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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18-Foot Long “Sea Serpent” Discovered Off California Coast

18-Foot Long “Sea Serpent” Discovered Off California Coast

While snorkeling off the coast of Southern California, Jasmine Santana spotted something shimmering about 30 feet under the water. Santana, a marine science instructor from the Catalina Island

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New Palo Alto Building Code Requires Wiring for Electric Cars

New Palo Alto Building Code Requires Wiring for Electric Cars

A big hurdle facing potential electric vehicle owners is installing the equipment to charge their new car at home. Installing a home charging station can be a complicated process, often

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World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

The votes are in for the most practical solar-powered vehicle to compete in this year's 3000-km World Solar Challenge, and the winner is the Stella, a four-seat family vehicle created by the

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Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

This week the some of the world's most efficient sun-powered cars blazed across the Australian outback for the World Solar Challenge - and the competition just announced a winner! The 3000km

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Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

A farmer in North Dakota noticed something funny going on in his wheat field in late September. At first, he could only smell what he suspected was crude oil, but within a few days it began

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90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

Image via Shutterstock As the government shutdown continues to drag on, there have been some troubling new developments; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission just announced that it expects to

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The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

Image © Shutterstock Just months after Sanaria researchers created the world's first malaria vaccine, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has made a similar breakthrough in its own large-scale

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US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

A new Energy Information Administration report estimates that the US will end 2013 as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, with a combined production of 25 million barrels

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

The world's most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile

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Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

The XL1's unique design is based on three simple design principles: light weight, aerodynamics, and a low center of gravity. It weighs in at just 1,752 pounds and measures 153.3 inches long,

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Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it's rainy or overcast, you can't harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened

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Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

A new UK study shows that the fumes emitted by cars may have a devastating impact on honeybees' ability to find and recognize flowers to use as food. The scientists found that pollutants in

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

A new government report by the UK's Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. In the

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Hyperloop Development Begins with Two Top Engineers at the Helm

Hyperloop Development Begins with Two Top Engineers at the Helm

Elon Musk's recently-announced Hyperloop transportation system has just edged one step closer to reality with two high-profile engineers now backing a crowdsourced, crowdfunded project to get it

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One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale, a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, thinks it just might be. In only 13 hours,

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Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Image © Shutterstock The tech startup Nest Labs made waves in 2011 when it introduced an innovative thermostat that is capable of learning home owners' behavior and automatically adjusting

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Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Image © Shutterstock One of the major challenges in fighting influenza worldwide is how rapidly the virus evolves -- new strains of the disease emerge every year, rendering older vaccines

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Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

In the South China Sea, Typhoon Usagi is flooding the Chinese coast and Hong Kong with 45-foot-tall waves and wind gusts of 150 miles per hour -- fast enough to sweep cars off the road. The 109

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Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky

Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky

Two Norwegian artists are on a mission to bring sunlight to some of the darkest parts of the globe. Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad have created a huge LED sun sculpture that is 3 meters in

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Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Over the years, one of the biggest obstacles to widespread electric vehicle adoption has been the issue of how far the car can travel on one charge. Cars that can only travel 100 miles without

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your

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Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

On Tuesday, the operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant announced that it dumped 1,130 tons of radiation-contaminated water following a typhoon. Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday

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Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

150 years ago, England granted the Miskito people of Honduras rights over their own land. Unfortunately, that treaty has not been respected until a few days ago when the government officially

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside

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Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Image © Shutterstock The Japanese government just shut down the only nuclear reactor in the country that was still up and running after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kansai Electric Power

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New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

Australian scientists have developed a new water filter that can cheaply and easily filter arsenic out of drinking water. The technology it uses, however, isn't something you'd normally think of

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China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those

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