2014: 14-Year-Old Bindi Irwin Stands Up To Hillary Clinton For Freedom Of Speech

Bindi Irwin was asked by Hillary Clinton to write a 1000-word essay on conservation as part of Secretary Clinton’s endangered species initiative. The piece was to be published in the December issue titled Go Wild Coming Together for Conservation, but Clinton didn’t like what Bindi had to say on population and the environment and wanted it changed. A not so happy, Bindi wrote to Hillary Clinton’s organization and said “What happened to freedom of speech?”  “This is my opinion and I don’t want that edited out.” Fourteen-year-old Bindi was asked to write for US Secretary of State Clinton’s e-journal about why she had chosen to work in wildlife conservation. Her essay largely focused on the issue of overpopulation but the piece was returned, heavily censored with all references to overpopulation removed. She is understandably upset. To See Bindi’s Unedited Speech See Below Bindi Irwin’s original (un-edited) essay regarding overpopulation See Bindi Irwin read […] Read More

2014: A Tree That Eats Metal Was Just Discovered In The Philippines

Plants have evolved to exclude any metal from their roots or in any of the surrounding soil. Most plants do this, but not a particular plant called the Rinorea Niccolifera. It was discovered in the jungles of the Philippines and can accumulate up to 18,000 ppm of metal in its leaves and roots without being poisoned. This is 100 to 1000 times the amount of metal that normal plants can take in. Researchers at the University of the Phillippines – Los Banos that described the species in a new report also discovered that its ability to eat toxic levels of metals could make the tree a great solution to toxic waste sites around the planet. This is why this discovery is so important. It is a small tree, normally 1.8 meters tall with a stem ranging from 3 to 13 centimeters in diameter. You can access the full study […] Read More