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.
Julie M. Rodriguez
The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid
The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers
Designer Helen White has created a high-tech wind chime that uses real-time data from a NASA spacecraft to create otherworldly, ambient sounds based on the vibrations of solar wind. The Advanced
Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns, one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. "Solid Rain" is an
Recent revelations that the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has been gushing radioactive water into the ocean have forced the Japanese government to step in amid concerns that
While environmentalists and politicians disagree about whether or not to ban pesticides suspected of killing honeybees, some farmers are completely disregarding bee-protecting legislation that's
Image via Shutterstock After years of using mice to study the inner workings of the brain, Juergen Knoblich of the Institute of Molecular Biology in Vienna, Austria decided he'd had enough.
It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to
On August 2, 2012, a salt dome operated by the petrochemical company Texas Brine collapsed near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, creating a sinkhole that forced the entire town to evacuate. Since then it
In 1630, the Puritan settler and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endicott, planted one of the first fruit trees to be cultivated in the New World. Today, Endicott's pear tree
If you've ever tried to recycle a used computer, you know how tough it can be to find someone to take your old electronics. Many people don't even realize that recycling is an option -- as a
This isn’t the first time the historic building has been saved from destruction. In 2001, the building was slated for demolition due to issues ranging from asbestos to a broken HVAC system.
Germany's largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants
A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful
When the developers of the popular OpenSignal Android app analyzed some of the data they’d gathered from their users, they were in for a surprise. They realized that the temperature sensors
Fishermen, scientists, and state officials in Hawaii are questioning the safety of “Iron Man”-style jetpacks that use pumped seawater to send users flying up into the air. The devices can
Climate scientists at Columbia University in New York have discovered that the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer may be contributing to global warming by altering wind patterns and cloud cover
Sushi photo from Shutterstock It’s no secret that most adults in the US are bombarded with pollutants on a daily basis. But a recent study in Environment International has found that the
Wind Turbine photo from Shutterstock For years, environmentalists have been faced with a dilemma when it comes to renewable energy: wind turbines generate clean power, but in the US alone
While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists, sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From
The small Pacific Island nation of the Marshall Islands is demanding that the US take decisive action on climate change in the next 12 months, fearing that without policy changes it will be
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