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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, turned 16 today. To mark the date, which will henceforth be known as Malala Day, she addressed the UN about violence

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the

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Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique - Authentic Africa is an organization that aims to empower local craftspeople in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The collective recently showcased its first 100% hand-woven African

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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The

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World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock According to numbers recently released by the UN, the world's population is expected reach nearly 11 billion people by 2100. That's about 8 percent more than was predicted in

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Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination

Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination

Agricultural giant Monsanto is facing a growing problem with its genetically modified wheat. The company attracted criticism earlier this month with news that their GMO wheat had infiltrated an Oregon

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is

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The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The majority of women in the developing world do their cooking on what is called a "three-stone fire": three stones supporting a pot with a fire beneath it. That type of fire is both inefficient, because

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

Central Park photo from Shutterstock Have you hugged a tree lately? If not, you might want to show your appreciation with a good squeeze. According to a recent state-by-state US Forest Service study,

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Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Photo via Shutterstock In order to help reduce carbon emissions by 2020, the UK government recently opened the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in Edinburgh, making it the first bank in the world focused

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Photo via Shutterstock The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned the Australian government on Saturday that it may downgrade the World Heritage status of the

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Henning Larsen Architects Unveils Plans for New Microsoft Headquarters Near Copenhagen

Henning Larsen Architects Unveils Plans for New Microsoft Headquarters Near Copenhagen

In addition to providing office space, the new Microsoft campus will include student housing and retail space. The mixed-use development will play an integral role in the Lyngby-Taarbæk City of

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

The facades of the buildings in the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport business district are meant to subtly reference the patterns seen in a bamboo forest, according to the architects. "The self-shading shape of

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PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

Not only is HUM Central Haiti’s first-ever teaching hospital, it is the largest hospital in the world to be powered primarily with solar energy. In an area where power outages last for an average of 3

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New Report Shows Just How Much the Keystone Pipeline Will Impact Global Warming

New Report Shows Just How Much the Keystone Pipeline Will Impact Global Warming

In February, TransCanada President Alex Pourbaix assured the world that the Keystone XL Pipeline wouldn’t have any impact on climate change -- a statement that was met with more than just a little eye

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Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

The Roof of the World has long been associated with notions of adventure, beauty, and the majesty of some of the tallest mountains on earth. However research has shown that amidst the stunning landscape

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VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE is probably best known to most for its Dos & Don'ts, but the characteristically "hipster" publication has been cementing its place as an important journalistic outlet recently with some hard

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

The air quality in Beijing has been hovering above the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels since the beginning of this year and there has been mounting frustration with the government in China

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Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

Melbourne Becomes a Certified Carbon-Neutral City

“We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” says Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Chair

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Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

The alarming effects of climate change have been unfolding before our very eyes over the past few decades, and in some cases we've only recently realized it. A team of British scientists recently found

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