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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just named Leonardo DiCaprio a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The Academy Award-nominated actor and committed

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center

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Greenland’s Snow Isn’t White These Days – And it Could Spell Big Trouble

Greenland’s Snow Isn’t White These Days – And it Could Spell Big Trouble

Pretty much everyone knows that Greenland isn’t exactly green - it's largely covered in snow-white ice - but what most people don’t know is that this year Greenland is practically black. Jason Box, a

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between Brazil and

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US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil exploration

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The Earth’s Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

The Earth’s Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

Good news, everyone - a new United Nations report shows that the Earth's ozone layer has increased for the first time in 35 years. The report credits the recovery in part to the phasing out of

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The Planet Needs You! Help Avaaz Create the Biggest Climate Change Mobilization in History

The Planet Needs You! Help Avaaz Create the Biggest Climate Change Mobilization in History

As an Inhabitat reader, you’re already aware of just how much the fragile balance of the Earth’s climate is under threat. We hear regularly about how climate change threatens to raise sea levels,

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Global CO2 Levels Are Rising at the Fastest Rate in Three Decades

Global CO2 Levels Are Rising at the Fastest Rate in Three Decades

You would hope that will all of the talk about climate change and all of the positive efforts that people are making that CO2 levels would at least be holding steady, if not dropping. But, no such luck.

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“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its

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Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History? "So, what's

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Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could save billions of

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from

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The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

A recent report brings more bad news for the future of the human race on Earth, as the world’s two largest ice sheets are melting faster than ever before. On Wednesday the Alfred Wegener Institute in

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America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

  World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

In an effort to eliminate any doubt about the severity of climate change, graphic designer Milton Glaser has launched a campaign to change the language around it. Glaser, the designer of ‘I Heart NY”

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Massive Waves Could Shut Down Arctic Shipping Lanes Even as They Open

Massive Waves Could Shut Down Arctic Shipping Lanes Even as They Open

Global warming has cleared away the ice that plagued potential Arctic shipping routes, opening them up for speedier and more reliable trade. But without ice to act as a breakwater, huge swells are

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true

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Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

If you’re looking for an abyss to gaze into, a new one just mysteriously appeared at the end of the world. A giant hole in the Earth about 262 feet in diameter was recently discovered in Russia's far

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Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists and world

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Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

According to new research, eating meat might be killing you - and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat

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Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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