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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World’s Tallest Building May Shut Down Elevators, Air Conditioning Due to Outstanding Fees

World’s Tallest Building May Shut Down Elevators, Air Conditioning Due to Outstanding Fees

 Image © Rahhal / Shutterstock.com The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, has run into some financial troubles that may result in management shutting down air

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at

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Miami Developer Offers Free Tesla Model S to Penthouse Buyers

Miami Developer Offers Free Tesla Model S to Penthouse Buyers

A Miami developer is offering an unusual perk for prospective tenants: if potential buyers play their cards right, they may receive a customized Telsa Model S free with their new penthouse.

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot

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Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

A team of Italian and Swiss researchers have developed the LifeHand 2, the first artificial hand that restores a sense of touch to patients with a missing limb. The limb is wired up to

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Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in

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Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service

Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service

The Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway has found a way to attract animal-loving guests from around the world by launching the world's first dog sled taxi to pick guests up from the nearby Kirkenes

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Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Keystone XL Impact Report Leaves Environmentalists Disappointed

Image © Shutterstock A long-awaited report from the US State Department claims that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to add to global greenhouse gasses in any significant way --

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Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Image © Shutterstock Your toothpaste, facial scrub, or body wash may be clogging waterways with tiny plastic particles - without you even realizing it. One bottle of facial cleanser may

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Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Scientists say the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico is now at the lowest level ever since records began in 1993. In their recorded peak in 1995, the butterflies covered more

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,”

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Tesla Supercharging Stations Enable Effortless Travel from LA to New York

Tesla Supercharging Stations Enable Effortless Travel from LA to New York

For the first time, Tesla Model S drivers can travel from coast to coast at no charge, thanks to a network of “superchargers” stretching across a number of major US cities. In the past,

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Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Unlikely to Include Ambitious Environmental Promises

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Unlikely to Include Ambitious Environmental Promises

 Image © Shutterstock If you were hoping to hear Obama announce plans to aggressively tackle climate change or promote green energy in this year’s State of the Union address, you’d

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Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

Researchers Discover Nearly 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks in Washington, D.C.

A street-by-street survey of the District of Columbia has found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in the city’s aging pipes. A dozen of those leaks were found beneath manholes, where methane has

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Yale Study Finds Climate Change Skepticism at Six-Year High

Yale Study Finds Climate Change Skepticism at Six-Year High

 Image © Shutterstock A new study from Yale and George Mason University found that the number of people who don’t believe in global warming has grown 7% since the spring of 2013. That

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Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Japanese fisherman have penned over 200 bottlenose dolphins in a cove as part of a traditional hunting practice which has left the marine mammals stressed, bloodied, and frantic to escape. For

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a

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29,000 Tesla Model S Chargers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

29,000 Tesla Model S Chargers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Tesla Motors just announced a recall of 29,000 NEMA 14-50 charging adapters for its Model S car, citing concerns that the adapters could overheat while plugged in - affected chargers could melt

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Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest for $3.2 Billion

Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest for $3.2 Billion

Soon, Google may be a greater part of your life than simply the sites and apps you use on your computer or phone: the company's tech may be wired into the appliances that run your home.

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Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs

Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs

 Photo © Shutterstock As climate change causes the polar ice caps to melt, a few entrepreneurs are trying to sell off the ocean’s icebergs as drinking water. Instead of allowing valuable

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California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

For the second straight year, California has experienced unusually dry winter weather, leading desperate water agencies to try to make up for the shortfall using cloud seeding. By spraying fine

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's

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$100 3D-Printed Prosthetics Offer Hope to Amputees in War-Torn Sudan

$100 3D-Printed Prosthetics Offer Hope to Amputees in War-Torn Sudan

Back in 2012, Time magazine published an article describing the plight of a 14-year-old boy named Daniel Omar, who lost both hands to a bomb dropped by his own government. One reader, Mick

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High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

 Image © Shutterstock Construction has just begun on a futuristic farming project in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. A combination farm and solar park, the Renewable Energy Village will

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Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Over 140 million Americans are bracing this week for the coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years. A “polar vortex” of cold, dense air has the National Weather Service predicting weather 30

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Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral

Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral

When Windsor Meats in Vancouver, Canada posted a funny joke the manager had seen online in their window, the last thing they expected was for the photo to circulate back to the original

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in

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Australian Billionaire to Reenact Titanic Voyage for $1 Million a Ticket

Australian Billionaire to Reenact Titanic Voyage for $1 Million a Ticket

An Australian billionaire named Clive Palmer has apparently decided to tempt fate by building a full-sized, working replica of the Titanic. Already, 40,000 people have expressed an interest in

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1,000 Year-Old Abandoned Vineyard Uncovered In Spain

1,000 Year-Old Abandoned Vineyard Uncovered In Spain

Spanish archeologists have uncovered evidence of a 1,000 year old vineyard in Zaballa, a medieval settlement that was abandoned in the 15th century. Researchers from the University of Basque

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Harvard Researchers Successfully Reverse Aging in Mice

Harvard Researchers Successfully Reverse Aging in Mice

 Photo © Shutterstock In a new study published in the journal Cell, Harvard researchers claim to have discovered a new compound that can revive old cells in mice and make them act

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