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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED

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Incredible Map Shows 11 Years of Major US Fires

Incredible Map Shows 11 Years of Major US Fires

This map by interactive designer John Nelson catalogues 11 years of major US fires. After recent wildfires blazed in Colorado and Utah following long periods of dry weather, Nelson gathered satellite

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Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

The final turbine has now been installed on China's massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam, making it the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Work on the dam, which is located in the middle of

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New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A new independent report on the cause of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster places most of the blame on collusion between the Japanese government and TEPCO for allowing the plant to be so vulnerable. The

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Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Lin's design follows a number of sustainable principles so that during the rainy season water is harvested on the roof and filters down to be stored in a large container for the rest of the year. Space is

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Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Japan’s status as a nuclear-free nation was short-lived. Just two months after officials shuttered the country's final nuclear power plant, it has now restarted two reactors amid concerns about energy

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Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

These scaly public restrooms in New Zealand look like giant sea monsters, but their form actually follows function, as the shape of the tail promotes natural ventilation. When commissioned to design a

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Study Finds Western World Must Halve Meat Consumption To Feed Global Population By 2050

Study Finds Western World Must Halve Meat Consumption To Feed Global Population By 2050

Meat in a Shop Window Photo from Shutterstock It is estimated that the world's population will reach 9.3 billion people by 2050, which raises significant questions as to how exactly we are going to

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3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

A team from Oxford University has modified technology that was originally developed to track badgers underground so that it can be used to locate people in an emergency situations, such as a natural

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Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock Despite shutting down all their nuclear plants last month in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has hinted that its relationship with nuclear

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Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Meet “Rosemary” – a new emergency response robot prototype developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center for work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in northern Japan, which

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New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

According to a new report published in the highly-respected journal PNAS, the levels of radiation caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and experienced by marine organisms throughout the food chain

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40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 tons of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan just washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Today workers today launched a massive cleanup on the largest uninhabited island

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are “below cancer-causing

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After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

Since Japan shut down all its nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the country has been exploring ways to replace the 30 percent of national power which was generated by nuclear

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The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

Flood waters escape underneath the mahogany home, which is lifted off the ground, while the brick chimney along with the bathroom and kitchen area gives the otherwise lightweight home grounding and

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100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

At the Tokyo Hotaru Festival, the sea of blue LED lights flowed past the Tokyo Sky Tree, a radio broadcast tower that was completed in 2011 and is now the second tallest structure in the world after the

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Vermont Will Become the First State to Outlaw Fracking

Vermont Will Become the First State to Outlaw Fracking

Wyoming Gas Drill Photo by Shutterstock Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is set to sign into law a bill that will make Vermont the first state to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the

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Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

A lot has happened since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In the 15 months since the power plant was damaged by a double-whammy of an earthquake and a tsunami, the nuclear state has been described as worse

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Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Tomorrow Japan will become completely nuclear free for the first time since 1970 as it shuts down the Tomari nuclear reactor on the island of Hokkaido. One by one the country’s 54 nuclear reactors have

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Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

A prototype for a solar and wind power station that fits within a shipping container has placed a group of students from Princeton University among the winners of a national EPA-sponsored sustainable

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

As debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan now washes up in North America, much of it is also settling into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Stretching northward from the outermost Hawaiian Islands, this

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Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century

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Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

The first identifiable pieces of debris to be washed across the Pacific Ocean in the wake of last year's tsunami in Japan, a volleyball and a soccer ball, have reached the Alaskan coast. Discovered on the

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The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

Water Pollution of a Copper Mine Exploitation Image from Shutterstock WATER Water; we can't live without it, and thankfully much of the Earth is made up of it. Yet we face major problems where the

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EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

EPA Introduces Regulations Limiting Hydraulic Fracturing Emissions

Today the EPA finally introduced long-delayed regulations requiring natural gas companies to utilize technologies that reduce or eliminate the emission of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCS)

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Iranian Architect Builds Sustainable Bamboo Dome From Bamboo and Dry Rice Plants

Iranian Architect Builds Sustainable Bamboo Dome From Bamboo and Dry Rice Plants

It takes three people two days to build this shelter, which is made from seventy bamboo canes. The base of the self-standing shelter was made from gas pipes from a local shop, ensuring the structure

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the

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Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

Updated Cornell Study Shows Fracking Causes More Global Warming Than Coal

Hydraulic fracking is getting a pretty bad reputation for its potential to pollute water, cause cancer, and trigger earthquakes -- need we go on? But a new study from Cornell reports that the natural gas

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U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

The Japanese ghost ship that recently appeared off the coast of Canada has recently come under cannon fire from the U.S. Coast Guard. The 164-foot Ryou-un-Maru fishing vessel washed out into the Pacific

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