Julie M. Rodriguez

 

Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in San Mateo, CA. Her work has appeared in xoJane, Care2 Causes, Greener Ideal, and Inhabitat. Follow her on Twitter @julierwrites.

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Julie M. Rodriguez
Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity,

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places

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Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Doctors who want to be able to monitor a patient’s vital signs or easily deliver treatments could soon have a new tool at their disposal: a new breed of electronic implants can be inserted

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of

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Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without air tanks. The mask, called the Triton, consists of two branching

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

On April 19th, restoration work will begin on the world’s first geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The house was built in 1960 by the inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a

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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment -- by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize, releasing fresh oxygen into the

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Elon Musk Responds to New Jersey’s Tesla Ban

Elon Musk Responds to New Jersey’s Tesla Ban

The founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, recently released a statement condemning New Jersey governor Chris Christie for banning the sale of electric vehicles directly to consumers. Musk believes

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Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Kabira Stokes has always been troubled by the things our society sees as disposable; she hates watching toxic heavy metals in used electronics being tossed into landfills, and she hates seeing

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Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

In 2013, a Greenpeace investigation revealed a shocking sight in the midst of two Indonesian palm oil plantations: the remains of multiple endangered orangutans scattered throughout and just

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While

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530-Pound Exosuit Will Uncover New Life at 1,000 Feet Under the Sea

530-Pound Exosuit Will Uncover New Life at 1,000 Feet Under the Sea

This July, deep-sea diver Mike Lombardi plans to plunge 1,000 feet below the sea in a newly-designed, high tech “Exosuit” that will take him hundreds of feet deeper than he’s ever been

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USDA May Allow Chicken Grown and Sold in US to be Processed in China

USDA May Allow Chicken Grown and Sold in US to be Processed in China

 Photo © Shutterstock Last year, the USDA made a decision that flew under the radar of many American consumers: the agency announced that China’s meat processing plants were equivalent to

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Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

 Photo © Shutterstock  Back in 1974, scientists used early satellite images to investigate a mysterious, ice-free region in the Antarctic sea called a polynya. Originally, researchers were

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Scientists Revive Giant 30,000-Year-Old Virus from Siberian Permafrost

Scientists Revive Giant 30,000-Year-Old Virus from Siberian Permafrost

French scientists recently announced that a giant virus uncovered in the Siberian permafrost has been thawed and revived. The virus, which is harmless to humans, had been trapped in the ice for

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New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

Yoga Mat photo from Shutterstock Until Subway announced it was pulling azodicarbonamide (ADA) out of its bread last week, few people had ever heard of this food additive found in many baked

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Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

 Photo © Shutterstock The UK tabloid the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for its compassionate or nuanced take on the environment (or its journalistic respect for the facts), but a recent

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution.

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Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

One of the most frightening aspects of a natural disaster can be the toll it takes on communication infrastructure. The inability of survivors to contact friends or family, call for help, or

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Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian schoolteacher, decided that after 42 years of teaching, he could do even more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a used Ape

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

Google just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are

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Ikea Discontinues Expedit Shelf, Launches Slimmed-Down Version That Saves Resources

Ikea Discontinues Expedit Shelf, Launches Slimmed-Down Version That Saves Resources

Some Ikea fans experienced a shock recently when the furniture company announced it was discontinuing its extremely popular Expedit series of shelves. The modular system can be mixed, matched,

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A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reveals a troubling trend in the Arctic: as the planet warms and the ice caps melt, the Earth is losing its ability to reflect heat back

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant

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China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

China to Create World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging network to be the largest in the world.

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Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

In response to one of the most serious droughts to hit California in decades, President Obama has promised hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to help residents cope. The past three

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

A newly-published study describes how for the first time, scientists have been able to generate more energy through an experiment than was used to initiate nuclear fusion. For more than 50

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