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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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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

At the beginning of 2011, Dubai's most notorious man-made islands, a.k.a. The World, made a splash with news that they were slowly but surely sinking into the sea. Now, in a bizarre twist of events that

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Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Plastic products labeled as biodegradable may not decompose any more quickly than standard plastics. A new study by Susan Selke and Rafael Auras in the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology,

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired

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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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Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Nuclear power in Japan is slowly but surely beginning to return to a new normal in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, as the country recently took another step towards restarting one of its remaining

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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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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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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Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm which hit the South Pacific over Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a worst case scenario storm for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered

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Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

When you think of bald eagles, what comes to mind? More than likely it’s majestic birds, soaring aloft, diving swiftly to catch a fish – not animals contaminated with toxic chemicals. But it seems the

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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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VIDEO: Massive Louisiana sinkhole creates ghost town now overrun by feral kittens

VIDEO: Massive Louisiana sinkhole creates ghost town now overrun by feral kittens

On August 2, 2012, a salt dome operated by the petrochemical company Texas Brine collapsed near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, creating a sinkhole that forced the entire town to evacuate. Since then it has

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