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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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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see something truly incredible as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture could finally add environmental concerns to their list of dietary recommendations. According to the Associated Press, the advisory panel in charge of dietary guidelines

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

The Everglades were fracked and you didn’t even hear about it

Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been used for a while

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound? According to new research by French scientists, dying trees emit noises that indicate their imminent demise before they ever hit

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants to make it snow and

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

The Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting and exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—a large mass of rock and ice that it landed the Philae probe on in November—and its newest discovery might

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New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated communities in

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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Raumlaborberlin’s Grass-Covered Fountain House Reactivates a Lonely Square in Montreal

Raumlaborberlin’s Grass-Covered Fountain House Reactivates a Lonely Square in Montreal

Located at the heart of Montreal on the corner of Sainte Catherine and Clark, the grass-covered Fountain House reactivates a neglected open space in the inner city using a lively spot of color.

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional

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INFOGRAPHIC: The True Environmental Cost of Eating Meat

INFOGRAPHIC: The True Environmental Cost of Eating Meat

Do you know the real cost of a steak? We're not talking about the dollars that people shell out to buy one, but rather the environmental cost of creating it? From the water and grain needed to feed

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

After Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when it strikes—as it

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release too much

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also known as

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww, the 'Go With the Flow'

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Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their

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Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

While there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of java to start your day out and give you that morning jolt of energy, drinking too much coffee throughout the day isn't great for your health. Coffee does

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna

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