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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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Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

  Before the Flood, speakers included impacted front line residents like youth activist Ta'Kaiya Blaney who explained that recently in her community oil sludge trailing ponds spilled into two

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New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to new research.

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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ABC’s Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients’ Gums

ABC’s Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients’ Gums

ABC7 Chicago reports that Dentists and dental hygienists have begun speaking out against plastic microbeads in toothpastes after many have noticed the tiny blue beads lodged in patients' gums or between

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Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from the atmosphere.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it's startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one

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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

While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah's Ark story recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a

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