Kristine Lofgren

 

Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The

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VIDEO: How to Explain Global Warming in Just 35 Words

VIDEO: How to Explain Global Warming in Just 35 Words

UC Berkeley Professor Michael Ranney surveyed 270 people in San Diego and found that not even one person could explain what global warming is at even a basic level, so he and his fellow

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Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Some of the homes built by actor Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, a non-profit responsible for constructing 100 homes in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, are beginning to rot despite

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using

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Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Syringe photo via Shutterstock FIT Biotech, a medical technology company based in Finland, plans to begin testing an HIV vaccine on human subjects sometime after the spring of 2014. Hundreds

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Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world's biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of

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Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

A young male lion in South Africa discovered that it had taken on more than it could chew when a water buffalo flipped the lion several feet into the air in a daring attempt to rescue a fallen

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Life-Size Hot Rod Made Entirely from LEGO Bricks Runs on Air!

Life-Size Hot Rod Made Entirely from LEGO Bricks Runs on Air!

LEGO savants Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida have constructed a life-sized car made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks - and it runs entirely on air! The pair put out a message on Twitter asking

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Bananas May Become Extinct as Fungus Spreads Around the World

Bananas May Become Extinct as Fungus Spreads Around the World

Bad news for banana lovers: the tasty fruit is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. A nasty fungus that has been decimating bananas in Asia and Australia has jumped to Jordan and

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Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

A massive ice storm wreaked havoc on the southern and central US over the weekend, disrupting travel, knocking out power and killing at least four people. Over 200,000 people in Dallas lost

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere.

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Woof to Wash: Bark-Activated Washing Machine Lets Service Dogs Take Over on Laundry Day

Woof to Wash: Bark-Activated Washing Machine Lets Service Dogs Take Over on Laundry Day

Service dogs can help people in numerous immeasurable ways, from mountain rescue to saving bee colonies, but until now, they haven’t really been able to help with one of life’s most mundane

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Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the

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London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London Underground photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has taken a ride on the London Underground knows that it can be a sweltering experience - even in the dead of winter. Right now, all of

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New Visual Shows How Screwed We Really Are When it Comes to Climate Change

New Visual Shows How Screwed We Really Are When it Comes to Climate Change

The IPCC Report from earlier this year was packed with scary climate change statistics, but until now, it’s been a little difficult to fully visualize what they mean. Scientists rarely speak

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that

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Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

A clever new device called Powerslayer aims to stop the vampire draw on electronics - that insidious power suck that happens when you leave something plugged in even after your device is

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Ann Arbor Plans America’s First Networked Fleet of Driverless Cars by 2021

Ann Arbor Plans America’s First Networked Fleet of Driverless Cars by 2021

Ann Arbor is planning to become America’s first city with a shared network of driverless cars - and it could happen as early as 2021. The Mobility Transformation Center (UMTRI), an initiative

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid

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US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

US Makes Good on Pledge to End Coal Financing Overseas

Last June President Obama made a pledge to end coal financing abroad as part of an effort to stop climate change. After making the promise, the World Bank, where the US holds the most voting

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Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

There’s something strange happening in the San Francisco Bay, and it seems to involve Google and a giant barge made out of shipping containers. Google has never been shy about chasing

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23,000 Pounds of Meat Products Recalled Due to Threat of Listeria Contamination

23,000 Pounds of Meat Products Recalled Due to Threat of Listeria Contamination

Chicken photo from Shutterstock Reser’s Fine Foods is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of meat products this week due to possible listeria contamination. The Topeka, Kansas-based company is

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Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants. Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300

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Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Photo via Shutterstock When the government shut its doors, the national parks closed down with it, which means that no one can see the Statue of Liberty, check out the presidents at Mount

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Controversial agri-giant Monsanto is dipping its massive hands in a different type of technology. The company, known for its focus on herbicides and genetically modified seeds, recently spent

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Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

One of the world's biggest nuclear reactors was shut down last Sunday by an unlikely foe: jellyfish. Sweden's Oskarshamn reactor was closed when tons of jellyfish clogged up the pipes that

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