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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary The Cove. Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has

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Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

When it comes to protecting marine life, Britain is going big. The announced plans earlier this week to create what will be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve that would cover an area of

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Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of them are killed by

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector green house can help farmers in arid climates raise fresh vegetables, even during droughts. Dedicated to creating a system of self- reliant farmers in Ethiopia, the greenhouse

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

Today is World Sparrow Day, and all around the planet, people are celebrating these sweet little birds and appreciating their vital work as insect controllers and plant-pollinators. My husband and I

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

Recognizing the vital importance of soil for human life, the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils. Without ideal soil health, food security and

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2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

"How, in a world that is so desperately short of resources, can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for future generations?" This is one of the questions under discussion in the second

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Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Imagine a world without bees. There would be no blueberries, no cherries, no pumpkins - not even beer. Here’s the problem: Most farmers depend on a single type of bee to pollinate our food and now

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Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

World Sparrow Day was initiated in 2010, and is an annual awareness-raising campaign that celebrates sparrows and emphasized the need to protect these little birds, as well as their habitat. All around

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Legendary lost ‘City of the Monkey God’ discovered buried in the Honduran rainforest

Legendary lost ‘City of the Monkey God’ discovered buried in the Honduran rainforest

Legendary lost cities are the stuff of children’s stories and Disney movies, but once in a while, they’re part of real life too. One of these ancient rumored cities has been discovered in the

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Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Built lightly into a 33,000-acre concession on the eastern reaches of Kruger National Park near the South Africa–Mozambique border, Singita Sweni Lodge and Singita Lebombo are dedicated to respecting

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, the island state of Tasmania, Australia, confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years, until

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Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Mercy killing is a difficult concept to stomach, especially when the animals are as adorable as koalas. Unfortunately, nearly 700 koalas were killed by authorities in Australia after they were found to be

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Supporting responsible ocean management: Are ‘catch shares’ the right plan?

Supporting responsible ocean management: Are ‘catch shares’ the right plan?

By Aaron Viles The story of overfishing is old by now. Commercial fishing of North Atlantic Cod, once a bedrock of New England's economy, collapsed along with the fishery in the mid-1990s. The same

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Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw has spent the better part of the last few years traveling the southwest and documenting what he calls “modern Americana.” The photographer has now launched a Kickstarter

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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

2. Hiriya Park, Tel-Aviv, Isreal Hiriya's horrifying mountain of garbage hit its limit in 1998 after reaching 25 million TONS of waste. After that the facility was finally shut down and an

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Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Capsula Mundi 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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Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to

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Senate fails to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto

Senate fails to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto

The Senate put one more nail in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s coffin yesterday when it failed to override President Obama’s presidential veto of the project. With a two-thirds majority needed for the

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Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

  In an announcement that marks a huge win for animal welfare activists, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's infamous elephants from performances by 2018.

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This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

In his design, Qiu intended to keep to the "gentle and swirly" nature of water. To that end, he designed a system of turbines installed inside the faucet to create different swirly flows. Similar to a

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Google’s latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

Google’s latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

Three years ago Google brought us incredible 'Street View' images of Brazil's rainforests by placing their 360 degree image-capturing orb atop a boat and sailing it down the Amazon; and now they have

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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Entire village volunteers to leave their homes so wildlife can flourish

Entire village volunteers to leave their homes so wildlife can flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People's coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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