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.

Reuters’ Coverage of Climate Change Fell by Nearly Half with Skeptic as Editor

Reuters’ Coverage of Climate Change Fell by Nearly Half with Skeptic as Editor

Since 2011, Reuters' coverage of climate change has fallen by almost 50% according to Media Matters for America. The reduction is believed to be due in large part to the actions of senior editor

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Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

One of the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy and electric cars has been the issue of affordable, high-volume energy storage. To scientists at Penn State however,

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Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Photo via Shutterstock Louisiana has seen its fair share of flooding and hurricane damage due to the loss of its wetlands, and now the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is

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Mississippi Senator Adds Anti-LEED Amendment Into Housing and Transportation Bill

Mississippi Senator Adds Anti-LEED Amendment Into Housing and Transportation Bill

LEED building standards have been used since March 2000 to improve the design and efficiency of structures across the world. Yet, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker has taken issue with the

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President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

Since President Obama's speech in June addressing the issue of climate change, pundits, citizens, and industry leaders have awaited the president's decision on the controversial Keystone XL

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

If the concept of bottled water strikes you as an environmental disaster, hold onto your reusable canteen - a company called Koa just launched the "world's first organic bottled water." Yes, you

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the

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Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

When it comes to hydrogen fuel cells, they are worth their weight in platinum. A team of researchers at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copehagen has developed technology that

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Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

In Cold Lake, Alberta an environmental disaster is unfolding. The Primrose bitumen emulsion site has been seeping tar over 30 acres of swampy forest for the past nine weeks. Already, the viscous

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing

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3D-Printed T8 Robotic Spider Makes Eerily Realistic Movements With 26 Motors

3D-Printed T8 Robotic Spider Makes Eerily Realistic Movements With 26 Motors

Depending on your level of comfort with technology and arachnids, the T8 robotic spider is either the gadget of dreams or nightmares. The eight-legged machine is made by Robugtix and uses 26

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Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer

Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer

This past December TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization that only 178 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant faced danger from radiation - however the utility now states that almost

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Alice Kim’s Plant Pregnancy Vest Lets You Provide Special Care for Seedlings

Alice Kim’s Plant Pregnancy Vest Lets You Provide Special Care for Seedlings

Is it a girl? A boy? What about a vegetable? Proud green thumbs can now lavish special attention onto their leafy friends with Alice Kim's Plant Pregnancy vest and stroller. The design student

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Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Gentlemen, now there is no excuse to leave the bathroom without washing your hands. Doing the right thing for the environment and fellow human beings is a lot easier with the Stand, a

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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion

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UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

Photo via Shutterstock For most caffeine consumers on-the-go, a good dose of java or tea in the morning is of primary concern. What the liquid is housed in seems to escape attention, being

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The Bird Brick Gives Endangered Birds a Home in Buildings and Garden Walls

The Bird Brick Gives Endangered Birds a Home in Buildings and Garden Walls

For humans, it's hard enough to find room and board in the city without a great deal of searching and no small amount of aggravation. For the winged members of the community, it is even more

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LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

As the 3D printer revolution picks up speed, the price of the machines is beginning to drop—but shelling out several hundred bucks for a desktop printer is still out of the reach of many

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“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group

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Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

What if you could trade your discarded food waste for fresh new fruits and veggies? That's the idea behind Hello Compost - a service that offers fresh produce in exchange for compost in working

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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn't just a nuisance -- it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates

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Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Engaging with technology at times can feel like an automatic and mundane interaction. Kevin LCK crafts everyday appliances and devices and endows them with an inner life. "I seeked to detach

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking

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The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem,

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The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

Quinoa seems like the perfect grain. The little golden seed is gluten-free, low in calories, high in protein, tasty, and able to grow in arid climates. In recent years, it has gained popularity

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was

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Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest

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US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock The United States and China are heavy hitters when it comes to the global economy, politics, and air pollution. The two nations account for a 43 percent of greenhouse

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