Michael dEstries


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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.


First Video Footage of Giant Squid in Natural Habitat Emerges

in Animals, Causes, News, Science, Top News

Yesterday, the world learned that video of the elusive (and legendary) giant squid in its natural habitat had finally been successfully recorded. Today, the Discovery Channel released a few tantalizing

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Paul Watson Steps Down From Sea Shepherd

in Animals, Causes, News, Top News

Paul Watson is once again going the distance in an effort to prevent more whales from dying at the hands of the Japanese whaling fleet. The 62-year-old founder and president

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This is the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Winner

in Causes, Entertainment, News, Top News

Photographer Ashley Vincent of Chonburi, Thailand is this year’s winner of the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest. Her stunning shot of a a tigress named Busaba shaking herself dry at Khao Kheow Open

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‘Battleground: Rhino Wars’ to Premiere on Animal Planet

in Entertainment, Film/TV, News, Top News

Along with the not-so-unexpected announcement that Animal Planet was renewing its hit  ”Whale Wars” for a sixth season was the reveal of another conservation-themed reality mini-series titled “Battleground: Rhino Wars.”

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NFL Players Strip for PETA’s Anti-Fur Campaign (NSFW)

in Animals, Causes, News, Sports, Top News

NFL stars Bret Lockett of the NY Jets and Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills are the latest big names to strip down for PETA’s “Ink Not Mink” campaign. Way

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Inside Vegan Chef Jason Wrobel’s New Cooking Channel Show (Video)

in Eats, Film/TV, News, Top News, Vegan

The buzz for Jason Wrobel’s new vegan series on the Cooking Channel has been steadily growing over social media the last few days. Clearly, people are eager for some delicious, simple,

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Hamster Activists Slam Justin Bieber’s ‘Cruel’ Giveaway

in Animals, Causes, News, Top News

Earlier this month, Justin Bieber very oddly gave away his pet hamster Pac to a screaming fan after an Atlanta holiday concert (see video of the exchange below). Naturally, this

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