Environment

Planet roundup: Rescued animals, polluted air 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.

92% of people are breathing polluted air

Polluting factory at dawn

Image: Shutterstock/lexaarts

We all know that big cities like Beijing and Los Angeles are constantly drowning in smog, but a new report released by the World Health Organization says 92% of people on earth are also breathing polluted air. They also kindly released an interactive map showing the amount of pollution in different areas of the world.

Read more about this here.

Worlds most trafficked mammal is getting more protection

pangolin

Image: Shutterstock/Kobie Douglas

The pangolin is in huge demand for their scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, and therefore they are the most trafficked mammal on earth. In the past, all pangolins were listed on Appendix II but with a zero quota for Asian species, which means that African trade is totally legal. However, a new move has been made to up four additional species to Appendix I which will further protect them.

Read more about this here.

Animals rescued from “world’s worst zoo”

Locked up tiger in a circus caravan

Image: Shutterstock/Katharina Wittfeld

Recently, a rescue mission has taken place to save various animals from what has been called the “world’s worst zoo” located in near the Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. Among the animals found were a bengal tiger, five monkeys, an emu, a pelican, two buzzards, two porcupines, two tortoises, and a doe.

Read more about this here.

Australia is drifting away

Image: Google Maps

Image: Google Maps

All of earth’s continents float on tectonic plates, and Australia has floated by a ton recently. Since 1994, the continent has shifted 4.9 feet. In comparison, North America shifts about one inch per year, so why is Australia shifting so much faster?

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