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Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Although the California drought is a scary nightmare for many throughout the Southwest, and the once mighty Lake Mead is no longer so mighty, a strange benefit of the receding waters is bringing tourists

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Edith Macefield’s ‘Up’ house may be razed, as new owners say it would cost too much to save

Edith Macefield’s ‘Up’ house may be razed, as new owners say it would cost too much to save

Back in April, an incredible little house in Seattle went up for auction. Now, Edith Macefield’s 600-square-foot Ballard bungalow may be destroyed, as the auction winners realize how costly it would be

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a commitment to protect at

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Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to holograms

Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to holograms

An ancient land in an ancient corner of the world, Afghanistan has consistently found itself at the crossroads of civilizations. The territory now claimed by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has been

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Could printing synthetic GMO rhino horns help save real rhinos from extinction?

Could printing synthetic GMO rhino horns help save real rhinos from extinction?

After 40 million years roaming the earth, the rhinoceros has reached a point where it is classified as "critically endangered"—the Western black rhino was declared extinct, and only one, single Northern

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Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them

Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them

The endangered fin whales’ numbers hover in the tens of thousands, so any die off is significant, but since May of this year, nine dead fin whales have been discovered in the water between Kodiak and

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Crazy “missing link” Darwin fish can breathe air, walk on land AND climb trees!

Crazy “missing link” Darwin fish can breathe air, walk on land AND climb trees!

In Australia, there is a fish that has lungs, can walk on dry land, and breathe air, for up to six days. It's not a new species, but it's on the move. This has scientists warning that the fish, if it

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The US just declared all captive chimps to be endangered

The US just declared all captive chimps to be endangered

Chimpanzees are now officially considered an endangered species, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will be designated as such under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes after a

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Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

Nutella: It's the stuff dreams are made of. OK, well, it's really just amazing on toast -- and almost everything else, but according to Segolene Royal, the ecology minister of France, the use of the palm

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

Images from the Landsat satellite have provided a devastating look at the scale of deforestation in the Amazon—with Google creating a timelapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region—but those

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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At this “cat library,” you can check out a kitten for the day

At this “cat library,” you can check out a kitten for the day

Most people don’t want their officemates to make a lot of noise during the workday, and it’d be pretty nutty to glance over and see a colleague battling at a felt mouse stuffed with catnip. Yet, if

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Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn

Congo president joins fight against ‘blood ivory’ with 5-ton burn

Congo-Brazzaville, the nation officially known as the Republic of the Congo, has joined the ranks of nations standing ground against illegal ivory poaching, by torching an enormous pile of seized elephant

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Vanishing land snails signal the 6th mass extinction is happening now

Vanishing land snails signal the 6th mass extinction is happening now

Rhinos, elephants and polar bears get a lot of press, but a new study suggests that vanishing invertebrates like land snails signals that the sixth mass extinction of species is now fully underway.

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Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

THIMPHU, BHUTAN--My first meal in the land of Gross National Happiness was prepared by Five Diamond star chef Mario Fernandez, of Aman Resorts. When asked point blank whether GNH is indeed a measurement

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Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

The deep seas are host to a vast number of extraordinary, completely alien creatures, ranging from the rare and somewhat terrifying Goblin Shark to 18-foot-long sea serpents—and those are just some of

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12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

We all heard our mothers say it when we were young, "Don't waste your food," or perhaps, "Take all you want but eat all you take." Whether you were threatened with having your dinner sent to poor children

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Chimps will cook their food if they have a chance, says new study

Chimps will cook their food if they have a chance, says new study

As if we needed even more evidence that chimpanzees should be invited to sit at the proverbial dinner table with us mere humans, it would appear, from a new study that chimps like to cook. In fact, they

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The team at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, has raised the bar for environmentalists and fighting deforestation across the globe, planting a whopping 202,331 trees in just one hour! The

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China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out the legal manufacture and sale of ivory. Conservation groups have applauded the measure as the single greatest effort in the fight to “save

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Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

In the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for the ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a dramatic 48 percent

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Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Clay design is a much-utilized medium in Heimermann’s buildings, touted to be a forgotten sustainable material which can provide warmth and insulation. Budget-friendly and energy-saving are also

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85,000 endangered antelopes died this month and nobody knows why

85,000 endangered antelopes died this month and nobody knows why

Saiga antelopes are among the strangest-looking creatures on Earth, and they are dangerously close to extinction. They are native to the northern part of the Asian continent, where they have been popular

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Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Getting out of the shower and pulling on a bunch of crab shells really doesn’t sound like fun. But what if you could do that -- and have it look like any other athletic-style shirt? The bonus would be

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by finding other ways to

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This solar-powered ‘water ATM’ provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

This solar-powered ‘water ATM’ provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

Pakistan is short on water, but soon, you can scan a card and get water, right out of the ATM. What’s better is that the ATM’s are solar-powered. The card is given to those who need them and allots a

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