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Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests

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The whole world is running out of water

The whole world is running out of water

We’ve reported heavily on the severe drought in California and on the devastating effects of water shortages in other areas of the world. Those situations are frightening enough on their own, but this

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Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

This morning, the Vatican released the official version of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The final draft skewers climate change skeptics and demands global cooperation of people and

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Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

In the last few years smartphones have have become ubiquitous, connecting people worldwide and becoming an everyday, multipurpose tool. Yet, non-ethical sourcing of materials and worker exploitation in

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Nissan e-NV200 is the world’s first electric seven-passenger minivan

Nissan e-NV200 is the world’s first electric seven-passenger minivan

Back in 2013 Nissan introduced its second electric vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van. The small van is the perfect delivery van for an urban environment, due to its small footprint and its fully electric

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Ekklesia is a modern temple that revives ancient Greek public political discourse

Ekklesia is a modern temple that revives ancient Greek public political discourse

It is an installation made with cardboard tubes with a metallic appearance atop a mosaic made of 96,000 wooden pieces. During the Fallas festival in Valencia held every year the ultimate goal of these

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General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

The number of electric vehicles hitting the market continues to grow each year and with that comes the concern about what we'll do with all the lithium-ion batteries that power the EVs. General Motors has

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California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor

California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor

Uber is well known to city dwellers as a welcome alternative to the taxi cab. At the swipe of a smartphone, a driver magically appears to whisk the rider away. While Uber may seem a revolution in

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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Indiana’s first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Indiana’s first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Wildlife officials have evidence that a black bear has visited Indiana for the first time in 144 years. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a young male black bear left paw prints and a pile

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Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

At a much-hyped press conference in San Francisco today, Nest rolled out a significant batch of new and updated products for their smart home brand. In addition to updates to the Nest Thermostat, they

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Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

The west coast is awash in the largest toxic algae bloom ever for the region, according to researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The bloom first appeared in May and now stretches from

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Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

UK research firm Business Green has announced that electric vehicle sales have grown a whopping 366% percent in the first part of 2015. This leap in the direction of green and sustainable transportation

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to irrigate. Golf courses and

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable energy

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The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

Artificial trans fats are now officially banned by the FDA. Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods is linked to heart disease. Getting rid of

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs are spread through

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Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

The world is eagerly awaiting Tesla's mass-market Model 3 and although we've yet to see the $35,000 electric car, Tesla has just revealed that it will be offered in more than one body style. During a

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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change, and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance and urge the world’s 1.2

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Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla's Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the "Gigafactory" in Nevada, which

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Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

  Arctic polar bears have been forced to rethink their diet, thanks to climate change. No, they aren’t considering vegetarianism to help offset the droughts in other parts of the world.

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Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Honolulu has come under fire in the past year for it's ways of addressing homelessness on the island of Oahu; with police officers citing the homeless for a variety of pedestrian violations, and at least

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Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

Ever since the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars arrived last year, there has been a lot of speculation about what other models BMW could introduce to the electric i-sub brand. There have been several reports

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The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

Cyclists roll through Copenhagen, one of the world's greatest cycling cities, at an average speed of 10 miles per hour (15.5km/h). Imagine them flying along at more than four times faster without any

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New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

California officials announced further water usage restrictions on Friday, this time aimed mostly at farmers in the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas. More than 100 water rights holders who gained access

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Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

While U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, the African desert kingdom of Morocco just announced it plans to phase out payouts to companies pumping fossil

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MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Scientists have been exploring dwelling design that will allow astronauts and visitors to sleep over on the moon, but what about good old fashioned camping? Two engineers at MIT have developed a

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Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Flash flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia has claimed at least a dozen lives, and devastated the city's zoo—leaving some 20 wolves, eight lions, six tigers, as well as jaguars and bears missing. Some of the

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SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

Buffalo, New York is one of the many U.S. cities suffering an economic depression in the wake of manufacturing decline, but Elon Musk is taking a chance on the border town with a multi-billion dollar

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Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Even though the benefits of cycle commuting are well known, actually getting organized enough to do it can be a pain. You have to plan, carry extra gear, and often need to shower and change when you

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