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Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Golfers who land shots into the rough may be igniting more than foul tempers, a string of expletives, and poor scores. According to scientists from UC Irvine, titanium golf clubs that come in contact with

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Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

A barge moving through Galveston Bay collided with another ship Saturday afternoon, spilling over 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil. The spill is particularly devastating, even though it isn’t the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals

INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals

We often talk about environmental footprints and lifecycle analysis - but what about the afterlife? Did you know that each year the funeral industry uses 6 billion tons of concrete, 800,000 gallons of

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Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

The human appetite for fish has caused a great deal of trouble for the well-being of the world's oceans. A single animal on your dinner plate can translate into hundreds of pounds of "by-catch" -

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's famous ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, the mountain has seen a flood of climbers looking to follow in their icy tracks. While the influx of foreigners has led

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect than the

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Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

It may seem like just yesterday that the wildfires in California finally died down, but experts in the state are already worried about the coming fire season after a long, hot winter comes to a close. If

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‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

If you can’t wait to see what the post-apocalyptic future will look like, a Swedish developer has created a Google Street View hack that will make your day. Einar Odberg used Google's street view data

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Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

In the wake of Washington and Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, concerned cannabis users are beginning to realize that their high comes at a price to the planet. In an enormous buzzkill

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Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

It would be logical to think that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forests around the site would slowly rot. But the terrible radiation blast in 1986 has left dead trees and leaf litter unable to

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EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

The US Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it has ended its government contract ban against British Petroleum (BP) after the company agreed to new safety standards. Following the tragic

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VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

Many of you may be familiar with Procter & Gamble's "Thank You, Mom" campaign, which features several cute tots learning how to walk, swim, and more. But there's another, less than adorable side to

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Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Beijing's suffocating smog has been grabbing global headlines for the past year. And the disturbing images coming from the Chinese capital have spurred Premiere Li Keqiang to declare a "war on pollution."

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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC's and HCFC's was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists from the

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Activists Deliver 2 Million Public Comments Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline to Secretary John Kerry

Activists Deliver 2 Million Public Comments Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline to Secretary John Kerry

"People all across the country are concerned about this pipeline because it’s going to pollute the water. Because it’s going set off catastrophic climate change. Because it’s a security risk," Whit

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INFOGRAPHIC: Where do Blood Diamonds Come From?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where do Blood Diamonds Come From?

You may have heard of "blood diamonds" before - but do you know where they come from and why the should be stopped? Blood diamonds are gemstones mined in war zones to finance insurgency, an invading

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Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Image of Great Lakes / Shutterstock The fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline is putting a spotlight on aging oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the United States that could be vulnerable to

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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

You've probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California's ancient redwood

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New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

Campers, hikers, and climbers should all follow a "Leave No Trace" approach when exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately for Mt. Everest, a lack of this ethic has resulted in the famous peak being

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Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is toxic, causes insect and weed immunity, and it has been found in 75 percent of air and rain test samples in at least one part of the United States. The US Geological Survey

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Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

 Photo © Shutterstock The UK tabloid the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for its compassionate or nuanced take on the environment (or its journalistic respect for the facts), but a recent article

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10

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Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Road salt photo from Shutterstock It's been a particularly harsh winter for the Eastern United States, and many local governments have exhausted their stockpiles of salt used to melt ice on roads and

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Bleasdale's

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

Google just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are collaborating on

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