environmental destruction

California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

The Shirley Fire near Sequoia National Park in central California continues to burn ferociously, having consumed over 2,000 acres since it began on Friday evening. Residents of 500 homes have been ordered

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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois passed a bill last Sunday that makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. From the end of 2018 it will be illegal to manufacture products containing

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Just in time for World Environment Day, Canadian scientists have announced the discovery of a new type of rock made from the scraps of melted plastic waste and ocean debris. According to researchers at

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Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

On June 2nd, I left Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join Energy Justice Summer; a joint project with the Energy Justice Network & SustainUS. Over the next ten weeks, I'll be a part of a project that

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Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

China wants to bulldoze more than 700 mountains in order to make way for more buildings, and the proposal has raised great concern in the scientific community. Never before has mankind attempted

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Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

The sea star wasting syndrome has reached epidemic proportions and researchers expect that local starfish extinctions are all but guaranteed at this point. The awful disease causes starfish to tear

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Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

If you look forward to your cup of joe in the morning, the latest news from Central American coffee growers could ruin your day. Coffee plantations are currently suffering the worst epidemic of leaf rust

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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there's an immense amount of plastic trapped

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The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that harvests

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Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

In March, Inhabitat ran a story about how the Japanese government had pledged $470 million towards the construction of a massive ice wall that they hoped would contain the radiation from the Fukushima

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

10,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles last night when a pipe burst at a transfer station in Atwater Village near Glendale. Fire crews worked to contain the spill overnight and an

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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows that the

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Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

What’s an insect have to do to get on the endangered species list these days? That’s the question some environmentalists are asking after a failed attempt to get a vanishing bumble bee species added

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What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to a new study released by researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine. Warmer sea temperatures

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New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

Ecosystem collapse and social unrest could be in the Amazon's future if plans for 412 hydroelectric dams move forward. According to a new report, a wave of dam building threatens the Amazon river and five

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Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that a melting East Antarctic ice sheet could result in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years. The report published

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

UN Chief Calls for ‘Bold’ Action to Curb Global Warming

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling on countries around the world to take strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. "I am asking them (world

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Scientists Still Baffled by Grisly Disease Causing Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart

Scientists Still Baffled by Grisly Disease Causing Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart

Earlier this year we reported on a grisly disease that's causing thousands of starfish to tear themselves apart - and though researchers have ruled out a few potential causes, they still aren’t sure

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Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’

A new study finds that melting Arctic permafrost from man-made global warming is releasing large amounts of methane into the atmosphere - and the resulting feedback loop is "certain to trigger additional

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Diamond mining takes a terrible toll on both human life and the environment, but lab-grown gems, which are now just as pure as natural ones and produce one-fifth the carbon dioxide emissions, could

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Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

When Kinder Morgan decided that it wanted to expand its pipeline capacity from Alberta to Vancouver, it had to get approval from the National Energy Board in Canada. So the company did what any

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Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Sushi lovers might want to think twice before ordering up that next spicy tuna roll, as scientists just found Fukushima radioactivity in tuna that has migrated from Japan to the Pacific Northwest.

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Unexplained Human-Swallowing Holes Suddenly Appear in National Park Sand Dunes

Unexplained Human-Swallowing Holes Suddenly Appear in National Park Sand Dunes

The Park Service has to close down portions of parks all the time for wide range of reasons, but this is the first time we have heard of one being shut down because it can swallow a person whole.

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World’s Largest Movable Structure to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4

World’s Largest Movable Structure to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4

The New Safe Confinement shield is a 300-foot-tall movable steel structure that will soon be installed over Chernobyl's Rector 4 to shield the area from radiation. The 32,000-ton arch is the world's

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