Rhinos are worth more dead than alive. In South Africa, owning a rhino is a liability rather than a privilege. This is because rhinoceros horn is revered in some countries as a medicine and status symbol that promotes health, wealth, and prosperity. A kilogram of horn can cost up to $65 000, exceeding the value […]Read More Artificial Rhino Horn: An Artificial Solution?
Victoria Wallace ‘18 is an intern for Illinois PIRG (Public Interest Research Groups) and Environment Illinois. She worked with a Campaign Organizer, Lianne May, on a national campaign to get colleges to commit to 100% renewable energy in college campuses. Campuses are the perfect places for implementing renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, […]Read More Intern Spotlight: Meet Victoria
South Asian Floods are the Deadliest Natural Disaster of 2017 — And You May Not Have Even Heard Of Them Mud sloshes thick and heavy around ankles. Sheets of rain pound relentlessly against crumbling buildings. Villagers frantically scramble to save their friends and family, let alone what meager belongings they have left. As the water […]Read More Behind the South Asian Monsoons
From-farm-to-table: it’s the idea that our food is pulled right out of the farm ground with one hand and placed onto our dinner tables with the other. With our backyard gardens and our organic supermarkets, it seems like we have reached the ideal: we are closer to the “farm-fresh” way of eating right now more […]Read More “From Farm to Table”: The Power of Locally-Sourced Food on a Large Scale
On a clear-skied Tuesday, a yellow butterfly flickered amongst purple and golden flowers. A soft breeze rolled past an array of plants and grasses, eliciting the sounds of crickets, grasshoppers, and gold finches in its wake. It was a typical day for the ecology of the Florida and Orchid Prairie, filled with the sounds of […]Read More Growing a Balance: The Removal of the Campus Honor House Prairie Garden
Have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly NASA is? Sure, they have sent probes to investigate other planets, but NASA is also partly responsible for designing technology that gives us information about our very own planet. Some of that technology includes satellites such as Terra, the flagship of the Earth Observing System (EOS). Launched […]Read More Earth’s Flagship: Terra
It seems as if everyday on the news they’re talking about another destructive mega-storm that is devastating a certain region of the world. In this past month alone, there have been two major hurricanes that have ravaged different regions of the United States, as well as a number of island nations in the Atlantic Ocean. […]Read More Hurricane Watch: Connection to Climate Change?