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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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Pacific Northwest Burns as Drought Leads to Unprecedented Wildfire Activity

Pacific Northwest Burns as Drought Leads to Unprecedented Wildfire Activity

Nobody is fiddling while the Pacific Northwest burns in an unprecedented and devastating ‘ring of fire.’ Roughly 1 million acres of forest is currently ablaze in 21 separate wildfires in Washington

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

“It feels good to eat your enemies,” says Andrew Deines, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, who studies the ecology of invasive organisms. Far from being a confession of

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Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Back in 1997 Capt. Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during a sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Since then, many have tried to reduce the size of the patch, which is said

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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true

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Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

If you’re looking for an abyss to gaze into, a new one just mysteriously appeared at the end of the world. A giant hole in the Earth about 262 feet in diameter was recently discovered in Russia's far

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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

  Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they're paving over, which inevitably

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A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests is particularly shocking. That's because

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists and world

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Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun - and global warming could make the

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past - so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist Will Potter

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

It’s like something you would expect out of a horror movie, but this story is unfortunately all true. A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - ignoring every virus-related thriller ever -

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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Mesmerizing Earth Wind Map Shows Real-Time Wind Conditions Around the World

Mesmerizing Earth Wind Map Shows Real-Time Wind Conditions Around the World

Ever wonder where the wind is blowing? This mesmerizing Earth Wind Map showcases real-time data on global wind conditions in the form of snaking neon lines. Breezes are represented by thin strands of

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Having worked on projects in the past with renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, MacLean considers himself a “quasi-activist.” He saw some images by other photographers working in the tar sands

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There’s an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and November

There’s an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and November

The past few years have seen weather extremes around the globe - and it looks like we won’t be catching a break this year, either. Scientists predict there's an 80 percent chance that El Nino will hit

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest.

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Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

For nearly a year, scientists have been scrambling to understand why starfish in the Pacific Ocean have been dying in droves. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that many scientists expect entire

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public Herald have teamed

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on

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Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Taking a page from the successful fight against Big Tobacco, Berkeley, California could soon become the first American city to require that its gas pumps are affixed with stickers warning drivers that

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