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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before repeating

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Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

A new study published in Science by the Scripp's Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego found that the earth's crust is slowly rising in the West "like an uncoiled spring" due extreme drought.

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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time

Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time

Everyone knows that without sunlight and air, life can’t survive, right? Wrong. Scientists have long suspected that life may be humming along in some of the world’s least hospitable environments -

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

How to Build and Maintain a Community House

There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

Colonizing Mars has been a science fiction dream for years, but designers have been toying with the notion ever since Mars One started popping up in the news. Jumping on board is MakerBot, which launched

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Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves”

Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel’s Ridiculous “Man-Eating Super Wolves”

  Back in May, the Animal Planet channel was set to screen a sensationalist piece of clap trap posing as a documentary entitled, "Man-Eating Super Wolves." The production purports that wolf

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How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond just discovered an amazing way to save thousands of lives taken by explosive land mines every year. According to a recent study by the

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions, which they

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

Bioremediation can refer to the use of microbes, fungi (mycoremediation) or plants (phytoremediation) that have the ability to remove pollutants from the environment. Microbes and fungi generally

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The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean

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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

China to Ban Burning Coal in Beijing by 2020

When it comes to China’s pollution problem, it seems like it’s one step forward and two steps back. China just announced plans to ban coal use in Beijing by 2020, citing the fuel source as a major

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Greenpeace and Kids Urge LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil (VIDEO)

Greenpeace and Kids Urge LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil (VIDEO)

If LEGOs are marketed as the building blocks for a child's imagination, what kind of message is the toy giant sending by partnering with Shell Oil? Not a good one, says Greenpeace, which has launched a

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

Milton Glaser Launches “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” Campaign to Fight Climate Change

In an effort to eliminate any doubt about the severity of climate change, graphic designer Milton Glaser has launched a campaign to change the language around it. Glaser, the designer of ‘I Heart NY”

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had

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Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design just unveiled a full-sized bicycle that fits into a tiny backpack! The lightweight bike can be broken down into 21 parts that fit snugly within a high quality circular bag. The Kit Bike is

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: Street Artists Tag Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: Street Artists Tag Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

When is cleaning the sidewalks a crime? When you're doing it to create art. Obviously. A number of street artists around the world have taken to expressing themselves through an innovative practice known

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What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

The corn was planted in early June and cultivated on a farmstead close to Milan, and was moved into the centre of the city a few nights ago, giving the impression that a huge field of corn had sprouted

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

A marginalized minority of Coptic Christians in a Muslim-majority country, the Zabbaleen were forcibly relocated to the outskirts of Cairo by the government in 1969. After creating a new home at Mokattam,

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our impact and

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What’s the Carbon Footprint of Your Favorite Food or Activity?

What’s the Carbon Footprint of Your Favorite Food or Activity?

Did you know that the carbon footprint of a diamond necklace is the same as that of drinking 1,333 pints of beer? Or that a mile traveled by a subway train has the same carbon footprint of 3 teapots

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animals are being poached to the point of extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa,

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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