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Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

It's hard to imagine a cement plant going green. Creating cement is a scarily dirty process, and the industry is responsible for about five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. One Canadian company

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BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

They say everything's bigger in Texas. Apparently that's true for batteries, too. Presidio, Texas, recently built a giant sodium sulfur battery that's powerful enough to provide energy for the entire

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

In a move that will double the amount of the planet's protected oceans, the U.K. announced late last week that it is turning the Chagos Archipelago into the world's largest marine reserve. The 55-island,

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Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Later today, President Obama is set to announce a plan that will open up many offshore areas for oil and natural gas exploration. While the move will surely anger environmentalists, many folks hope that

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Solar Powered Cellphone Towers in India to Save 5 Million Tons of CO2 and $1.4 Billion

Solar Powered Cellphone Towers in India to Save 5 Million Tons of CO2 and $1.4 Billion

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is poised to mandate that telecom operators power their cellphone towers with solar panels instead of the diesel generators that are currently used. This may

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New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding how these disasters work is a

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Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic iron alloy

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New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Despite its lack of carbon emissions, many environmentalists fear wider adoption of nuclear power. One main concern is where to store all that atomic waste produced

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New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

Instead of showing kids how to kill, a new video game instructs them on how to stay alive. A group of students and their professor at Michigan State University recently launched a video game that aims to

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Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

If there were one good thing to come out of the economic recession, you would think it would be a decrease in carbon emissions from industrial slowdowns. Unfortunately, new research shows that's not the

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that environmental

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Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

Due to a bad drought that's dried up the hydroelectric plants that supply more than two-thirds of its power, Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President

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China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

Photograph: Bob Sacha/Corbis China recently announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

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MIT Team Makes Wireless Network in Afghanistan Out of Garbage Bits

MIT Team Makes Wireless Network in Afghanistan Out of Garbage Bits

At Inhabitat, we've seen a ton of cool things made of garbage, but never a whole wireless network - until now, that is. That's right, members of MIT's Bits and Atoms lab taught locals in Jalalabad,

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NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

While everyone else is commuting home from work today, a NASA rocket will be making another, longer, trip--taking the agency's newest weather satellite into space! After the Geostationary Operational

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Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

One day after Obama announced his “Cash for Caulkers” energy efficiency program, a group of senators is trying to block government-funded, international renewable energy projects. In a letter

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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T-Shirts Upcycled into Laptop Sleeves Help Sex-Trafficking Survivors

T-Shirts Upcycled into Laptop Sleeves Help Sex-Trafficking Survivors

Is your favorite t-shirt in such distress that it garners more attention for its rips and holes than its clever declaration against CO2 emissions? There is no reason to despair over your cherished

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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor Set to Shut Down

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor Set to Shut Down

Vermont may soon become the first state in America to shut down a nuclear reactor. During a meeting tomorrow, the state senate is likely to deny a request to extend the life of the 38-year-old Vermont

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America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America is getting its very first wave power farm! Ocean Power Technologies, a New Jersey-based firm, is currently installing giant buoys off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Once all ten buoys are in

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Hatch Massive Plan to DeCarbonize Chicago

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Hatch Massive Plan to DeCarbonize Chicago

Renowned architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG) recently completed the investigation phase of a massive plan to “decarbonize” Chicago’s Loop. The firm’s goal was to assess

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DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

Every year 2.5 million people die from thirst or from drinking polluted water, and The United Nations expects that by the year 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will be suffering from water

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Chemists Develop Ultra-Efficient Carbon Capturing Crystals

Chemists Develop Ultra-Efficient Carbon Capturing Crystals

Here at Inhabitat we've seen technologies that capture carbon dioxide in everything from concrete to artificial trees to DVDs. Now chemists at UCLA have developed a new type of synthetic crystal this is

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Cooper-Hewitt Receives 600K to Continue Design for the Other 90% Exhibit

Cooper-Hewitt Receives 600K to Continue Design for the Other 90% Exhibit

The Rockefeller Foundation just awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City $600,000 to make its 2007 Design for the Other 90% exhibition into an ongoing series. Inhabitat reported

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SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper and more

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Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google seems to have its hand in virtually everything, from ocean mapping to home energy monitors. Now the search engine giant can add reducing deforestation to its lengthy resume. The company's

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HeroRATS Trained to Sniff Out Landmines

HeroRATS Trained to Sniff Out Landmines

Most people view rats as nothing more than pests, but one organization regards the critters as heroes. APOPO, an African-based non-profit, trains African Giant Pouched Rats to sniff out unexploded

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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many

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Live from COP15: Optimism, Hard Work and Bridging the Divide

Live from COP15: Optimism, Hard Work and Bridging the Divide

COPENHAGEN, A report from Earth2Tech -- Four days deep into the Copenhagen climate negotiations a few things are clear: the glowing optimism of the opening ceremonies on Monday has faded, and now the

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