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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

The Marshall strawberry, once regarded as "the finest eating strawberry in America," is facing extinction. Like so many other heirloom fruit and vegetables, it fell out of commercial favor in the 1960s as

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

Photo from Shutterstock Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to name and catalog the plants and animals around them. The adoption of a common taxonomic system from naturalist Carolus Linnaeus and

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Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in harmony

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Bananas May Become Extinct as Fungus Spreads Around the World

Bananas May Become Extinct as Fungus Spreads Around the World

Bad news for banana lovers: the tasty fruit is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. A nasty fungus that has been decimating bananas in Asia and Australia has jumped to Jordan and Mozambique.

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The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out how soon cities around the world will begin to feel the effects of major climate change - and their findings may shock

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world - and they found that over 30% of them fall into a

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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Grant Associates Design Lush Sustainable Garden for BREAAM Outstanding Worcester Library

Grant Associates Design Lush Sustainable Garden for BREAAM Outstanding Worcester Library

The lush gardens designed to accompany the gorgeous copper alloy-clad hive Worcester Library in the UK have just been opened to the public. Designed by Grant Associates, who brought us the Supertrees

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Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Image via Shutterstock Costa Rica just announced that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive animals. The small tropical nation is home to 4 percent

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s New English Roofing Tile is a new green building product that could transform urban roofs into vibrant gardens. The plastic tiles are shaped like triangular pockets that can be placed on

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Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

A leaked document obtained by The Guardian newspaper reveals secret plans by Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol to explore for natural gas in Peru's Manú National Park World Heritage site, one of the most

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of

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Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Peru Bans Genetically Modified Foods for 10 Years

Anybody planning to sneak genetically modified seeds into Peru should think twice - the country has just launched a historic ban on GMOs. Following a long struggle by the last administration's environment

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Frank Gehry-Designed BioMuseum to Be A Hub of Environmental Learning in Panama

Frank Gehry-Designed BioMuseum to Be A Hub of Environmental Learning in Panama

Frank Gehry, the architect known for his twisting metal buildings, is nearing completion on his first project in Latin America. The Museum of Biodiversity, located in Panama, is set to provide education

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Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

A team of researchers from Yale University is developing the Map of Life, an online platform that will monitor the existence of all plants and animals on the planet. When completed, users will be able to

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Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland, Oregon is often recognized as one of the greenest cities in America. The city has plans for peak oil and climate action and policies to address recycling and sustainable urban development, so

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7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

Climate Change Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can't even agree on whether or not it's an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless

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Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

  Giant Pandas are well-loved for their distinctive appearance and sedentary nature. Now they will receive even greater adoration and attention for their bowel-based contribution to the

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Rolling Green Roofed Country Homes to Be Made of Old Lancashire Water Tanks

Rolling Green Roofed Country Homes to Be Made of Old Lancashire Water Tanks

The rolling green roofs are comprised of native grasses that insulate the building and ensure that it fits unobtrusively within the rest of the site. Roof lights keep the building well-lit during the day,

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Pixelated Birdhouses Sprout on City Trees in London

Pixelated Birdhouses Sprout on City Trees in London

With over 250 bird and bug boxes available in the stunning sculptural art installation, birds can choose from a range of shapes and sizes of boxes to use for shelter, nesting or feeding spaces. The

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