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Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Okapi photo from Shutterstock The blue-tongued forest giraffe is the latest species to fall under risk of extinction. The animal, also known as the okapi, is the national symbol of the Democratic

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Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

Whether you want to call it yarn-bombing or guerrilla knitting, this craze has spread across the world in a colorful display of environmentally friendly public art. Isabeau Joubert has done something

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Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City to Ban 3D-Printed Guns

Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City to Ban 3D-Printed Guns

Last week, Philadelphia's 10-member city council unanimously passed a measure banning the production of firearms made by 3D printers. In doing so, Philly has become the first U.S. city to outlaw a

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Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Kerosene is the fuel of choice for families living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa - however it inflicts a heavy toll on people's health and costs up to $8 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Compared to

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Mocked by Stephen Colbert as "poverty porn," the Shanty Town sits alongside Emoya's five-star lodgings. For about $98 a night, guests can pretend to live the rough life, relieving themselves in "long

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of Winchester Deadly Passion, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on November 13 depicting her triumphantly sitting over a

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Watch the Lion Whisperer Play with a Fully-Grown Pair of Lions in South Africa

Watch the Lion Whisperer Play with a Fully-Grown Pair of Lions in South Africa

A charging african lion is an alarming sight for most people - but for zoologist Kevin Richardson it's just the start of another day on a reserve in South Africa. Richardson wrestles with fully-grown

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Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips has achieved a new milestone in its quest to integrate energy-efficient LEDs into all surfaces. We've seen the company install LEDs on ceilings, walls and now they are putting them in floors.

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

Ivory photo from Shutterstock On Thursday, U.S. officials destroyed $10 billion worth of "blood ivory" at a rock crushing facility in Denver, Colorado. The 5.4 tons of confiscated material was

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Rescued Dog Becomes First Pup to Climb Mount Everest

Rescued Dog Becomes First Pup to Climb Mount Everest

An abandoned mutt that was found starving in a garbage dump in India has become the first dog to climb to Everest’s Base Camp with his globe-trotting owner. Former professional golfer Joanne Lefson

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Vancouver Launches the World’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program!

Vancouver Launches the World’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program!

The Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project began this week in Vancouver, Canada as part of the city's efforts to become the greenest on the globe by 2020. The program's first step was to install 110

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Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Since purchasing the 23,000 acre estate 10 years ago, Lister has made Alladale an ecological testing ground, replanting over 800,000 indigenous trees, reintroducing red squirrels, managing local red deer

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COP-19 Climate Change Conference Kicks Off This Week in Warsaw, Poland

COP-19 Climate Change Conference Kicks Off This Week in Warsaw, Poland

Photo of polar bear via Shutterstock The "Last Chance" 2015 International Climate Agreement Two years ago at Durban, South Africa, countries at COP-17 ended climate talks with a promise to create a

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7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

Pinta Island Tortoise (2012) Lonesome George was the last known Pinta Island Tortoise in the world, and he died on June 24, 2012. Although the exact age of the massive reptile was unknown, he was

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world - and they found that over 30% of them fall into a

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Coconut-Shaped Bamboo Dome Built Without a Single Nail

Coconut-Shaped Bamboo Dome Built Without a Single Nail

We've seen other bamboo buildings before but what makes Nghia's stand out is the dynamic domed shapes he is able to achieve with the material - especially without the use of modern machinery or metal

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UN Reveals Billion Dollar Price Tag Associated with Environmental Crime

UN Reveals Billion Dollar Price Tag Associated with Environmental Crime

Photo of waste shipping container via Shutterstock Illegal deforestation, animal poaching and the shipping of toxic waste are all environmental crimes that cost the world billions of dollars each year,

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Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

Global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be eight to 12 billion tonnes higher than target levels in 2020, which means the hope of limiting global temperature increases to 2°C (35°F) this

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Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

The new Eco-Mobius Phone is an upgradable modular phone that helps address the growing problem of electronic waste. Designed by ZTE Corporation, the Mobius phone is made up of a series of individual

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Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

The Panasonic Corporation just unveiled plans to launch a new solar LED lantern that will provide light to those living without electricity. The BG-BL03 Lantern can be charged up in just six hours, and it

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Rocky Roads are No Match for the Shape-Shifting Roadless Wheel

Rocky Roads are No Match for the Shape-Shifting Roadless Wheel

The shape-shifting Roadless Wheel is a one-size-fits-all solution for different vehicle types and road conditions in rural Africa. Student of Innovation Design Engineering at London’s RCA, Ackeem

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Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

If you’re trying to preserve a severely endangered animal, it’s obviously not the best idea to hunt it for sport. But in a bizarre twist of logic, the Dallas Safari Club has decided to auction off the

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Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

Ethiopia recently unveiled Africa's largest wind farm! The 120 MW Ashegoda Wind Farm cost the French firm Vergnet SA $290 million to build, and it’s just one part of a greater plan to boost energy

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Vultures Teach Us About Sterilization and Specialization?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can Vultures Teach Us About Sterilization and Specialization?

Did you know a coven of vultures swirling overhead is called a 'kettle?' I love that. It makes me think of a fortune teller's black magic tea-leaves, steeping in her stove-top cauldron. And of course, we

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Ethiopia Announces Plans to Build Massive 1000 MW Geothermal Power Plant

Ethiopia Announces Plans to Build Massive 1000 MW Geothermal Power Plant

American-Icelandic company Reykjavik Geothermal just invested $4 billion towards a massive new geothermal farm 124 miles south of the Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The deal signed on Wednesday secures

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