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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true

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Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no

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The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a devastating drought, but a new report is putting actual numbers on the problem, and the results are not good. This year alone, California stands to

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Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Finland's capital and largest city Helsinki has put forth a bold plan to integrate public and shared transportation so that in 10 years residents will not need to own a car. The "mobility on demand"

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists and world

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Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA just successfully launched a new satellite that will track atmospheric carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas that most climate scientists agree is the main driver of global warming. The Orbiting Carbon

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Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are already dying, if not

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Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from Across the Nation Sign Pledge to Address Climate Change

Mayors from around the nation met this week in Dallas, Texas to discuss the issues important to their communities - and one of the major topics this year was climate change. Mayors from New Orleans to

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Berkeley Could Soon Require Global Warming Stickers on Gas Pumps

Taking a page from the successful fight against Big Tobacco, Berkeley, California could soon become the first American city to require that its gas pumps are affixed with stickers warning drivers that

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

From experimenting with single payer health care to raising its minimum wage, Vermont always seems to be a step ahead of national policy. Now the forward-thinking New England state can boast the nation's

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Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

A new report refutes the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution regulations will create an economic catastrophe. The study examines the impact of the EPA rules

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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois passed a bill last Sunday that makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. From the end of 2018 it will be illegal to manufacture products containing

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UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

The UK refuses to be left out of the driverless car revolution. Science minister David Willetts is encouraging British companies to develop self-driving cars, and to ease implementation of the vehicles

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Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that there's no sticker shock when states add more clean energy to their power grids. The report

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7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

Take the WED Challenge Head over to the United Nations Environment Program's WED Challenge webpage and pledge your support for one of four WED teams to commit to taking action, not just today, but every

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China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

Things are suddenly looking promising for next year's UN climate change conference in Paris. Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a proposed 30 percent cut in power plant carbon emissions by

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EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the most significant action to combat climate disruption in American history with a new rule calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions

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You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

Temporary workers are supposed to be contracted for a short period of time - but companies are increasingly using temp work as a way to circumvent labor standards and exploit workers. Reporters from

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

The World Trade Organization reaffirmed this week that when it comes to seal hunting, European countries aren’t buying. Canada has been battling a ban that prevents any products from the country’s

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

When U.S. journalist Emily Atkin flew into Fort McMurray, Alberta, to "see the tar sands," her Canadian border control interview left her uncomfortable enough to investigate the experiences of others in

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Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Scientists have known for years that triclosan has a range of awful effects, from strengthening bacterial resistance to possibly even altering our very DNA. Minnesota is the first state taking a stand

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