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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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Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Two congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill that, if passed, could see a nationwide ban on the use of microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. The tiny balls of exfoliating plastic—commonly found in

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Chance of California megaquake within the next three decades increases

Chance of California megaquake within the next three decades increases

Related: Even recent technological advances in seizmology, the study of earthquakes, don't give scientists the ability to predict when or where an earthquake will actually occur. Although

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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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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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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Climate change is not so much a threat to parts of Florida, as much as it is a real and present problem; Miami already incurs regular street flooding at high tide, and parts of the state sit six feet

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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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Climbers on Mt. Everest have caused a really crappy problem

Climbers on Mt. Everest have caused a really crappy problem

Climbing Mount Everest is meant to be one of the greatest achievements in the world. However, so many people are attempting to conquer the world's highest mountain that the peak is now covered in human

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

Scientists say that unless we change our ways quickly, we could be seriously screwed when it comes to climate change. But since we are reliant on fossil fuels, is it even possible to move away in time?

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Surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma puts fracking under fire

Surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma puts fracking under fire

Oklahoma used to have, on average, one or two perceptible earthquakes a year. Now the state is averaging two or three a day. There were more magnitude 3 or greater tremors here last year than anywhere

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

In spite of being passed by both the Senate and the House, President Obama has maintained his promise to veto a controversial bill that sought to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about

The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about

You've heard of the Keystone XL pipeline—but you've likely never heard of a new pipeline in Wisconsin that would make Keystone look minuscule in comparison. The 42-inch pipeline is currently buried

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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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16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

As many as 16,000 cracks have been found in two Belgian nuclear reactors, a finding that could spell bad news for nuclear safety around the world. According to The Ecologist, the cracks were found in the

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