todd Heft/bigblogofgardening.com)

Before our modern synthetic scents were created, herbs were an important aspect of everyday living.  They were used for many functions including dyes, medicines, room...




  • The 262-foot hole is located in the Yamal Peninsula in the gas rich section of Northern Siberia, a section of Siberia so remote people actually call it “The End Of the World.” (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious Giant Hole Suddenly Appears (Video)

    Helicopter crew in Siberia have discovered a giant hole in the ground. Now scientists are on their way to figure out what caused it. Video... Read more

  • Honduras, Bay Islands, Utila Island, Brain Coral And Fan Coral. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Coral Reefs Key for Saving Millions of Humans

    Coral reefs form one of the most delicate and valuable ecosystems along the coastlines of the world. Even though they cover less than 1% of... Read more

  • Fracking

    California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s... Read more

  • Southern elephant seals battle for mating rights. Photo by: G. Harris/WCS.

    Argentina Gains Biosphere Reserve on Peninsula

        Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina’s Península Valdés a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program (MBA). A... Read more

  • A dead scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini, lying in the sand. Ecuador.  (Photo by Jim Abernethy/National Geographic/Getty Images)

    First Shark Species Protected Under the ESA

    Many, if not most, of our large terrestrial predators – lions, tigers, bears, and wolves – have enjoyed Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for decades... Read more

  • Are animals able to express gratitude? This might be an instance where one turtle was showing his thanks to a diver who saved its life. (AOL Screenshot)

    Diver Saves Sea Turtle, Then THIS Happens (Video)

    Can animals express gratitude? Most pet owners believe they can and this video suggests that saying “thank you” isn’t uniquely human. While spear fishing for... Read more

  • A Cross River gorilla, a distinct subspecies of which fewer than 300 still exist. (Courtesy of WCS Nigeria)

    Deforestation Threatens Endangered Gorillas

    The mountain forests at the Nigeria-Cameroon border are home to one of the rarest and most threatened subspecies of African apes – the Cross River... Read more

  • Newly hatched reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus). These are one of the largest snakes in the world with the longest measuring 28 feet. (Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

    Snakes: Keepers of the Ecological Balance

    Okay, so some snakes are so venomous they can kill you in 30 minutes (the inland taipan). And, yes, the fact that they don’t have... Read more

  • Young and old, we can catch them for you wholesale.(Flickr/bwalsh, CC BY-NC)

    Lessons From the North Atlantic Could Help Save Fish in the Mediterranean

    The Mediterranean Sea holds some of the most heavily fished waters in the world, and a recent paper has revealed the extent to which the... Read more

  • A pony grazes as smoke and ash below from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano near Porolfsell, Iceland on April 21, 2010 (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fertilization Major Cause of Biodiversity Loss

      The world’s grasslands are being destabilized by fertilization, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. In a study of 41 grassland... Read more

  • Great Indian Bustard (wikimedia.org)

    Endangered India Bird Has Single Baby

    There is a new baby in the world and it is very precious as it is a singular addition to a bird family that is... Read more

  • Shade-grown coffee in Latin America. This type of cultivation requires less deforestation than sun-grown, and helps maintain habitat connectivity and biodiversity. (Photo by Rhett A. Butler)

    Shade Grown Coffee Helps Forests and Natives

    Shade-grown coffee is regarded as a form of permaculture, in which coffee is grown under a canopy of native trees in full to moderate shade... Read more

  • Someday, this puppy may grow up to non-violently fend off cheetahs and other predators. (Niki Rust)

    Cats’ Best Friend? A New Role for Guard Dogs in South Africa

    The last couple centuries have seen the decline of many large predator species. While there has been a surge of recovery and reintroduction programs to... Read more

  • Green drivers swiftly pass a traffic light. *Shutterstock

    Fast and Furious Road Etiquette for Green Drivers

    Many fuel-saving tips advise driving slowly, but you should actually often drive fast to save fuel and minimize the impact on the environment.  Driving slowly works... Read more

  • Leopards (Panthera pardus) are found throughout Africa and Asia, and often kill livestock. (Photo by Niki Rust)

    South Africa Wild Cats Protected by Dogs

    The last couple centuries have seen the decline of many large predator species. While there has been a surge of recovery and reintroduction programs to... Read more

  • (Zoo Jeans)

    Jeans Designed by Lions and Tigers Are a Win-Win for Zoos

    A Japanese jeans maker has found a new way of capitalising on zoo animals. Zoo Jeans are producing jeans “designed by dangerous animals”. Denim is... Read more


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