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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who's being cared for

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old

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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong steps to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima—may have caused

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in

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Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

The world’s largest long-distance car-sharing network, BlaBlaCar, looks set to transform the way we travel by helping fill empty seats. After a huge $100 million investment by Index Ventures back in

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VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about seal-people called

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

If the people on your gift list this year are ardent bird lovers, then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends. Since wild bird numbers have been dwindling

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Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes may not be the first animals to come to mind when we think about endangered species, but it might not be long before these majestic creatures disappear from the face of the earth. Thanks to a

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New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

Remember the horse meat scandal that rocked the UK last year? Well, it might never happen again thanks to a new device designed by UK-based Oxford Instruments The new Pulsar device can distinguish between

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Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

"Send a smile, save a tree". That's the slogan coined by a new gifting app called Congrats, which encourages folks to send heartfelt greetings without harming any trees. Considering that over 300,000

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VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

Shadow, a wolf pup living at the San Diego Zoo, gets some play time with his caregivers in this "awww"-inspiring video. He's exploring all kinds of new scents, tastes, and textures, from tree branches

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VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

Incredibly intelligent, empathetic, and just gorgeous to admire, elephants form close friendship bonds with those around them, and have strong connections with their family members. Their babies are also

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated communities in

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Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

"Antibacterial" has become a trusted catchword in recent years, synonymous with cleanliness and immaculate hygiene—but studies are showing that these products are doing more harm than good. Triclosan,

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It's a holiday in which we'll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend

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Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

This morning Americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of SHOPPING. Each year Black Friday marks the upcoming holiday season with a day

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

The senate is now ruled by the Republican, climate-denying majority, the controversial and climate-damning Keystone XL Pipeline is probably gonna be approved, fracking for shale gas is going to become

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was truly

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Cambodia has had nearly 3 million tons of bombs dropped on it in the past century, and most of their remains still lie scattered across the country, maiming and killing hundreds of people every year. The

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UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK-based solar farm operator Primrose Solar is teaming up with solar company Solarcentury to build a 48 MWp solar farm on the Southwick Estate in Fareham, Portsmouth. The farm will produce enough clean

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Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii may be the quintessential beach bum destination, but a new law lets authorities move the state’s homeless population away from tourist spots, and it's making life difficult for those genuinely

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Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Accusations of "pinkwashing" have recently been leveled at a partnership between breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen and "oilfield services" company Baker Hughes. To help raise awareness of breast

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

The landmark building was constructed in 1910 following the 1906 earthquake. Kelly Cullen Community's 172 new housing units are larger than the original hotel rooms at 230 square meters on average, and

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