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4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

Used Christmas Trees, Shutterstock Did you know that the Christmas time tradition of adorning an evergreen tree with ornaments dates back to Latvia in 1510 when the first decorated tree was recorded?

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

On the heels of the recent COP 18 climate conference in Qatar, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that global coal use is on the rise. Without controls to make one of the most polluting

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Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

At the very last minute, 200 nations agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 while a successor to the legally binding agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions is re-worded by 2015. While many

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COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha Ends in Colossal Failure

The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts, but 'Hot Air' permits that allow countries like

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The Hestia Project Maps the Carbon Emissions of US Cities Down to Street Level

The Hestia Project Maps the Carbon Emissions of US Cities Down to Street Level

A team of researchers from Arizona State University have developed a new software system that is capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to street

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New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

Industrial Emissions photo from Shutterstock A new study just published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences calculates that the U.S. government is using a faulty model for estimating

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Explosive Reservoir of Methane Under Antarctic Could be Unleashed if Ice Melts

Explosive Reservoir of Methane Under Antarctic Could be Unleashed if Ice Melts

A new study from the University of California has revealed that a vast reservoir of methane underneath the Antarctic ice sheet could be unleashed into the atmosphere if the ice melts. The report, which

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‘Green Cremation’ Company Resomation Ltd Comes To Minnesota

‘Green Cremation’ Company Resomation Ltd Comes To Minnesota

Last year, we did an article on Resomation Ltd, a Scottish company that aims to combat the environmental impact of cremation by dissolving bodies in a commercial “alkaline hydrolysis” unit, called The

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UCLA Study Shows Los Angeles Could Heat Up 4 to 5 Degrees by Mid-Century

UCLA Study Shows Los Angeles Could Heat Up 4 to 5 Degrees by Mid-Century

A new UCLA study demonstrates that climate change could cause temperatures throughout the Los Angeles region to rise by 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century. These results could mean a tripling of

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Giant Volcanic Eruptions Could Devastate the Ozone Layer

Giant Volcanic Eruptions Could Devastate the Ozone Layer

When a volcano erupts it sends thousands of tons of gases into the atmosphere - all of which can weaken the ozone layer. A team of German meteorologists studying giant eruptions in Nicaragua recently

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Scientists Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Reached a “Troubling Milestone”

Scientists Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Reached a “Troubling Milestone”

Carbon Emissions Image from Shutterstock According to a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab, the average monthly measurement for

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NRDC Report Says US Heat-Related Deaths To Triple Due To Climate Change

NRDC Report Says US Heat-Related Deaths To Triple Due To Climate Change

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that by the end of the century, heat-related deaths in the United States are expected to triple as a result of climate change. As summer approaches,

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Got Milk? Wasted Milk Creates the Equivalent Emissions of 20,000 Cars Annually

Got Milk? Wasted Milk Creates the Equivalent Emissions of 20,000 Cars Annually

Food waste has long been a problem, but it seems a particular foodstuff is more harmful than others. According to a team from Edinburgh University, wasted milk that is poured down the drain can create a

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Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Think air pollution in the US is just a local problem? Think again - a new study published in the journal Biogeosciences finds that man-made ozone pollution in North America can cause European farmers to

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China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

If any other country in the world was to announce plans to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, it would be a massive environmental victory -- except in China. Despite the Chinese

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Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Natural gas may be a marginally cleaner fossil fuel than coal, but obtaining it through the processing of fracking turns out to be more damaging to the climate than coal ever was. Fracking is a process

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Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe, the company behind Flash Player and Adobe Reader, has always been a supporter of renewable energy - remember when they installed a wind farm at their headquarters in San Jose? Well now they've

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Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport

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Stanford Scientists Transform Raw Sewage Into Eco Rocket Fuel

Stanford Scientists Transform Raw Sewage Into Eco Rocket Fuel

Photo by Brian Cantwell Here's a pretty elaborate way to process sewage waste: Stanford researchers propose using anaerobic bacteria to break it down, producing nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Then, use

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U.S Establishes First Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Vehicles

U.S Establishes First Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Vehicles

Just in time for the New York Auto Show, the U.S. government has announced the first ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks! As a result of the rules set by the EPA and the

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German Fishing Boat Flies Giant Kite to Save Fuel

German Fishing Boat Flies Giant Kite to Save Fuel

Michael Kooren for Reuters With the cost (both financial and environmental) of fuel these days, everyone is trying to cut back in whatever ways they can. If you're talking boats, you can always go

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Walmart Announces It Will Cut 20 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gases

Walmart Announces It Will Cut 20 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gases

Wal-Mart announced today their goal to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain. According to the mega-retailer, these changes will be equivalent to

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U.N. Says Emissions Vows Not Enough to Avoid Devastating Climate Change

U.N. Says Emissions Vows Not Enough to Avoid Devastating Climate Change

New modeling released by the United Nations today paints a very disturbing picture - the emission cuts pledges made by the 60 countries who signed the Copenhagen Accord will not be enough to keep the

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WMO Confirms that There is No Slowdown in Global Warming

WMO Confirms that There is No Slowdown in Global Warming

In a freshly released report on Tuesday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that 2000-2009 was the warmest decade ever on record. While the WMO has warned the world about this dire

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Burp Catching Backpack Traps and Contains Methane Released by Cows!

Burp Catching Backpack Traps and Contains Methane Released by Cows!

Ah, green design at its finest. Here at Inhabitat we pride ourselves in bringing you the freshest eco-friendly innovations, so how could we pass on the merits of this bright pink burp-trapping bovine

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Use CO2 to make DVDs

Use CO2 to make DVDs

There are some intriguing ideas with how to deal with the greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation - the most commonly heard being carbon sequestration. But what else could you do with those

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Scientists to Make Cows Fart Like Kangaroos to Cool the Planet

Scientists to Make Cows Fart Like Kangaroos to Cool the Planet

We're guessing that headline caught your attention! Cow farts are a source of greenhouse gases, while kangaroo farts are methane free thanks to a particular bacteria in their stomachs. Now, in a bizarre

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CAN CERAMIC TUBES STOP GLOBAL WARMING?

CAN CERAMIC TUBES STOP GLOBAL WARMING?

One of the biggest global problems in trying to reduce carbon emissions is the extremely large existing infrastructure built entirely around fossil fuels. Of course there are individual actions we can

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