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Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Photo via Shutterstock Louisiana has seen its fair share of flooding and hurricane damage due to the loss of its wetlands, and now the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is suing 97

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

If the concept of bottled water strikes you as an environmental disaster, hold onto your reusable canteen - a company called Koa just launched the "world's first organic bottled water." Yes, you read that

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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere,

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Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

A picturesque lagoon in Buxton, England has been dyed black in an attempt to discourage swimmers who might be drawn in by its beauty, only to expose themselves to the dangerous chemicals, "car wrecks,

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Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

In Cold Lake, Alberta an environmental disaster is unfolding. The Primrose bitumen emulsion site has been seeping tar over 30 acres of swampy forest for the past nine weeks. Already, the viscous substance

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Gentlemen, now there is no excuse to leave the bathroom without washing your hands. Doing the right thing for the environment and fellow human beings is a lot easier with the Stand, a combination urinal

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Residents in Los Angeles are getting paid some green to go green by getting rid of their green (lawns, that is). The city's Department of Water and Power is paying homeowners to tear up their

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Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

It's clear that global warming is going to require some serious adaptation. While some life on this planet digs in its heels, other lifeforms-- like trees -- are already adapting to climate change. A

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the

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Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Image via Shutterstock All over the world, wells are drying up and water tables are dropping low. Altogether, 18 countries around the world are over-pumping their underground water resources to the

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The Cloud Harvester Catches and Stores Fresh Water from Fog

The Cloud Harvester Catches and Stores Fresh Water from Fog

The Cloud Harvester is an ingenious device that is designed to catch and condense fog into water droplets which, in turn, run down a stainless steel mesh into a water storage container. The device

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can infect

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Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

An amazing floating pool is being planned for NYC's East River, but it needs your help. Called the + Pool because of its plus-shaped design, the waterbody already has the backing of many New York

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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

Upon arriving, it's difficult to believe that you're still in Buenos Aires. But it takes just 1 hour by train, 45 minutes by boat, and a short 5 minute walk through a green tunnel, you'll find yourself

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL Pipeline has been firmly established as North America's biggest environmental battleground, but another major battle is forming in Bristol Bay, Alaska over the

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the

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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Designed by Danish firm Nordarch, Rabalder Park combines its drainage function with recreation, offering the city inhabitants lots of hang-out, grill and dancing areas, fitness and parkour equipment and a

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Underwater Hotel Gets Green Light to be Constructed in the Maldives

Underwater Hotel Gets Green Light to be Constructed in the Maldives

The $50 million project will be built by a Dubai development company nestled within the coral reefs on the picturesque island of Kuredhivaru. Jutting out from the water, the Water Discus Hotel will be

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Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Living along a major river means you are at the mercy of the actions of those living upstream. On May 31, a landslide ruptured the Trans-Ecuador pipeline operated by Petroecuador, sending 420,000 gallons

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just reversed its statement that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of

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Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

June, 2008 sandbag effort. Hundreds of people living in St. Charles County near St. Louis, Missouri were evacuated from their homes after a levee breach Monday night. The Mississippi River at St. Louis

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

A new study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE warns that many native Californian fish - including salmon - are on track to extinction due to climate change. The study found that 82 percent of

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Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

The two million-square-meter Onyx Island will comprise five temporary floating hotels and three permanent ones, an open air theater pavilion and a total of 234 villas. HOK and ABS Architects were

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Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

This gorgeous swimming pool isn't a typical chlorine-filled watering hole--it's actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water. (Don't worry, you're not swimming among the

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