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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully vegan

James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully vegan

Known for directing films such as Avatar and Titanic, James Cameron has another blockbuster of a project on the horizon: a fully vegan elementary school. Muse School in Calabasas, California, will offer

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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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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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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Uber sued for negligence after New Delhi rape incident

Uber sued for negligence after New Delhi rape incident

  Uber, the trendy California-based private rideshare company, is being sued for negligence following an alleged rape in New Delhi last December. The victim, who is going by the moniker "Jane Doe"

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Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

After the State of the Union and the touting of the abundance of natural resources, you'd probably think our natural gas game in the U.S. is strong. Meanwhile, the big environmental organizations are

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

  In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area.

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of

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Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available

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Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Some of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans have gathered together for a sweet reason- ethically sourced chocolate. The Harry Potter Alliance, an actual group of Hogwarts enthusiasts formed in 2005,

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and

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New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking due to health and

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village?

Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village?

Ever wondered where plastic Christmas decorations come from? Unfortunately, they are not made by an army of elves at Santa's workshop. (I wonder what their wages would be?) Instead, according to an

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Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that's the point!) Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However,

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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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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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