Giant Squid Kraken Sea Monster Caught on Video

Giant Squid Kraken Sea Monster Caught on Video

The journal Nature reports that a team of ocean researchers have captured the world’s first video of a giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in its natural environment. The video was captured 700 meters (2300 feet) beneath the Pacific near the Ogasawara archipelago,  about 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo Japan. The mission was funded by Japan’s NHK broadcasting[.....]

Grasshopper Stress Changes Local Environment

Grasshopper Stress Changes Local Environment

An Israeli research team discovers a mechanism whereby even tiny seemingly insignificant chemical changes in a creature can affect the ecology of the earth. Snakes, spiders and creepy-crawly things that go bump in the night are the creatures of children’s nightmares. But who ever thought that the little critters might actually be scared of each[.....]

Peak Phosphorus Fuels the World’s Growing Bellyache

Peak Phosphorus Fuels the World’s Growing Bellyache

Whisked away down the toilet and into our waterways, we are losing stocks of phosphorus and the result can be very scary.  Looking for something new to worry about? Phosphorus hops onto the list of rapidly diminishing natural resources: a dangerous dwindling of something that probably never crossed your mind. Production will likely peak in our[.....]

Lab Monkeys in Israel Get Reprieve – For Now

Lab Monkeys in Israel Get Reprieve – For Now

A recent Israeli Supreme Court decision has temporarily barred the shipment of 90 monkeys to research labs in the United States.  Mazor Farm, where the monkeys are being farmed, must now provide documentation proving it operates within Israel’s legal framework for captive animals. Many people imagine the typical Israeli farm as a peaceful, lush, agrarian[.....]

Termite Mounds Inspire Energy Neutral Buildings

Termite Mounds Inspire Energy Neutral Buildings

Mr. Dubai, why not build your hotel like a termite would? Green Prophet has written many articles on green building, and the revival of beautiful earth architecture in the Middle East. Earth architecture is certainly a more sustainable and interesting alternative solution – for those lucky enough to own some rural land, but can buildings[.....]

Water Pollution in Israel Threatens People, Animals, Plants

Lead and other pollutants are seeping into Israeli drinking water at alarming levels. Lutra numbers decimated; human health at risk. Water pollution in Israeli lakes, streams and groundwater aquifers is reaching alarming levels. Although the country has regulations in place to prevent discharges, including a comprehensive Water Law, contamination is commonplace. And now scientists are[.....]

Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

Egypt’s Red Sea Sharks Face Extinction

The Arab Spring in Egypt has been a failure for sharks. Since last year’s political uprising, and consequent deterioration of law enforcement, poachers supplying restaurants with illicit shark fins have driven the Red Sea shark population down by as much as 80 percent, reports Egypt Independent. In 2006, laws prohibiting trading in sharks were passed,[.....]

Biblical Hyrax Is Now A Pest

Biblical Hyrax Is Now A Pest

The hyrax are cute to some, and pests to others. Photos by Arik Kershenbaum They are considered as cute little critters to some people, and they have been around since at least biblical times. But nowadays, like other animals that are classified as pests – like jellyfish during the summer months, or wild boar that[.....]

From Pickled Song Birds to Snakes at Risk

From Pickled Song Birds to Snakes at Risk

This Cyprus grass snake is now an endangered species First a severe water crisis threatened to create a dire peril to both people and animals in Cyprus. Then we revealed a crisis gripping the island’s song bird population with over one million songbirds killed to make a popular pickled food dish. Now the common Cyprus grass[.....]

Name this Baby Orphaned Gazelle

Name this Baby Orphaned Gazelle

His mother passed away at birth. Now zookeepers at the Al Ain Zoo in Abu Dhabi are asking the public to give this baby gazelle a name. No Splashypants please! Remember Mr. Splashypants the whale that was named during an online Greenpeace campaign? Like it or not, that’s what voters chose for the whale now[.....]

You’re Invited To The Jungle Ball!

You’re Invited To The Jungle Ball!

Kuwait’s animal rights society is hosting a jungle-themed ball and art auction to raise awareness of the plight of animals in the country The Middle East doesn’t exactly have a great reputation when it comes to animal rights and, in some way, you can understand why. Here at Green Prophet we have covered stories including[.....]

In Remotest Anatolia, Lone NGO Speaks Up On Nature’s Behalf

In Remotest Anatolia, Lone NGO Speaks Up On Nature’s Behalf

Çağan Şekercioğlu founded ecological research and conservation NGO KuzeyDoğa in 2007 to promote biodiversity and resist environmental degradation in Turkey’s fast-developing eastern region. As thermal power plants and hydroelectric dams pop up more and more across Turkey’s landscape, the effects of these developments on the natural environment go largely unseen. Especially in Turkey’s rural, lightly[.....]

DNA Tracking and Nuclear Beef Contamination in Japan

DNA Tracking and Nuclear Beef Contamination in Japan

“Fukushima cows” starving to death – but some got shipped to the meat markets. Revelation that some 84 Japanese beef cattle shipped to markets in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan may be contaminated with radiation may not have happened had the exposed cattle been genetically “profiled” by a new DNA tracing process being developed by[.....]

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