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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Report Finds Shocking 97% of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated with Bacteria

Report Finds Shocking 97% of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated with Bacteria

 Photo © Shutterstock If you thought you were avoiding potential superbugs by buying organic chicken, you might want to reconsider your shopping list -- researchers at Consumer Reports have

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EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy

EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy

Photo © Shutterstock John C. Beale, a former senior advisor for the US Environmental Protection Agency, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Wednesday for defrauding the agency out of nearly

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Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Photo © Shutterstock Warren Buffet’s utility company, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, announced yesterday that it had placed a massive order for 448 wind turbines, worth $1 billion. The

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World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

Photo © Shutterstock A group of South Korean scientists have developed a microscopic robot that can both detect and treat cancer. The nanorobot is powered by a special, genetically-modified

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FDA Demands Proof from Manufacturers that Antibacterial Soaps are Safe

FDA Demands Proof from Manufacturers that Antibacterial Soaps are Safe

Image © Shutterstock After years of research indicating that antibacterial chemicals in common household products may be causing health problems in consumers, the US Food and Drug

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New Study Shows Sea Levels Will Rise Two Feet in Just 70 Years

New Study Shows Sea Levels Will Rise Two Feet in Just 70 Years

A new study in the journal Scientific Reports estimates that melting ice will cause sea levels to rise 2 feet within the next 70 years, and a whopping 8 feet by the year 2200. Scientists believe

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Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

 Photo © Shutterstock The National Library of Norway has just announced plans to digitize its entire library of hundreds of thousands of books by the mid-2020s. A new law will require all

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Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

If there’s one thing all smartphone owners have in common, it’s the anxiety about dropping and cracking an expensive piece of hardware while you’re out and about during the day. Most

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Photosynthesis Bike Purifies the Air as You Ride

Photosynthesis Bike Purifies the Air as You Ride

Biking to work is about to get a whole lot greener. Not only are bicycles better for the Earth than driving and a great way to keep in shape -- but a new bike concept recently unveiled by

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World’s First Supermarket Made of Ice Opens in Romanian Capitol

World’s First Supermarket Made of Ice Opens in Romanian Capitol

An 80-ton supermarket made completely out of transparent blocks of ice just opened in the Romanian capitol of Bucharest for the Christmas season. The walls, shelves, counters, and displays have

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US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would allow certain wind farms to kill or injure bald eagles without penalty for up to 30 years, in an effort to encourage companies to invest

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41 Stranded Whales Fight for Life in Florida Everglades

41 Stranded Whales Fight for Life in Florida Everglades

Rescue teams are remaining cautiously optimistic as a pod of 41 pilot whales slowly heads out to sea after spending two days stranded in a remote region of Florida’s Everglades National Park.

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Electric Car Owner Arrested After “Stealing” 5 Cents Worth of Power

Electric Car Owner Arrested After “Stealing” 5 Cents Worth of Power

A father in Chamblee, Georgia was arrested in November for plugging in his Nissan Leaf  at his son’s school while the 11-year-old played tennis. Kaveh Kamooneh arrived early on a Saturday

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Christmas Tree Farms are Shutting Down Due to Climate Change

Christmas Tree Farms are Shutting Down Due to Climate Change

 Photo © Shutterstock  Throughout the U.S., extreme weather events are causing Christmas tree farmers to close up shop and stop planting new trees. In Vermont and New Hampshire, an early

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Motoyuki Daifu - Project Family #10 It’s no secret that living space is at a premium in Japanese households, and in this playful series called Project Family, Motoyuki Daifu tackles the

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More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

A crowd of over 1,000 cyclists gathered outside Transport for London headquarters on Friday to protest what they say is dangerous transport infrastructure in the city. The protest comes after a

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Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

The U-CAT, an adorable turtle-shaped robot designed to explore underwater wrecks, debuts today in the Robot Safari exhibit at the London Science Museum. The robot has been specially designed to

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House Decked With Over 500,000 Christmas Lights is a Monument to Excess

House Decked With Over 500,000 Christmas Lights is a Monument to Excess

An Australian family has just claimed their second Guinness World Record by stringing over half a million Christmas lights across across their property. Lawyer David Richards and his family

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Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Following two weeks of discussion, the UN climate talks in Warsaw finally ended in a compromise agreement, with participating nations agreeing to work toward curbing emissions as soon as

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The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The world's first bionic eye is set to hit the US market next month! The Argus II is a retinal implant that helps restore vision to patients blinded by a degenerative eye disease. The FDA

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NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA just announced plans to grow plants on the moon in 2015 as the first step towards sustaining life on other planets. A group of scientists, contractors, students, and volunteers called the

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Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Deforestation image via Shutterstock At the UN climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday, the US, UK, and Norway announced a joint plan to dedicate $280 million to a new initiative aimed at

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Researchers Accidentally Kill World’s Oldest Living Animal While Trying to Determine its Age

Researchers Accidentally Kill World’s Oldest Living Animal While Trying to Determine its Age

In 2006, Bangor University researchers caught what they thought was an ordinary clam off the coast of Iceland. Curious about its age, scientists cracked open its shell. They soon realized

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Rescued Dog Becomes First Pup to Climb Mount Everest

Rescued Dog Becomes First Pup to Climb Mount Everest

An abandoned mutt that was found starving in a garbage dump in India has become the first dog to climb to Everest’s Base Camp with his globe-trotting owner. Former professional golfer Joanne

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Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

 Photo © Shutterstock  A new report from the International Energy Agency has found that China is on track to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the US, the European Union

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Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Marine energy technology company Minesto just unveiled a working version of their innovative marine power plant, which can produce energy from the movement of ocean currents. The device, called

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least

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Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines early Friday. At 1,200 miles across, the storm is expected to inflict widespread damage. Meteorologists clocked

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The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out how soon cities around the world will begin to feel the effects of major climate change - and their findings

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Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago

Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago

 Image © Shutterstock Swiss scientists from the University of Bern are hoping that a 3 km long cross-section of Antarctic ice could reveal new information about climate change throughout

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