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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Image via Shutterstock Of the ingredients that go into making a great beer, dead whale is probably not the first that comes to mind. Marine mammal conservationists agree, and they have condemned the

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Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Scientists have discovered a river of garbage-strewn water deep beneath the upper Thames Estuary in London. The research team from Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum

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Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Fracking photo / Shutterstock In a state where residents regularly brace themselves for tornados, Oklahomans now have another disturbing hazard to watch out for: earthquakes. In recent years, there's

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Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

A new scientific study published in the journal Nature warns that by the year 2100 global temperatures could rise to the catastrophic level of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celcius) unless dramatic

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS  The International Medical Corps focuses on infection control and deployed a team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to respond immediately to the disaster. The

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Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

This week, the biggest animal discovery of the 21st century was announced. Meet kabomani, the “little black tapir.” He’s a shy and elusive fellow, living below the radar in the grasslands and

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CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked with biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to create a solution for the increasing rate of agricultural land

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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The Latest Battle in Fracking: Sand Mines Could Cause Health Problems

The Latest Battle in Fracking: Sand Mines Could Cause Health Problems

Fracking photo from Shutterstock Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been a controversial topic. For one side, the drilling method has prompted an economic boom. It's created jobs, increased

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought

Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought

Yellowstone photo from Shutterstock By now most people know that Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a massive supervolcano which has the potential to unleash a planet-altering eruption. However a

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Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Photo via Shutterstock With an apparent disregard for warnings from scientists, fishermen and even UNESCO, Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has approved plans for a massive expansion of a coal

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Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Image via Shutterstock As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rise, scientists are grappling with a mountain of data to form an accurate picture of the future. Scientists from the Geological Society of

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Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that is

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Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

The Amazonas State, which lies in western Brazil, is the nation's largest by area, and is almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil reports an 84 percent reduction in Amazon

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Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

Massive Snowstorm Batters the US Over the Weekend

A massive ice storm wreaked havoc on the southern and central US over the weekend, disrupting travel, knocking out power and killing at least four people. Over 200,000 people in Dallas lost power as the

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New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

New Study Links Global Heat Waves and Torrential Downpours to Arctic Ice Melt

Image of arctic ice melt / Shutterstock A new climate change study has uncovered a link between extreme weather patterns and melting ice caps in the Arctic. The changes indicated in the study include

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to deploy 200

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing countries, such

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Beijing Cracks Down on Over 300 Barbecues to Reduce Pollution

Following up on their recent ban of outdoor barbecues in Beijing, city officials have destroyed more than 300 of the outdoor eateries as part of a three-month long campaign to slash smog. The barbecues,

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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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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Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Deforestation image via Shutterstock At the UN climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday, the US, UK, and Norway announced a joint plan to dedicate $280 million to a new initiative aimed at cutting

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Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists in Puerto Rico are perplexed as the region’s famous Bioluminescent Lagoon has suddenly gone almost dark. The Bioluminescent Lagoon in Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve regularly attracts

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American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of Winchester Deadly Passion, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on November 13 depicting her triumphantly sitting over a

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Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

There's trouble brewing down under -- scientists just named Australia the worst carbon offender per capita amongst major western nations. According to the Global Carbon Project, climate research shows

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