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The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

On Wednesday of this week, like so many days of so many other weeks, environmental workers were using heavy equipment to cleanup an area near a disused mine. This time, near Durango, Colorado, something

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Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

The 70,000 acre Rocky Fire that is still raging near Clear Lake California has defied firefighter's predictions of how a wildfire should behave. It has already crossed highways, fire lines and other

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A community fridge in Spain lets residents avoid food waste by sharing

A community fridge in Spain lets residents avoid food waste by sharing

What if you could walk down the street and pick up a half a quart of milk without paying anything? What if you were going on vacation and instead of tossing that unused cheese or those three extra yogurts

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California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

Lake Oroville, a source of drinking water for 23 million Californians, has plummeted dangerously to a low 33 percent capacity. Illustrated in an emotional narrative by Diana Marcum for the LA Times, the

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Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

A new study published in the journal Nature has a shown a strong correlation between an abundance of street trees and local residents' improved sense of well-being.

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Russia makes a massive Arctic land grab for oil exploration

Russia makes a massive Arctic land grab for oil exploration

If you thought Santa Claus was as American as apple pie and baseball, think again. The jolly old elf might soon need to apply for a Russian passport if Russia's new claim over a vast swathe of the Arctic,

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Yerka’s “unstealable bike” to hit the pavement next spring

Yerka’s “unstealable bike” to hit the pavement next spring

Here on Inhabitat, we get to share with our readers a whole lot of really cool designs that you can’t actually buy, and we know it frustrates the heck out of you—because you tell us so. Good news!

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Critics fired up over UK power plant’s promise of “negative emissions”

Critics fired up over UK power plant’s promise of “negative emissions”

Coal and wood pellets aren’t the only things burning at the Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, England. The world’s biggest “green” power plant is under fire for its claims to be the first

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Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

Following last year’s landing on comet 67P, studies are uncovering the presence of organic compounds and the scientific community is buzzing at the larger implication: comets really could be carrying

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Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans

Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans

140 employees have been laid off, as Good Eggs announces they will end their Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans services on Friday, August 7th.

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Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts plague the region

Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts plague the region

As California struggles to contain ferocious wildfires and the Pacific Northwest anxiously waits for the Cascadia fault to reawaken, right across the ocean, Russians are dealing with a natural disaster of

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China is building a massive 6,300-acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

China is building a massive 6,300-acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

While environment-related headlines regarding China often focus on the devastating smog that coats major cities in the nation, there's reason for optimism where their energy-future is concerned: namely,

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World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its first 3D-printed drug. The medicine is Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam. Drugmakers turned to 3D printing to solve the problem of

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Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a patient’s vein

Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a patient’s vein

Whether you're terrified of needles or perfectly at ease in the nurse's chair, feeling the "stick" is far from a pleasant feeling, never mind the increasing tension that comes with being stuck multiple

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Sign this petition to stop the sale of dyed baby chicks as toys

Sign this petition to stop the sale of dyed baby chicks as toys

Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach recently: baby chicks dyed bright colors, most of which were lumped into sealed plastic bags on a

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2016 Chevy Volt can officially travel up to 53 miles in electric mode

2016 Chevy Volt can officially travel up to 53 miles in electric mode

When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt earlier this year the automaker promised a longer electric driving range and now its been EPA certified with a 53 miles EV driving range. That is nearly a

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Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

The government in Botswana, neighbor to Zimbabwe and the Hwange National Park, from where famed and revered lion Cecil was lured and killed earlier this month, has confirmed a nationwide ban on trophy

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95-year-old lobster saved from the supermarket gets to live out his days in an aquarium

95-year-old lobster saved from the supermarket gets to live out his days in an aquarium

Recently, a Long Island restaurant worker discovered a lobster the size of a small child in a shipping crate. The crustacean weighs in at 23 pounds and, judging by its size, could be as old as 95 years.

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New 100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

New 100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

The west African Ebola epidemic may soon be fizzling out, thanks to the speedy development of a vaccine which has proven 100% effectiveness in clinical trials in Guinea. 4,000 people were involved in the

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Japan just installed the world’s largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

Japan just installed the world’s largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

After the massive disaster in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, it would seem that the country has learned its lesson. Engineers are

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

The RE:BUILD system’s re-deployable and environmentally friendly structures can be easily and quickly assembled by a small team of people with no construction experience. Here’s how it works:

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Stanford Solar Car Project reveals next-gen “Arctan” racer

Stanford Solar Car Project reveals next-gen “Arctan” racer

Although they seem like artifacts from a ridiculous distant future, solar cars are actually quite old. The first solar car was invented by William Cobb in 1955 and solar car races have been held around

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Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

America's Clean Power Plan will—if it passes—slash carbon emissions, reduce coal power's hold on the energy sector and boost renewable energy development.

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Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

The largest of 23 major wildfires currently burning in drought-stricken California has destroyed two dozen houses, while over 12,000 people have been advised to flee their homes in the Lower Lake region.

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss.

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Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The autopilot mode is already equipped, according to Engadget, with ultrasonic

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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named

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This insanely detailed map shows every power plant in the United States

This insanely detailed map shows every power plant in the United States

As President Obama looks to shift the U.S. away from coal power and towards renewable energy in America's Clean Power Plan, the Washington Post has put together this fantastic map that details every power

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Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden

Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden

Metro Atlanta Task Force For The Homeless, homeless shelters, homeless planted garden, rooftop garden, urban gardening, healthy eating, healthy food, organically grown produce, green roof Metro Atlanta

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Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

Electric cars may be better for the planet than we thought. In addition to their potential mitigating effect on climate change, their physical components are proving to be excellent homes for wildlife,

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