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Vampire power is sucking away your savings, to the tune of $19 billion a year

Vampire power is sucking away your savings, to the tune of $19 billion a year

  Your mother probably taught you to turn off the light when you leave a room. Why waste money and energy when you’re not using it, right? Well, there are lots of other sneaky ways that we’re

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Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Earth’s permafrost is thawing and the climate consequences are concerning. Scientists estimate that 1,330 billion to 1,580 billion tons of organic carbon are stored within the permanently frozen soil of

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San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

When it comes to humanity’s impact on the planet, we just can’t seem to find the right balance. When one thing comes into balance, another gets thrown out of whack. In this case it looks like the

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Ever wondered how your backyard chicken can cluck around all day in summer without roasting, or how fish swim in sun-drenched waters to no apparent ill-effect? A team of researchers from Oregon State

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Google’s self-driving cars were not at fault in any of their 11 accidents

Google’s self-driving cars were not at fault in any of their 11 accidents

Google says its self-driving cars have been in more accidents than recently reported, but the cars were not at fault in any. A recent report by the Associated Press said Google’s self-driving cars were

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New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

Recently presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, together with Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison proposed a bill entitled the "End Polluter Welfare Act," in which they seek to bring an end to the federal

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Scientists are turning fungi into clean-burning jet fuel

Scientists are turning fungi into clean-burning jet fuel

The development of biofuels for use in airplanes has been something of a slow process, with both Air Canada and Boeing utilizing a biofuel made from used cooking oil—combined with conventional jet

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Hawaii aims to be the first state to run entirely on renewable energy

Hawaii aims to be the first state to run entirely on renewable energy

Hawaii has more reasons that most to have a disdain for oil dependence—as a series of islands, climate change poses a very present threat—and, as a series of islands that's dependent on oil, they have

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,000 lives, a powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck the rural town of Namche, which lies around 50 miles northeast of

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Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Just months after protecting 12.3 million acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling, the Obama administration has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. CNN

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Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

As California grapples with is fourth year of record-breaking drought conditions, millions of trees are becoming silent victims to the severe water shortage – and millions more are expected to fall. An

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This tiny shape-shifting sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking

This tiny shape-shifting sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking

It’s small, cute, and sleek. Just another smart car, though? Hardly. The EO Smart Connecting Car 2, or “EOscc2” for short, does things like no other smart car we’ve seen, except maybe in sci-fi

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Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Fur farmers in Norway may soon feel the pinch as the government announces a proposal to cut subsidies to these controversial farms. A cut of 17.8 million kroner ($2.35 million US) worth of agricultural

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Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks will stop sourcing its bottled water from California, the company said Friday. Starbucks’ Ethos Water will now be bottled in Pennsylvania in deference to California’s worsening drought and

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Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests

Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests

Apple has announced the next phase of their plans to protect the world’s environment. The iPhone maker is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests from which the

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San Francisco is protecting cyclists with raised bike lanes

San Francisco is protecting cyclists with raised bike lanes

San Franciscan cyclists will soon have an edge above automobile traffic, with a new elevated bicycle lane heading for the southern Mission District. Planned to line Valencia Street, the bike path will

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Carl Sagan’s solar-powered LightSail spaceship to finally launch test flight

Carl Sagan’s solar-powered LightSail spaceship to finally launch test flight

Almost forty years ago, legendary astronomer Carl Sagan unveiled his plans for a spacecraft with large 'sails' that can harness solar radiation so as to push itself through the universe in much the same

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Mysterious radio signals baffle scientists for 17 years, found to be caused by staff microwave

Mysterious radio signals baffle scientists for 17 years, found to be caused by staff microwave

In 1998, astronomers at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, noticed their radio telescope was picking up an odd signal. These signals, known as perytons, continued to be detected once or

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Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers

Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers

Qatar has announced plans to build seven cities to house the migrant workers on whose backs the 2022 World Cup stadiums will be built. The largest, called "Labor City," will hold 70,000 people, as well as

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Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016

Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016

Only a week has gone by since Elon Musk announced Tesla's new, much-hyped Powerwall home battery, and the company is reporting that they've already sold out of their batteries through mid-2016, booking

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House Republicans seek to slash millions in funding for NASA’s study of earth science

House Republicans seek to slash millions in funding for NASA’s study of earth science

When Obama unveiled his proposed fiscal budget for the year 2016, not only did he request billions in funding for clean energy development and incentives, but he also set aside $1.947 billion for the

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Over 200 leading scientists agree: non-stick pans are bad for you

Over 200 leading scientists agree: non-stick pans are bad for you

Over 200 scientists signed a statement telling the world that they are highly concerned over the spread of certain chemicals called poly and perfluoroalkyl substances which are in most non-stick cookware

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and

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Watch Oregon’s Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

Watch Oregon’s Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

Located in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017

Tesla's Model S sedan is the poster child for the growing electric vehicle segment, but with a price tag in the $70,000 range, it's far out of reach for most buyers. Tesla has already announced plans to

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Could this giant straw be the solution to the problems with wind turbines?

Could this giant straw be the solution to the problems with wind turbines?

Could a bladeless wind generator be the answer to solving the issues with wind - and save a few bird lives in the process? It can if you believe that the same technology we use to get your milkshake to

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Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers

Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers

Bill Gates wants to know why children are dying, and he's paying $75 million to find out. Gates told The Atlantic about the most recent endeavor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: a network of

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New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

The true consequences of fracking are finally being shown, after new testing methods have revealed chemicals commonly used in fracking are showing up in Pennsylvania homes located near a reported well-pad

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