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Nearly 80,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Spill Into Alberta Waterway

by , 09/03/14

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Nearly 80,000 gallons of crude oil just spilled into a water body north of Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada on Friday. Alberta has more than its fair share of problems due to oil exploration – in 2012, 3,200 barrels of crude oil spilled into Alberta’s Red Deer River, and last year it was revealed that the Alberta tar sands were leaking. This latest spill comes from a pipeline used by Alterra Energy, which is headquartered in Calgary.

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners' Thames Estuary Airport

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The U.K.’s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners‘ plans for a new international airport in England’s Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport – which is Europe’s biggest air hub and is currently operating at full capacity. Foster + Partners’ plan was strongly supported by London’s mayor Boris Johnson, who labeled the Commission “myopic” and “irrelevant” in his fury at the decision. The decision leaves only expansion plans for Gatwick and Heathrow airports as alternative options.

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Help the Ocean Cleanup Array Save the World's Oceans From Plastic Pollution - Donate Now!

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Plastic pollution is a global problem – the world’s oceans are filled with millions of tons of plastic particles that choke sea life and release hazardous toxins as they decompose. 19-year-old Boyan Slat has come up with a brilliant solution that could rid the seas of plastic pollution – and it’s proven by a year-long feasibility study – but he needs your help to make it a reality! Boyan’s Ocean Cleanup Array crowdfunding campaign has raised over 1.6 million dollars – but it has just 10 days left to hit its $2 million funding goal – so donate today to help clean the world’s oceans of plastic pollution!

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Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji Cove

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Animals, News

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September 1 marks the official start of the annual Taiji dolphin and small whale hunt in Japan, made infamous by the 2009 documentary The Cove. A quota of nearly 2,000 animals has been approved for this season, and Taiji hunters insist that the killing is done in a humane fashion – but the method used involves tethering the animals’ tails then severing the spinal cord of each animal in turn using a metal spike. The metal spike is meant to cause immediate brain death, followed by ‘bleed out,’ but video footage captured over recent years shows animals clearly in severe distress and struggling for their lives. (A 2011 veterinary observation noted one death took four minutes.) Cetaceans are intelligent and closely bonded creatures with complex communication systems – which means the process is anything but humane for the animals still struggling to free themselves as the water fills with the blood of their already slain fellow pod members.

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer's Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

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Artist Buries $16k Worth of Gold for Anyone to Find and Keep

by , 09/02/14
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Yarr, if it’s gold you be seeking, to England you should go: a German artist has buried $16,000 worth of gold bullion in the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone – and anyone is welcome to come search for it during the Folkestone Triennial. As part of an art project entitled Folkestone Digs, Michael Sailstorfer buried the 30 bars of gold under the sand of the beach as part of a participatory art project which he hopes will attract many people to the area at low tide on Thursday, Sept. 4 to search for it. “It’s about people coming to the beach and digging and possibly finding hidden treasure,” Triennial curator, Lewis Biggs told The Guardian. “Some people will get lucky, some people will not get lucky – and that’s life.”

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Bicycles, Urban design

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Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of bicycle infrastructure to the city – one that’s expected to become more common in years to come. This showcase bikeway is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project and it will stretch southbound on Valencia Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Duncan Street.

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Volkswagen Announces $36,265 Price Tag for 2015 e-Golf Electric Car

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Volkswagen just announced the pricing details for its first electric car to be offered in the United States! The 2015 e-Golf will offer a 115 horsepower electric motor and a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery – and it’s set to arrive in November with a price tag starting at $36,265 before any federal or state tax credits are applied.

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The Mets' Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, just hit an environmental home run! The Mets administration recently announced a number of green upgrades for the sports facility and organization, including a 100-percent alternative energy offset for the stadium’s electricity use through 2016.

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Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch - Inside a Mouse!

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Oh, the mighty mouse – the tiny creature on whom humanity’s experiments have saved countless lives, and they’re up to it again. This time, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have managed to grow a fully functional organ inside a mouse, which opens up the possibility that one day we might be able to manufacture compatible organs for transplant from scratch – without the need for human donors.

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Help Save the World's Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

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Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke – there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean’s ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the problem has become so enormous, but there is a way that even the most land-locked citizens can help clean things up. The Ocean Cleanup Array, invented by 19-year old Boyan Slat, has proven to be a viable solution for cleaning the oceans – and that’s where you come in. Right now the Ocean Cleanup team is looking for funding to launch the project so that we can finally start removing a significant amount of plastic from the ocean, and your donation could make all the difference.

DONATE TO FUND THE OCEAN CLEANUP >

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Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

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50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico's Lake Cajititlan

50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico's…

Without warning, hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been floating to the surface of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. Local authorities claim the…

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing Your Font

INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing…

Did you know that printer ink costs up to thousands of dollars per liter? This pricey commodity is said to be one of the most expensive commercially produced liquids in the world and…

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California Lawmakers Pass Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Lawmakers Pass Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The…

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous…

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