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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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

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

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

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

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Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

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

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Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

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

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Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

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

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Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

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

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Austrian Scientists Grow Mini Human Brains in a Lab

Austrian Scientists Grow Mini Human Brains in a Lab

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.

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

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

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24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

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

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America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

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

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Terracyle Turns Electronic Waste Into Stylish Clipboards

Terracyle Turns Electronic Waste Into Stylish Clipboards

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

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Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma

Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma

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.

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

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

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Dutch Pigs Keep Cool with Their Own Water Slide

Dutch Pigs Keep Cool with Their Own Water Slide

Most people don’t realize it, but pigs wallow in mud to keep cool. These sensitive animals don’t have sweat glands like humans, and they’re also prone to sunburn. One Dutch farmer, Erik

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500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport has repurposed its empty land and is now hosting 500,000 honeybees as part of a partnership with nonprofit group The Common Acre. In the midst of mass bee die-offs and

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

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

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New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries

New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries

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

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“Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations

“Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations

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

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Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

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

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New Study Shows Rich People’s Bodies Are Filled With Different Toxins

New Study Shows Rich People’s Bodies Are Filled With Different Toxins

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

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Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year

Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year

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

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

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

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Thousands of Fish Die in Record Alaskan Heat Wave

Thousands of Fish Die in Record Alaskan Heat Wave

A record-breaking heat wave recently resulted in the deaths of thousands of fish throughout Alaska. Highs of over 90 degrees devastated trout and salmon hatcheries in the state by making the

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Marshall Islands Leaders Ask John Kerry to Come See Climate Change Devastation Firsthand

Marshall Islands Leaders Ask John Kerry to Come See Climate Change Devastation Firsthand

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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Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery?

Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery?

Image via Shutterstock Even if you don’t drink fair trade coffee, chances are you’ve already heard about the low wages and poor working conditions many coffee farmers experience around

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