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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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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in

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The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

Americans are nuts about . . . well, nuts – and the country’s recent obsession with almonds is a tough environmental nut to crack. On one hand, the nut demand is likely the result of a national shift

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Brilliant Teenager Invents Device That Produces Clean Energy AND Fresh Water!

Brilliant Teenager Invents Device That Produces Clean Energy AND Fresh Water!

Google has announced the finalists of this year's Google Science Fair and the line-up is impressive. But among the 15 inventions designed to make the world a better place, Cynthia Sin Nga Lam's submission

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6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Water has been prevailing theme over the past few years, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the

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Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

In 2013, PITCHAfrica's Waterbank School in Kenya was named the "Greenest School on Earth." Now another of their projects has just officially opened at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the chemicals. Herzog &

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst

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System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered "corona discharge" ozone generator that converts oxygen

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Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building Opens in Tel Aviv [PHOTOS]

Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building Opens in Tel Aviv [PHOTOS]

The building's sustainable features include solar PV panels, wastewater recycling, a green roof and an "EcoWall" with solar tubes that will provide heat during the winter while during the summer the same

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it's like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to

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Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

As Californians stare down the maw of the worst drought they've seen in more than a century, Nestlé is quietly extracting undisclosed amounts of H2O in the state for their bottled water operations.

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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein brings a cool oasis to Rotterdam locals amidst an otherwise dense urban environment. The square is centered around a multi-use sports field, which can be used for soccer,

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a lot more bird

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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, "Testing the Waters 2014," which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the

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VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

http://vimeo.com/58461689 Studio Swine's brilliant Sea Chair is made of plastic waste collected from the world's oceans - and RSA Films director Juriaan Booij recently made a beautiful film that

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on

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VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

By now you've probably heard about the issue of ocean plastic pollution - but do you know just how pervasive the problem is? Every year we produce 300 million tons of plastic - and there's currently 7.25

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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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