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Eco-Friendly Universities Are Leading the Way to Sustainability in the U.S.

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Educating young people in how to go green is a great step in the right direction toward an eco-friendly future. We can tell students to read on a website that renewable energy and eating organically are good for the environment.

France Bans Genetically Modified Corn

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France has temporarily banned the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, ominously called MON810. Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire in a press release last week, the country has “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.”. All plantings of MON810, which goes by the brand name YieldGard, will become illegal on March 20, 2012.

NASA Cameras Capture Awesome Video of Pennsylvania Meteor Crash

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In the early hours of Tuesday the 17th of February, NASA cameras captured something rare and incredible on their All-sky Fireball Network, which is made up of 15 black and white cameras set up across the United States. This meteor was seen by three of them.

NASA Cameras Capture Awesome Video of Pennsylvania Meteor Crash

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In the early hours of Tuesday the 17th of February, NASA cameras captured something rare and incredible on their All-sky Fireball Network, which is made up of 15 black and white cameras set up across the United States. This meteor was seen by three of them.

H&M Launching Eco-Friendly Conscious Clothing Collection

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H&M recently announced their H&M Conscious Collection, which will launch on April 14th in all H&M stores. The line will include clean, white looks for women, men and children. From their press release: “Sustainability is always in fashion at H&M. This April H&M, as part of its focus on sustainability, will introduce Conscious Collection, an ongoing range for women, men and kids, made from environmentally-adapted and greener materials such as organic cotton.

Video: Flying Elephant PSA

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We had no choice but to post this video of an elephant landing like a dumbo jumbo jet.

Vote For The New Seven Wonders of Nature

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The campaign to name the New Seven Wonders of the World has going on for awhile, and has now been trimmed down to a list of finalists from a large initial group, which you can see here. The finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature are an impressive group containing such places as the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Maldives, to name a few.

Banned Four Loko Drink Turned Into Ethanol Fuel

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Every can of the now banned Four Loko makes about 2.8 ounces of ethanol alcohol. That means that every four cases could produce a little more than a gallon of ethanol alcohol. Wholesalers across the East Coast are currently shipping their unsold inventories of Four Loko to MXI Environmental Services, a Virgina-based waste disposal and recycling company. MXI is one of three such facilities in the U.S. that recycles ethanol, which is what they intend to do with the banned beverages.

Birds and Fish Dying a Coincidence Experts Say

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If the massive bird and fish deaths have been freaking you out – here’s a bit of comforting news – experts are saying that although what has been happening lately is definitely obscure, it’s certainly not the sign of the apocalypse. Approximately 500 dead birds were discovered in Louisiana this week and on New Year’s Eve, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas.

How Your Hybrid Can Save You Money on Auto Insurance

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It’s no secret that sales of hybrid cars have been on the increase. In the U.S., the percentage of hybrids to traditionally fueled vehicles has nearly doubled in four years, increasing from 2.8% of all vehicles in 2008 to 5.3% in 2012.

How Sustainable Were the London 2012 Summer Olympics?

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London and the United Kingdom put a great deal of effort in making the 2012 Summer Olympics as sustainable as humanly possible. The latest installment of the Olympics are already being called the most sustainable in history, and that title is exactly what the city of London was hoping to achieve.

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Video of Asteroid 2005 YU55

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This is a six-frame movie of the 2005 YU55 asteroid that passed by Earth closer than the distance of the moon on November 8, 2011. The movie data is from radar data that was obtained on November 7, 2011 with NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar. The asteroid was appox.

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Canada Refuses to Renew Kyoto Agreement

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Kyoto Agreement is a movement by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC) whereby, countries that enter into the agreement bound themselves to reduce their emission of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and sulphur hexafluoride. Such gases are called greenhouse gases that largely cause global warming. The aim of Kyoto Agreement is basically developing a sustainable development by the convergence of concerns over the economy, society and the environment.

Monsanto Declared Worst Company of the Year

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Another proud moment for Monsanto; the company has been given the Worst Company of 2011 Award for its numerous crimes against protecting human health and the environment. The award was given by NaturalSociety after thousands of readers voted Monsanto the worst company of 2011.

2011 is 10th Hottest Year on Record

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Today the World Meteorological Organization released a report that shows 2011 to be the 10th hottest year ever recorded, and they say that human-caused global warming is the reason. “Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities,” said WMO Deputy Secretary-General Jerry Lengoasa. The report says that the warmest 13 years of average global temperatures have all occurred in the last 15 years.

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities

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Copenhagenize Consulting, a company based in Denmark have just released a list of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Using a massive and thorough criteria list, the firm has examined each city based on the following factors: Advocacy. Bicycle Culture. Bicycle Facilities. Bicycle Infrastructure. Bike Share Programme. Gender Split. Modal Share For Bicycles. Perception of Safety. Politics. Social Acceptance. Urban Planning. Traffic Calming. So here’s the list – in order.

