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Masdar Helps Oman Prepare for the Post-Oil Era With the Gulf’s First Wind Farm

Masdar Helps Oman Prepare for the Post-Oil Era With the Gulf’s First Wind Farm

The Sultanate of Oman is building the largest wind farm in the Gulf States region. The $125 million, 50-megawatt project is a joint development between Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, and

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of

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U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

United States Navy scientists claim they have successfully developed a method of converting seawater into jet fuel. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory developed a technology that

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC's landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres

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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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Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

A team from the University of Cambridge is attempting to mimic a natural process perfected over billions of years to create 'green transport fuel'. The team is capturing solar energy through artificial

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years - however recently there has been

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Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Image via Shutterstock The last few years have shown that bacteria can "poop out" some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff - whether it be gold or battery power. Now a team from the Korea Advanced

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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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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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell's "Wings of Waste"

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

A leaked document obtained by The Guardian newspaper reveals secret plans by Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol to explore for natural gas in Peru's Manú National Park World Heritage site, one of the most

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Ocean Plastics Absorb Other Toxins, Become Even More Dangerous To Marine Life

Ocean Plastics Absorb Other Toxins, Become Even More Dangerous To Marine Life

Photo via Shutterstock Along with acidification and overfishing, plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to the health of our ocean ecosystems. New research published in this month's issue of

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Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Jensbn Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you're not the U.S. Military. Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for

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Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities

Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities

Southern California is notorious for its smog, but just a few hundred miles away in the High Sierras, the air is much cleaner. To demonstrate the difference, researchers Aaron Reuben and Gabriel Isaacman

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Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Have you seen those BP commercials that talk about how the Gulf Coast is "open for business"? These ads are little more than BP-sponsored propaganda to assuage people's fears about swimming in water

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16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

Plastic waste photo from Shutterstock Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately - if they're not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they're figuring out how to use the

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

There has been a lot of debate about the merits of space tourism over the last few years. Some see it as a luxury for the super-rich, others an opportunity to go where only a lucky few have gone before --

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INHABITAT: The start of the Rio+20 conference is upon us now. What is the UAE hoping to achieve whilst there? Thani Al-Zeyoudi: The UAE’s ultimate goal in Rio is to ensure the success of the summit. We

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Eyeless Shrimp and Deformed Crabs a Serious Problem 2 Years After Gulf Oil Spill

Eyeless Shrimp and Deformed Crabs a Serious Problem 2 Years After Gulf Oil Spill

Two years ago today, the catastrophic blowout at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform began to spill what would ultimately amount to 5 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and now fisherman are

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Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

When hydraulic fracturing (or fracking - the technique of extracting natural gas from rocks) was thrust into the public consciousness with the release of the 2010 film Gasland, most of the conversation

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