(EnviroNews World News)— Mexico’s Adrian Lopez and Marte Cazarez have taken the nopal cactus (Opuntia), more commonly known as the prickly pear, and turned it into an environmentally friendly, animal friendly alternative to leather and its oil-based plastic alternative “pleather.” They have been working on the process for…

(EnviroNews World News) — Montreal, Quebec — Many tea makers are substituting plastic for paper with their top-of-the-line, pyramidal tea bags. These expensive, “silken” bags have more room to allow larger leaves to expand, which results in better tasting tea. But these smooth tea bags contain no silk at…

(EnviroNews World News) — Kruger National Park, South Africa — Between 2008 and 2018, poachers killed about 4,000 rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and its surrounding private reserves. These thugs typically take only the horn to sell for unfounded medicinal use in Asia. They oftentimes leave the…

(EnviroNews World News) — The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) has recruited women to protect the world’s natural heritage along Africa’s Zambezi River. The Akashinga, or “Brave Ones,” is a privately-funded, highly-trained, vegan group of local women from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds assigned to protect the Lower Zambezi Ecosystem along…

(EnviroNews World News) — After a 30-year hiatus, Japan intends to allow businesses to resume commercial whale hunting in July 2019. According to NPR’s Anthony Kuhn, Japan is also justifying the country’s withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned commercial whaling in the 1980s, stating that…

(EnviroNews World News) — On February 13, 2018, France’s Institut de Radioprotectionet de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN) reported airborne particulate matter containing radioactive iodine 131. Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) issued a press release on February 19, saying it also found iodine 131 in the air over…

(EnviroNews World News) — Cape Morris Jesup, Greenland — In the dark of an Arctic February, when the sun is nowhere to be found, the Danish Meteorological Institute’s (DMI) outpost in Jesup, Greenland (400 miles from the North Pole), just observed record-smashing temperatures, far exceeding what scientists expect…

(EnviroNews World News) — PETITION WATCH: The Center For Biological Diversity (the Center) launched an online petition, after President Donald Trump announced the largest national monument rollback in U.S. history on December 4, 2017, before a mostly Republican crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah. If successfully implemented, the…

(EnviroNews World News) — An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected “in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries,” from late September through mid-October, according to France’s Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) — but the source is still unknown. As…

(EnviroNews World News) — Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, Kenya — To the astonishment of local villagers, two white reticulated giraffes (Giraffa reticulata) emerged from the brush near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya’s Garissa County. Locals quickly notified rangers from the nearby Hirola Conservation Program — an organization setup…