environmental destruction

Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

The South Napa earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday has cracked open new fears among state residents that "the big one" is imminent. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike

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Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Shocking statistics show that Monarch butterfly populations in the U.S. have fallen roughly 90 percent since 1995. In response, a new petition is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the

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Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Everyone knows that California is suffering a catastrophic water shortage, but to drive around some of the wealthier neighborhoods in the state, you might not be able to tell. That’s because some of

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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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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

  How could Rachel tell her daughter that some people are exploited because they can't fight back? That sometimes the people meant to protect us are profiting from the dangerous infrastructure

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The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

A recent report brings more bad news for the future of the human race on Earth, as the world’s two largest ice sheets are melting faster than ever before. On Wednesday the Alfred Wegener Institute in

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Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true - but a shocking new video shows that a

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related

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America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

  World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet." Sinclair

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Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

An alarming new study shows that mercury levels near the surface of many of the world’s oceans have tripled since the industrial revolution. The leap is due to pollution from a variety of sources

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Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

Devastating Plastic Paradise Documentary Shows How Our Trash Lands up in the Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

http://vimeo.com/user2175840/httpwwwvimeocomplasticparadisemovie Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for

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Dreadful Mining Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Water in Canada

Dreadful Mining Accident Leaves Hundreds Without Water in Canada

About 300 people in rural British Columbia, Canada are without drinking water right now after the tailings pond at a nearby mine breached, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic waste into the

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season

US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season

While wildfires in the West are burning through the forests at a rapid pace, the U.S. Government is likewise burning through the money in a hurry trying to fight them. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom

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Greenpeace and Kids Urge LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil (VIDEO)

Greenpeace and Kids Urge LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil (VIDEO)

If LEGOs are marketed as the building blocks for a child's imagination, what kind of message is the toy giant sending by partnering with Shell Oil? Not a good one, says Greenpeace, which has launched a

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Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

Light rain and increased humidity have helped fire fighters start to get a handle on two wildfires that are currently threatening more than 700 homes in Northern California - but residents are far from

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

In an effort to eliminate any doubt about the severity of climate change, graphic designer Milton Glaser has launched a campaign to change the language around it. Glaser, the designer of ‘I Heart NY”

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

In 1997, a massive wave hit the container ship Tokio Express 20 miles off the coast of Cornwall, sending 62 shipping containers overboard. One of them held nearly five million pieces of LEGO. Soon the

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Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

In a rare event that few people have ever witnessed, a previously isolated tribe encountered the outside world for the first time - and the surprising moment was all caught on video. Several indigenous

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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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