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New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

Instead of showing kids how to kill, a new video game instructs them on how to stay alive. A group of students and their professor at Michigan State University recently launched a video game

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Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

If there were one good thing to come out of the economic recession, you would think it would be a decrease in carbon emissions from industrial slowdowns. Unfortunately, new research shows that's

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Underwater Volcanoes Help Suck Carbon from the Air

Underwater Volcanoes Help Suck Carbon from the Air

Scientists recently determined the planet has an unlikely ally in the battle against climate change--undersea volcanoes. A group of Australian and French scientists found that a vast network of

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“State of the Climate” Report Shows Unprecedented Warming in Australia

“State of the Climate” Report Shows Unprecedented Warming in Australia

We're sorry to start the week with some dismal news, but here goes: A report released today by Australian scientists shows the continent experienced unprecedented warming over the past 50 years.

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White House Finalizes First Ever National Law to Limit Car Emissions

White House Finalizes First Ever National Law to Limit Car Emissions

America's vehicles are about to get a little greener. This week, the White House is finalizing rules that will set the first national standard for controlling the country's car and truck

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that

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Start-Up Makes Solar Cells Cheap Enough to Compete with Fossil Fuels

Start-Up Makes Solar Cells Cheap Enough to Compete with Fossil Fuels

The most efficient solar tech on the market today is the silicon solar cell. There's just one drawback--implementing the tech costs up to $4 per watt, almost four times the cost of fossil

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New Report Shows Arctic Melt Could Cause $24 Trillion in Damages by 2050

New Report Shows Arctic Melt Could Cause $24 Trillion in Damages by 2050

If the threat of rising seas and altered ecosystems isn't enough to convince lawmakers we need some serious climate legislation, maybe the financial bottom line will. A report released today

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NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

While everyone else is commuting home from work today, a NASA rocket will be making another, longer, trip--taking the agency's newest weather satellite into space! After the Geostationary

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Katrina Victims Seek to Sue Shell, Exxon, Other Carbon Emitters

Katrina Victims Seek to Sue Shell, Exxon, Other Carbon Emitters

More than four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the south, and many residents still suffer today. One group of Mississippi victims aims to get compensated by the folks they believe

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Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

One day after Obama announced his "Cash for Caulkers" energy efficiency program, a group of senators is trying to block government-funded, international renewable energy projects. In a letter to

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on

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Obama to Announce “Cash for Caulkers” Program Today

Obama to Announce “Cash for Caulkers” Program Today

Greening your home may soon entitle you to some extra green from the government. President Obama is set to announce the details of his "Cash for Caulkers" program today. If passed by Congress,

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Condé Nast to Roll Out iPad Versions of Wired, GQ and Other Magazines

Condé Nast to Roll Out iPad Versions of Wired, GQ and Other Magazines

Publishing giant Condé Nast - meet tech bohemoth Apple. Condé Nast is set to announce today in an internal memorandum that it will start testing out iPad versions of five of its most

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Al Gore Attacks Climate Change Skeptics, Political Inaction

Al Gore Attacks Climate Change Skeptics, Political Inaction

Whenever anyone threatens climate science, you can bet Al Gore will be there. The former Vice President took to the New York Times this weekend, writing a heated Op-Ed piece aimed at climate

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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor Set to Shut Down

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor Set to Shut Down

Vermont may soon become the first state in America to shut down a nuclear reactor. During a meeting tomorrow, the state senate is likely to deny a request to extend the life of the 38-year-old

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America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America is getting its very first wave power farm! Ocean Power Technologies, a New Jersey-based firm, is currently installing giant buoys off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Once all ten buoys

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Futuristic Urban Farm Comes With its Own TV Station

Futuristic Urban Farm Comes With its Own TV Station

We've seen urban farms before, but here's one that takes city gardening to a whole 'nother level. One UK architecture student created plans for a center that's part vertical farm, part TV

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Toyota Recalls 437,000 Hybrid Vehicles Due to Braking Glitch

Toyota Recalls 437,000 Hybrid Vehicles Due to Braking Glitch

If you're one of many greenies who recently purchased a 2010 Toyota Prius, turn that ride right around. The Japanese company has just announced that it's recalling 437,000 of its hybrid cars

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Car Bodies Could Store Energy Like Batteries

Car Bodies Could Store Energy Like Batteries

As battery manufacturers race to produce more efficient lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, some scientists are looking to make the cars themselves a power source. Researchers are

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Edible Schoolyard Set to Spring to Life in Brooklyn

Edible Schoolyard Set to Spring to Life in Brooklyn

Teaching city kids about sustainable farming can be tricky. After all, in a bustling metropolis like New York, it's easy to see why some youngsters think apples originate in bins at their local

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World’s Smallest Portable Printer Doesn’t Use Ink

World’s Smallest Portable Printer Doesn’t Use Ink

Computing on-the-go couldn't be easier with the bevvy of smart phones, laptops and netbooks on the market. But printing documents while away from the home or office is a whole 'nother story --

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LG Unveils Flexible Electronic Newspaper

LG Unveils Flexible Electronic Newspaper

Reading the newspaper during your morning commute is about to get a lot more convenient. LG recently unveiled its flexible e-paper, a new type of e-reader designed to mimic the look and feel of

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SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper

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Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google seems to have its hand in virtually everything, from ocean mapping to home energy monitors. Now the search engine giant can add reducing deforestation to its lengthy resume. The company's

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Christmas Tree Made from 1,000 Beer Bottles

Christmas Tree Made from 1,000 Beer Bottles

At the start of every Christmas season, environmentalists inevitably spark the real-versus-artificial tree debate. But this year, Chinese designers decided to take an entirely different approach

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HeroRATS Trained to Sniff Out Landmines

HeroRATS Trained to Sniff Out Landmines

Most people view rats as nothing more than pests, but one organization regards the critters as heroes. APOPO, an African-based non-profit, trains African Giant Pouched Rats to sniff out

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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic

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New Nano-Material Paves Way for Self-Washing Solar Panels and Windows

New Nano-Material Paves Way for Self-Washing Solar Panels and Windows

A little-known fact is that solar panels can become up to 30 percent less effective when they accumulate dust and grime. A more widely known fact is that homeowners climbing up on roofs to fix

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Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across the Desert

Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across the Desert

Kenya's camels recently started sporting some unusual apparel: eco-friendly refrigerators! Some of the African country's camels are carrying the solar-powered mini fridges on their backs as part

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