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World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

While still in his teens, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat conceived of an Ocean Cleanup Array that he believed could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste currently polluting waters around the globe. Now just

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New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

We have all heard or read the evidence that the pills or cleaners you rinse down the drain goes into the water. But that stuff all gets filtered out at the water treatment plant, doesn’t it? Not

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Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Maranon would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

Try to imagine your life without plastic: it's in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every

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Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act,

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by finding other ways to

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide slick after a pipeline crack yesterday caused 21,000 gallons of oil to flow into the areas pristine waters and coated the popular shores of Rufugio

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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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How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

If you've been paying any attention to the drought in California, chances are you've shared—or at the very least encountered—some of the growing rage towards Nestle over their ongoing, unchecked

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

New aerial photos show that some of California's biggest stars appear to be pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Earth’s permafrost is thawing and the climate consequences are concerning. Scientists estimate that 1,330 billion to 1,580 billion tons of organic carbon are stored within the permanently frozen soil of

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San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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Smart Garden Hub from GreenIQ saves time and water resources

Smart Garden Hub from GreenIQ saves time and water resources

Returning to the roots doesn’t necessarily require ditching your devices. Advanced networking technology and artificial intelligence may soon be as indispensable as a rake and a hoe and a piece of

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7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean water that it can

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Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks will stop sourcing its bottled water from California, the company said Friday. Starbucks’ Ethos Water will now be bottled in Pennsylvania in deference to California’s worsening drought and

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Watch Oregon’s Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

Watch Oregon’s Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

Located in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it

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Ocean dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded

Ocean dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded

The dead zones are spreading. No, it’s not a sign of the zombie apocalypse, though the consequences could be just as dire. A recent study by the European Geosciences Union's journal

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica’s ‘bleeding glacier’

Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica’s ‘bleeding glacier’

Antarctica's Taylor Glacier—better known as 'Blood Falls'—is an awe-inspiring, bone-chilling sight as a deep red, five-storey waterfall steadily seeps through cracks in the glacier's facade. The eerie

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Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

87 properties in North Carolina have received letters from the state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources informing them that their well water is no longer safe to drink or cook with, after

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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, car insurance spokesperson, but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview

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INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

Urbanization has fostered greater conveniences, cross-cultural collaborations, and ideas exchange—but what about its costs? The humane wildlife removal service Gotcha Wildlife explores urbanization’s

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