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Planet Roundup: Offshore drilling, reduced poaching and more

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here at OutwardOn, we are dedicated to keeping you up to date on everything important happening on our planet, including the health of its resources, animals and more. So, each Friday we are bringing you Planet Roundup—the most important environmental news stories (the good and the bad) that happened during the week to make sure you’re caught up on everything.

This week’s Planet Roundup features potential reduced poaching rates, as well as news about oil pipelines. Stay up to date on all things going on within our planet.

Offshore drilling could hurt marine mammals

A male killer whale surfaces in the calm waters of the Salish Sea

Image: Shutterstock/Monika Wieland

The Obama administration has long voiced it’s support for environmental issues, however the auction of land in the Gulf of Mexico seems to do the opposite. Environmental groups have become outraged that 23.8m acres of the Gulf of Mexico will be auctioned off to fossil fuel companies, seeing that marine mammals are known to live in these areas.

Read more about this here.

Dogs are helping reduce poaching in Tanzania

A Pile Of Old Ivory Tusks

Image: Shutterstock/Svetlana Foote

Two specially trained dogs are helping to find illegal ivory tusks to hopefully slow the rate of poaching going on in Tanzania. The dogs, named Jenny and Dexter, recently discovered four elephant tusks within a minute after being tipped. Could this be the key to stopping poachers?

Read more about this here.

Italy devastated by earthquake

This aerial photo shows the damaged buildings in the town of Amatrice, central Italy, after an earthquake, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)           NYTCREDIT: Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press

This aerial photo shows the damaged buildings in the town of Amatrice, central Italy, after an earthquake, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
NYTCREDIT: Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press

Early Wednesday morning, a huge earthquake rattled through many towns in Italy, such as Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto. At least 241 people have been killed, and at least 2,500 people have been left homeless from the endless destruction.

Read more about this (and how you can help) here.

Sioux tribe fights construction of oil pipeline

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The Native American Sioux tribe is fighting to protect their water supply and sacred areas from the impending construction of an oil pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux claim that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to properly examine the real effects this pipeline (which would run from North Dakota oil fields through South Dakota and Iowa and on to Illinois) could cause to it’s surrounding environment.

Read more about this here.

Lauren is a part-time editorial and graphic contributor at 301 Digital Media who has a strange obsession with cats and a love for Drake that will never be reciprocated. Follow her on Instagram: @lpetermeyer