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President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Last week President Obama signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument Expansion designates the largest

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Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

One dolphin is beautiful. Two, playing together in the water, is a gift. So what do you call dozens and dozens of dolphins, all leaping and diving their way to new feeding grounds? Apparently, a

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Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Created by Emerging Objects founders, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Saltygloo is an artistic experiment in using 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing techniques to turn local

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Underwater Volcanic Eruption Creates a New Island in the Pacific Ocean

Underwater Volcanic Eruption Creates a New Island in the Pacific Ocean

An eruption just south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean has created a new island comprised of black volcanic tephra. The latest addition to the Ring of Fire region, known as Nishino-shima, is only 200 meters

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several news outlets

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Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years, Study Shows

Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years, Study Shows

Image via Shutterstock A new study published in the journal Science finds that global warming slowed down in recent years because oceans have been absorbing much of the heat. The paper — "Pacific

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Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

In the latest of a now seemingly endless series of devastating, embarrassing debacles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, operating utility Tepco has found that radiation levels in seawater

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren't bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected.

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7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Due to our addiction to plastics, the human race has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive accumulation of trash dominated by synthetic, non-biodegradable objects. Turning a blight into an

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope.

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Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Liquid Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup behind the surfboard-sized robots known as Wave Gliders, announced today that the Papa Mau robot completed a record-breaking 9,000 mile trip across the Pacific

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Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Earlier in the year, Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey began their project to document some of the world's most beautiful reefs. The goal of the project was two-fold; first to give everyone the

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New Study Suggests Pacific Ocean is Polluted With… Coffee?

New Study Suggests Pacific Ocean is Polluted With… Coffee?

People aren’t the only ones getting a jolt from caffeine these days; in a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, scientists found elevated concentrations of caffeine in the Pacific Ocean in

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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Writhing Tower Boasts a Garden and Trees for Each Condo in Peru

Writhing Tower Boasts a Garden and Trees for Each Condo in Peru

When designing a new residential tower for a swanky neighborhood in Lima, LYCS Architecture focused on ensuring that its inhabitants would have views of both a nearby public park and the Pacific Ocean.

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Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna photo from Shutterstock Low levels of radiation from last year's Fukushima Diaichii disaster in Japan have been discovered in bluefin tuna swimming of the California coast. Scientists say

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40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 tons of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan just washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Today workers today launched a massive cleanup on the largest uninhabited island

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WTO Panel Rules Against Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling

WTO Panel Rules Against Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling

On Wednesday the World Trade Organization ruled against the sale of cans of tuna labeled "dolphin safe," arguing that the practice discriminates against Mexican fishermen and that the United States'

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Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Researchers at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have released a study that claims plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased by 100 times the amount of what was found in the

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

As debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan now washes up in North America, much of it is also settling into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Stretching northward from the outermost Hawaiian Islands, this

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Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

The first identifiable pieces of debris to be washed across the Pacific Ocean in the wake of last year's tsunami in Japan, a volleyball and a soccer ball, have reached the Alaskan coast. Discovered on the

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Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Kelp Leaves photo from Shutterstock Ghost ships aren't the only remnants of Japan's March 2011 tsunami that are washing up on the shores of North America. Cal State Long Beach marine biologists

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U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

The Japanese ghost ship that recently appeared off the coast of Canada has recently come under cannon fire from the U.S. Coast Guard. The 164-foot Ryou-un-Maru fishing vessel washed out into the Pacific

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Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

After Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake in March 2011, the Pacific nation was rocked by a massive tsunami that destroyed thousands of coastal houses, cars and boats and swept millions of tons of

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James Cameron Completes Historic Dive Into Deepest Point on the Planet, Mariana Trench

James Cameron Completes Historic Dive Into Deepest Point on the Planet, Mariana Trench

On Monday morning, James Cameron completed his historic journey to the Mariana Trench - the deepest point on the planet. The director of such blockbuster movies as Titanic and Avatar dove almost seven

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Aptos Retreat is a Cozy California Home Wrapped in Reclaimed Barn Wood and Corten Steel

Aptos Retreat is a Cozy California Home Wrapped in Reclaimed Barn Wood and Corten Steel

Set on an enviable 20 acre land parcel, the property consists of two primary buildings. Somewhat similar to the Distort House, which has a split volume, the main house and barn overlap at their roofs to

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Enchanting ‘Eco Truly Park’ is a Self-Sustaining Paradise on Earth

Enchanting ‘Eco Truly Park’ is a Self-Sustaining Paradise on Earth

Located next to the seaside in the Peruvian district of Aucallama, the Eco Truly Park is a group of cute mud houses that offer a return to natural, healthy living inspired by Indian practices. The

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Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced that special diaper-like absorbent materials deployed to block a leaking pipe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have not worked. After

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Architects Envision Hawaii-Sized Island Made of Recycled Plastic

Architects Envision Hawaii-Sized Island Made of Recycled Plastic

There are millions of pounds of plastic swirling out in the ocean and the best way to take care of it would be to collect it all and recycle it. Whim Architecture, from the Netherlands, is proposing to do

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