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California Pot Growers are Decimating the Local Environment Warn Scientists

California Pot Growers are Decimating the Local Environment Warn Scientists

The California pot business is booming, which is great news for marijuana advocates. The bad news is that the boom, like other booms in the past, is decimating the California environment. Pot growers have

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Human beings produce and toss so much plastic out into the ocean that we have created the Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Gyres swirl this floating rubbish heap

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Earlier this year, deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered

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Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

You may remember Morin's last installation, WasteLandscape, where she used used 65,000 reclaimed CD's to create artificial dunes in a warehouse in Paris. Her new installation uses 5,000 reclaimed test

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Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

This portable water filter from Aquaovo is a fantastic alternative to buying bottled water. The Canada-based team has launched a new campaign to get their new Alter Ego filter system off the ground, and

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Soma Unveils World’s First Completely Compostable Water Filter

Soma Unveils World’s First Completely Compostable Water Filter

Water filtration company Soma recently unveiled the world’s first entirely compostable water filter. Soma replaced conventional plastic casing filters with a food-based PLA composite that incorporates

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New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris

New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris

Rendering from Axel Schoenert Architecture Ennesys, a Paris-based energy systems company and OriginOil, an American algae harvesting company just unveiled their new urban algae demonstration project in

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Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

With bottled water and potable tap water both so readily available in developed countries, it's easy to take clean drinking water for granted. But when natural disasters strike, one of the first things to

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US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

In the wake of the most recent $4.5 billion settlement and criminal charges, BP has now been suspended from all new government contracts within the United States. Citing a “lack of business

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Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Plastic pollution on Bicaz Lake in Romania for illustrative purposes only, Shutterstock Swirling plastic pools as large as countries have long collected in our oceans, but now researchers have found

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Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

A recent study has uncovered the first evidence that chemical changes in the world's oceans due to an influx of CO2 is causing the shells of some sea animals to dissolve. The study was conducted by the

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Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very significant if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped resource could benefit everyone from athletes on the go to

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BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Damages for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Damages for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Two years after the horrific Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the verdict is in for oil giant BP. The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties and it

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Rising Sea Levels Could Cause Two Times More Groundwater Flooding in Coastal Areas Than Previously Predicted

Rising Sea Levels Could Cause Two Times More Groundwater Flooding in Coastal Areas Than Previously Predicted

We’ve all heard about the threat that rising seawater levels pose to coastal communities as a result of climate change. But what many never considered was the impact this flooding would have on the

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It’s Snowing in NY: Nor’easter Storm Hits New York and New Jersey

It’s Snowing in NY: Nor’easter Storm Hits New York and New Jersey

A little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy hit us with everything she had, another storm is once again prompting evacuation orders for the Rockaways and other at-risk areas in New York and New

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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

Professor Stephen Salter of the University of Edinburgh believes that a device made from discarded car tires could prevent the formation of superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy. He calls his invention the

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How to Survive Hurricane Sandy in NYC

How to Survive Hurricane Sandy in NYC

Hurricane Sandy is barreling up the East Coast towards New York, and those in the path of the storm should brace for the worst. If you live in NYC you probably know that you need to stock up on food and

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“Half” is a Toilet Flush Design That Hints at the Good Side of Saving Water

“Half” is a Toilet Flush Design That Hints at the Good Side of Saving Water

“Half” is an observation of how suggestive design can more intentionally encourage the use of the water-saving “half flush” function on a dual-flush toilet. The white half is

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Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Photo via Shutterstock The Guardian is reporting that a July dump of 100 tonnes of iron sulphate in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, by California businessman Russ George

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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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Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water's new headquarters has achieved a 5 Star NABERS rating (NABERS is Australia's green building rating system). And it is expected to receive a 6 Star NABERS rating following a period of

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The Victorian Station Project Proposes a Green Park Renovation of an Aged London Train Station

The Victorian Station Project Proposes a Green Park Renovation of an Aged London Train Station

Nelly Fuentes and Ian M. Ellis proposed a lush green renovation of London's antiquated Victoria Station for London's recent Green Infrastructure Ideas Competition. Hosted by the Garden Museum, the

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Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Last week, Chicago officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on “the greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue in the city’s Pilsen

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EcoCool is a Water Filter that Waters Houseplants with Treated Greywater

EcoCool is a Water Filter that Waters Houseplants with Treated Greywater

EcoCool is a system designed by Ardavan Mirhosseini to filter and reuse the greywater produced in showers and sinks (but not toilets). The water passes through two separate filters and can also be used

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Singapore’s Bishan Park Wins Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival

Singapore’s Bishan Park Wins Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival

Bishan Park is part of Singapore's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Program, a long-term initiative to transform the city-state's bodies of water into more inviting public parks. Prior to

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Invader Tags Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Reef Sculptures With 8-Bit Mosaic Graffiti

Invader Tags Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Reef Sculptures With 8-Bit Mosaic Graffiti

Invader is a French artist  known for installing Space Invader video game icons made from tiles on streets all over the world. The quirky Atari-inspired pieces have popped up on six out of seven

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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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Report Finds That the Great Barrier Reef Has Lost 50% of its Coral Over the Past 27 Years

Report Finds That the Great Barrier Reef Has Lost 50% of its Coral Over the Past 27 Years

An alarming new study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) shows that the Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral cover over the past 27 years. The scientific group have attributed

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