Morgana Matus

 

Morgana joins Inhabitat after graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from Pitzer College and completing a Fulbright Hays Award in Norway in the field Environmental Ethics. Having trained at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, she is excited to use her experience as performer and scientist to engage audiences and share her enthusiasm for the natural world. She currently resides in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California where she performs, writes, and makes terrible puns without any provocation.

Morgana Matus
Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Animal lovers and fastidious fishermen are already aware of the dangers that plastic six-pack drink rings, fishing line, hooks, and rubber bands pose to ocean creatures. However, a far more

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Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden's massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA's dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye on every aspect of domestic and foreign

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21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, there should be other things on your mind than the sustainable pedigree of your lingerie. Take a look at 21 guilt-free and incredibly sexy ideas for the holiday and show a

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Russian Billionaire Battles to Save Stray Dogs from Extermination in Sochi

Russian Billionaire Battles to Save Stray Dogs from Extermination in Sochi

Russian officials have been scrambling to prepare the city of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics - and part of their plan is to round up and kill hundreds of stray dogs. In response to the

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid

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California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

Agriculture around the world is suffering due to climate change, and famous grape-producing regions are being crushed by unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and increased global demand for

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate

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Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ever dreamed of owning a melodic melon, harmonious horseradish, or pitch-perfect pineapple? The Ototo synthesizer developed by London-based Dentaku allows musicians of any level to turn the

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Gorgeous Interactive Map Shows Every River in the Continental US

Gorgeous Interactive Map Shows Every River in the Continental US

The conveniences of modern life have a way of distancing us from our natural environment - few people who live in cities have an intimate knowledge of the rivers, streams, and basins that supply

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How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

Photo via Shutterstock With the number of athletes and fans traveling to a gigantic stadium filled with bright lights, epic half-time shows, and enough confetti to carpet a billion hamster

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How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

Image via Shutterstock If you own a pair of jeans that fit so snugly that they can be confused for colored cling-wrap, chances are they contain a hefty amount of spandex. For the past

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China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

Image via Shutterstock For generations, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated with red money-filled envelopes, family dinners, and exploding firecrackers that herald the days to

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NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

Just as a trunk full of luggage affects your gas mileage on a road trip, the amount of supplies on a spacecraft determines how far and efficiently a spacecraft can travel. In order to reduce the

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Monsanto is Going Organic in an Effort to Win Over Consumers

Monsanto is Going Organic in an Effort to Win Over Consumers

To many consumers, the name "Monsanto" is hard to stomach. The company has become associated with the evils of big agribusiness by creating potent pesticides, GM crops, and suing small farmers

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

California's severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight

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Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

The Farmer's Fridge vending machine has taken the art of convenience food to a completely new level. Instead of offering processed, body-wrecking junk in environmentally-unfriendly wrappers, the

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HOW TO: Bake Guilt-Free Vegan and Organic Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

HOW TO: Bake Guilt-Free Vegan and Organic Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

There are few things that can fill a room like the smell of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls. Yet all too often, the enticing smell leads to pastries that are full of processed sugar, white flour, and

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Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Droege has taken hundreds of photographs of insects from around the world. His macro portraits of bees from US National Parks allows for an up-close-and-personal view of what most often appears

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Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the southern coast. Due to human encroachment and

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to

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Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their

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California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow, California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning

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Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

Mother and photographer Elena Shumilova may have one of the world's most enchanting family albums. Her work captures the interactions between her two young boys and their bonds with the animals

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Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

For many who grew up in an age filled with germ-killing soaps and chemical disinfectants, "bacteria" is a dirty word. However new research suggests that promoting the growth of certain strains

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog

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10 Easy and Delicious Vegan Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

10 Easy and Delicious Vegan Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

A busy daily schedule doesn't have to mean sacrificing a balanced diet or flavor. With a slow cooker, you can toss in your ingredients, set the timer, and come back hours later to a hot and

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists

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Colorado Sushi Restaurant Offers Pot-Pairing Menu

Colorado Sushi Restaurant Offers Pot-Pairing Menu

Colorado's recent legalization of recreational marijuana has brought about some strange new changes, including the Denver Post hiring a cannabis critic and realtors catering to out-of-state

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Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

For years, bicycles have received various electric upgrades, so why not the skateboard? The Palo Alto-based team at Future Motion decided it was time to give the skateboard a high-tech makeover

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