environmental destruction

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles into the atmosphere.

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Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

87 properties in North Carolina have received letters from the state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources informing them that their well water is no longer safe to drink or cook with, after

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

When it comes to protecting the environment, political action and grassroots movements tend to get the most attention. But environmental lawsuits have proven to be an important - if unglamorous - way to

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New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

A new study shows global warming is already having significant impacts on Earth in the form of more severe weather events, which will just continue to get worse as climate change continues to further rear

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can Drones Plant One Billion Trees? By Steve Daly Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion

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Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them

Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them

Think an addiction of nicotine is bad for you? Well, it's nothing compared to the bees who are getting addicted to it from pesticides call neonicotinoids. These pesticides affect the colony growth and

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts in a stunning spectacle after 42 years dormant

Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts in a stunning spectacle after 42 years dormant

Mother Earth let out her own 'celebration' of sorts on Earth Day this year, in the form of the eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano. For the first time in 42 years, the volcano erupted and sent a billowing

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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How Earth Day came to be

How Earth Day came to be

As Earth Day approaches this Sunday, many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue

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Could this new material make it possible to clean up oil spills with a net?

Could this new material make it possible to clean up oil spills with a net?

This piece of steel mesh doesn’t look like much but it might be one of the only things that can separate oil from water. By allowing water to go through, but oil to float on top, thanks to an

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Yup. You read that right. Scientists say a "blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be to blame for the drought in the West and the East's seemingly endless season of snow. Apparently, about 1,000 miles off the

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BOOK REVIEW: Shigeru Ban’s ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ focuses on emergency response design

BOOK REVIEW: Shigeru Ban’s ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ focuses on emergency response design

Shigeru Ban is renowned for his inventive and courageous architecture that spans from museums to simple huts. While the Pritzker Prize winning architect is often given kudos for his work in developing

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Obama quietly approved arctic drilling, amid controversy and environmental concerns

Obama quietly approved arctic drilling, amid controversy and environmental concerns

On March 31, President Barack Obama's administration renewed the 2008 Arctic lease sale. That decision started a 30-day clock for the Interior Department to review Royal Dutch Shell's drilling plans.

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Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

If climate change continues on its current path, Western Canada will lose as much as 70 per cent of its glaciers in the next 85 years. A new study recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience shows

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USDA links insecticide to 20 year decline in monarch butterfly populations

USDA links insecticide to 20 year decline in monarch butterfly populations

Planting a butterfly garden isn't enough to help monarchs thrive in North America, according to the USDA. A new study published last week in the journal Science and Nature illustrates the deadly

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Study shows corn fields creeping into untouched grasslands to meet ethanol fuel demand

Study shows corn fields creeping into untouched grasslands to meet ethanol fuel demand

Two of America’s largest GMO monocultured crops, corn and soy, are starting to creep into previously un-farmed lands– in an effort to meet a growing demand biofuels like ethanol. The news comes from a

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Robotic vehicle captures a never-before-seen view of Antarctic sea floor

Robotic vehicle captures a never-before-seen view of Antarctic sea floor

A team of scientists recently deployed a “first-of-its-kind” robotic vehicle that drove to depths never before seen under the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf. The vehicle went through a hole only 12-inches

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This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

And you thought we were just running the world out of oil. Ha. Think again. All around you are rare elements from the Earth. LCD screens have a bit of indium; LED’s, lasers, semi-conductors and the

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In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

As if California needed more bad news, amidst a drought of unprecedented proportions, new research has revealed the state could be in for a massively destructive earthquake. According to Phys.org,

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Unexpected Aurora Skyscraper purifies air and water in Chernobyl

Unexpected Aurora Skyscraper purifies air and water in Chernobyl

The project, entitled "Unexpected Aurora in Chernobyl", incorporates air and water purification systems, as well as solar energy harvesting mechanisms that transform it into a kind of Garden of Eden. It

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Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

The skyscraper would function on three levels: it would address the urgency of damage control when it comes to oil spills, use the oil in a productive way and, on a long term basis, provide safe heaven in

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China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

If you’ve seen images of the tar sands tailings ponds and couldn’t believe your eyes, hang onto your seats because this massive toxic lake in China puts Canada’s oil patch to shame. To witness the

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Soil is more affected by climate change than scientists previously thought

Soil is more affected by climate change than scientists previously thought

Soil organic matter may be more negatively affected by climate change than even scientists previously thought. Plants, which send as much as 60 percent of their photosynthetically fixed carbon to their

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New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

You would be hard pressed to find someone who can deny that humanity has had a drastic and dire impact on nearly every other species on the planet over the course of our species’ existence. A new study

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Portland bans an insecticide in an effort to help save threatened bee population

Portland bans an insecticide in an effort to help save threatened bee population

The city of Portland, Oregon is trying to do their part to save the bees by banning the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on city-owned property. The Portland city council unanimously approved the

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