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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek beat out 300 entries to take home first prize thanks to his stellar contemporary and sustainable design made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels. The home's ability to blend in

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House Decked With Over 500,000 Christmas Lights is a Monument to Excess

House Decked With Over 500,000 Christmas Lights is a Monument to Excess

An Australian family has just claimed their second Guinness World Record by stringing over half a million Christmas lights across across their property. Lawyer David Richards and his family started

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations

There's trouble brewing down under -- scientists just named Australia the worst carbon offender per capita amongst major western nations. According to the Global Carbon Project, climate research shows

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2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

2013 on Track to Be One of the Warmest Years on Record

In a statement on the status of the climate in 2013 released on Wednesday, the World Meteorological Association says this year is shaping up to be among the top ten warmest since records began in 1850.

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Scientists Find Gold in the Leaves of Australian Eucalyptus Trees!

Scientists Find Gold in the Leaves of Australian Eucalyptus Trees!

For the first time, scientists have found gold naturally incorporated into a living organism. Published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and

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Reef Arabia Plants 3D Printed Coral Reefs to Restore Persian Gulf Marine Life

Reef Arabia Plants 3D Printed Coral Reefs to Restore Persian Gulf Marine Life

Coral reefs only cover about 0.1 percent of the world's ocean surface and they’re still disappearing at an alarming rate. These “rainforests of the sea” are already sensitive to water temperature,

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World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

The votes are in for the most practical solar-powered vehicle to compete in this year's 3000-km World Solar Challenge, and the winner is the Stella, a four-seat family vehicle created by the Dutch Solar

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Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

This week the some of the world's most efficient sun-powered cars blazed across the Australian outback for the World Solar Challenge - and the competition just announced a winner! The 3000km race across

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Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Non-biodegradable plastic bags are the scourge of landfills and picturesque landscapes everywhere. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have invented a process to transform the pesky

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

The world's most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile journey from

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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Adelaide Green Cultural Hub Comes Complete With an Energy-Generating Skyscraper!

Adelaide Green Cultural Hub Comes Complete With an Energy-Generating Skyscraper!

Due to the relocation of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital, the South Australian government called for an international competition to take a fresh look at how the existing hospital site could be used.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

Today Apple launched two shiny new cellphones - the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c - which means that thousands of old phones are set to fall into disuse as consumers around the world cash in their upgrades.

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Branch Studio’s Recycled Corrugated Iron Workspace Ages Gracefully

Branch Studio’s Recycled Corrugated Iron Workspace Ages Gracefully

Branch Studio's Nicholas Russo and Brad Wray constructed their countryside office in Victoria with old corrugated iron collected from the paddocks surrounding the site. In contrast with its rough

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Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Since the homes’ residents had lived in a house on the land previously, the orientation of the bedrooms and living rooms was required to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain the family’s

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

The King's Park educational facility was designed primarily to educate children about sustainability, but its applicable for adults too and the building hosts the occasional public presentation. Run by

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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

In some parts of Zimbabwe, pregnant women are forced to walk 10 kilometers on uneven dirt roads to visit the nearest clinic. Although he lives thousands of miles away from Zimbabwe, Australian high school

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Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures

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Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Photo via Shutterstock A kangaroo in Australia has turned out to be one child’s guardian angel. Seven-year-old Simon Kruger wandered away from his family and into the bush of Deep Creek Conservation

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious home. The

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US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed to be

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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