How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

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A team of scientists from Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered that pollution around the Hawaiian islands is causing lethal tumors in the endangered sea turtle population. The report, which was published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PeerJ, states that high levels of nitrogen from urban and farm runoff have poisoned the algae that sea turtles eat, causing deadly tumors to grow on the poor turtles’ flippers, eyes and internal organs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are taken to improve energy efficiency. After computers, services such as lighting, air conditioning, electric heating, and large appliances are the next biggest culprits. Steps can be taken to make your building more energy-savvy, from turning off all electronics and lights when they’re not in use to taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and improving insulation in order to reduce heating costs. Check out the infographic after the break for more tips on how to increase the energy efficiency of your home or office building.

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DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

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Celebrate the spirit of New York City and crown yourself as a DIY rock star by making this kick-ass Chrysler Building costume! If you’ve got foil, cardboard, felt, hot glue and a silver dress, you’re ready to rock the Art Deco jewel of the city. Read on for the step-by-step instructions.

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You Can Assemble IKEA's New Flat-Pack Furniture Without a Single Tool

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Everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-park furniture line has been the butt of many a joke for years; baffling cartoon assembly instructions, crazy tools, and missing screws, nuts and various bolts. But now IKEA has unveiled a line that might just do away with all those frustrations—living room furniture held together with dowels that snap together without the use of a single tool. Hit the jump to see a video of the tool-free assembly in action.

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The Fernwood Eco-Cemetery Offers Natural Burial for a Green Afterlife

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Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

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Quick! Take 30 seconds and think of everything you can possibly do to combat climate change. Done? We’re guessing that yoga wasn’t on that list. But India’s new prime minister thinks that his country’s ancient practice could actually help save the world. According to Grist, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi – who failed to attend the U.N. Climate Summit last week – has a vision for a green future that involves practicing yoga in order to change the way we approach consumption.

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Bouroullec Brothers Craft Delicate Watercolor-Like Ruutu Vases for Iittala

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Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec recently unveiled Ruutu, a collection of ten exquisite mouth-blown glass vases designed for the Finnish brand Iittala. Each vase takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce in Iittala’s glass factory due to its deceptively challenging shape and its delicate watercolor-like color palette. Named after the Finnish word for diamond or square, the Ruutu vase collection will come in five sizes and seven colors. Ruutu will be available for purchase January 2015.

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9 Eco-Friendly Thrift-Store Halloween Costumes for Under $15

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Across the country, the leaves are changing and the air is turning crisp. It can only mean one thing: Time to get your Halloween plans in order. We love dressing up for Halloween just as much as the next guy or gal, but we’re less enchanted with the trend of buying pricey, wasteful and poorly-made store-bought ‘costumes’. The solution? Hit the thrift store and assemble your own creative costume. Over at Ecouterre, learn how, with a bit of leg work, you can put together your own one-of-a-kind costume for under $20.

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

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BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

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INABA's Luminous LED Installation Wins First Ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition

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Marijuana is Killing Endangered Salmon in Northern California

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In California, marijuana is killing endangered salmon – and they’ve never even smoked the stuff. According to The Dodo, marijuana growing isn’t as green as you might think – particularly when it’s done on an industrial scale, as is often the case in California. Some marijuana growers have taken to using unregulated fertilizers and irrigation systems that take large amounts of water from streams, and a new report by biologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows their actions have put fish in both California and Oregon in danger of extinction.

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Frank Gehry's Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

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Melting Arctic Ice Causes 35,000 Walruses to Mass on Alaskan Beach, Raising Fears of Stampede

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This past weekend a mass of 35,000 walruses congregated on a remote Alaskan beach – and now authorities are concerned that the animals could stampede. This would put many of the animals at risk of death by trampling – especially juveniles. In response, the Federal Aviation Authority has re-routed flights, and the media, tourists and bush pilots have been asked to keep away from the site in an effort to not startle the animals. The animals are believed to have come ashore because arctic sea ice is currently at its sixth lowest level since satellite monitoring began in 1979.

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London's New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

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World's First Kinetic Energy-Powered Football Stadium Opens in Rio de Janeiro

World's First Kinetic Energy-Powered Football Stadium Opens in Rio de…

It's a strange partnership, but Brazilian football legend Pelé and Shell Oil have teamed up to launch the world's first player-powered community football field--right in the heart of…

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

MM++ Architects reduced the Thao dien House to it most minimal expression and then wrapped it with living walls. An extreme renovation turned the dated ugly building into a modern home.…

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Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for…

Many of our readers may know Foxconn as the controversial manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, but the company may soon be known as something else - a car manufacturer. Foxconn has announced…

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Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council's lies about climate change,…

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Jonas Wagell's Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

Jonas Wagell's Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian…

The designer, whose work is focused mostly on functionality and the spatial experiences of users, envisioned the Arjan Sauna as a minimalist space that has a small porch overlooking the…

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