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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, "Testing the Waters 2014," which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production

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5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

Artists Mike and Doug Starn just built the largest bamboo structure ever out of 10,000 bamboo poles and 80,000 meters of climbing rope. Over the course of seven weeks, 25 rock climbers built the

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest.

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Ecosphere Technologies' latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation.

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Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

For nearly a year, scientists have been scrambling to understand why starfish in the Pacific Ocean have been dying in droves. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that many scientists expect entire

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Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from around the nation met this week in Dallas, Texas to discuss the issues important to their communities - and one of the major topics this year was climate change. Mayors from New Orleans to

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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How Climate Change Could Deliver Sewage to Your Doorstep

How Climate Change Could Deliver Sewage to Your Doorstep

It’s widely acknowledged that climate change is putting humanity’s future in some deep doo-doo, but now it’s getting literal. Grist.org reports that rising sea levels and massive storms associated

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Michigan is Building a Fake 30-Acre City to Test Driverless Cars

Michigan is Building a Fake 30-Acre City to Test Driverless Cars

Testing automated vehicles is a risky process, which is why Michigan's Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan have joined forces to create a 30-acre urban environment that will be

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Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

The low-tech practice of building homes using earth bags seems to be keeping pace with the most up-to-date 3D printing technologies. The Earth Home Builder is a skid-operated machine that can “3D

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Longtime environmental activist (and actor) Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged to donate $7 million over the next two years to back marine conservation projects. DiCaprio, who has often said that he wanted to

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Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

Funky Aluminum Hybrid Vehicle Travels on Railways to Reach Abandoned Communities

After nearly 5,000 miles of railway tracks were abandoned in Mexico and Ecuador 20 years ago, communities were left isolated without easy access to the world outside. Two artists want to re-open the

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London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

UK-based Trueform recently built a bus stop made from thousands of LEGO bricks! Working in collaboration with Transport for London, Trueform collected 100,000 building blocks to create the bus stop on

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AeroVelo Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Fastest Bicycle

AeroVelo Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Fastest Bicycle

Canada-based AeroVelo just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build the world's fastest bicycle! Last year, AeroVelo narrowly missed winning the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain,

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses. Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their

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Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

In just two weeks Germany has managed to break three solar energy records! First the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute that monitors solar output in the country noticed a rise to a record

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however,

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41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study

41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study

Who’d have thought it? An unassuming leafy green often used as decorative garnish might just be the healthiest food you can eat. Researchers at William Paterson University put watercress at the top of a

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Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

While some appliances have moved into the future, the humble dryer has been stuck in the past. As refrigerators, washing machines and other things have evolved and become much more energy efficient, the

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Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Electric vehicles are known for being whisper quiet, but that wouldn't be right with a Harley-Davidson chopper. In place of gas explosions making a racket, the LiveWire produces a high-pitched whir with

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned

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3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

What if you could turn old plastic bottles into fresh new designs with the press of a button? 3D Systems’ new Ekocycle Cube uses post-consumer plastic to 3D print a variety of designs. The eco-friendly

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Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

China's summer solstice festival is about to kick off, but one aspect of the festivities has drawn the ire of animal rights activists. That’s because, in addition to liquor and celebration, the festival

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

Care for a side of recycled furniture with that burger? Famed New York burger chain Shake Shack recently opened its latest branch in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and it features tables and other furnishings made of

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The Sixth Mass Extinction of Fauna and Flora is Imminent, Duke University Study Reveals

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Fauna and Flora is Imminent, Duke University Study Reveals

A new study has revealed that extinction rates for plants and animals are currently 1,000 times higher than they were before humans arrived. The rate is so high, in fact, that the planet hasn't seen

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