Arctic Sea Ice Hits 2nd-Lowest Level

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In September of this year, the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record. Satellite data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center showed that the summertime sea ice cover came very close to a new record low. Joe Comiso, senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said the continued low minimum sea ice levels fits into the large-scale decline pattern has been occurring over the past thirty years.

Chevron Fined $8 Billion for Amazon Destruction

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Amazon Watch recently announced a major victory for the Amazon rainforest, when an Ecuadorean judge found oil giant Chevron guilty of one of the largest environmental crimes of all time, and ordered the company to pay $8 billion to clean up its damage in the Amazon. Chevron immediately issued a statement condemning the judgement as “ilegitimate and unenforceable” and announced plans to appeal.

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Residential Home Geothermal Systems

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A home geothermal system works much more efficiently then ordinary heating and air conditioning units by using the earth’s energy to heat and cool your home. Geothermal systems emits no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other harmful greenhouse gases. These are very different from conventional air conditioners and heat pumps, as geothermal units are installed indoors, so they are not subject to wear and tear caused by the elements.

6.8 Earthquake Off Coast Of Chile

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A magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit central Chile Friday, centered around the same where last year’s magnitude-8.8 quake spawned a tsunami and destroyed several coastal villages. This time, there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. In the following hours, a dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitude-3.9 to magnitude-6.3

Tucson Eatery to Serve Lion Meat

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If you find yourself hungry in Tucson, you might not want to stop by an eatery called Boca Tacos y Tequila , unless you feel like lion. Yes, lion. Starting Feb. 16, Boca will be offering their latest delicacy: African lion tacos. Owner Bryan Mazon started “exotic taco night” which includes alligator, elk, kangaroo, python, rattlesnake, and turtle and is adding lion to the menu to get some publicity, which is apparently working. Hey, we’re writing about it, right? “I’m

Ted Williams Not Arrested But Detained After Fight

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Things aren’t looking so rosy for Ted Williams , the dude who went from homeless obscurity to megastar overnight. Williams, dubbed “The Man with the Golden Voice” became a YouTube sensation after a news station filmed him talking on camera, revealing his amazing radio voice. The guy who has been two years sober is now dealing with being reunited with his mother as well as his nine children he hasn’t seen in years.

IKEA No Longer Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs In U.S.

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Swedish furniture giant IKEA will no longer be selling incandescent light bulbs in its American stores, and is now instead offering longer-lasting and energy-efficient bulbs. Ikea began phasing out the sale of the light bulbs in August. IKEA’s action comes ahead of federal legislation that would mandate more efficient light bulbs starting in 2012. The plan also applies to IKEA stores in Canada, with stores in France and Australia started the phase-out the incandescent bulbs last year.

Hosting an Eco-Friendly Super Bowl Party

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Well, 2011 is here. The biggest party of the year is now behind us and another 360 days away, but with the welcoming of a new year I always get excited because it means Super Bowl Sunday is just around the bend. I generally always have a great time at Super Bowl parties but I can’t help but cringe when I’m at a friend of a friend’s place watching the game surrounded by plastic cups, paper plates and fruits and vegetables shipped in from all over the world.

Did Fireworks Cause Birds to Fall From the Sky?

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Something eerily apocalyptic went down in Arkansas just before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. Five thousand birds fell from the sky. Yes, cue Twilight Zone music. The next morning in Beebe, Arkansas, people found the corpses of birds all over the roadways and in front yards.

BREAKING NEWS: California Oil Spill update

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The US Coast Guard said that as of 12am PDT the recent oil spill off of the coast of California (18 miles west of Santa Barbara) that resulted from a pipeline failure in to a storm drain, had reached approximately 20,000 gallons of crude oil and covered nearly 9 miles of ocean.

X-37B Spacecraft Reusable and Exciting, but Sustainable?

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Space, the final (and most expensive) frontier is coming closer every year. From Elon Musk’s SpaceX company that promises individuals the ability to go to space to small unmanned and reusable rockets like the X-37B, space is closer than ever.

Sweden is Burning Trash – What This Means for America

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Viewed superficially, the idea that an entire country is burning its trash comes as something of a surprise. That the country is Sweden, and that the practice is not only considered environmentally friendly but that it also generates a significant amount of energy, is an even greater shock.

SolaRoad results are much better than expected

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The first power producing road in history, dubbed ‘SolaRoad’ developed by TNO in Noord, Holland, has produced more power than expected.

SolaRoad results are much better than expected

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The first power producing road in history, dubbed ‘SolaRoad’ developed by TNO in Noord, Holland, has produced more power than expected.

Toms Shoes and Corporate Responsibility

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There is simply no denying that businesses are driven by the demands of the consumer, with the responses to those demands most frequently being dictated by the executives who occupy C-Suite positions.

Toms Shoes and Corporate Responsibility

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There is simply no denying that businesses are driven by the demands of the consumer, with the responses to those demands most frequently being dictated by the executives who occupy C-Suite positions.

Warning: Carbon Dioxide levels have hit a new record high, over 400 PPM

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For the first time in 2 million years we have hit a new milestone according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We have surpassed 400 parts per million CO2 concentration in our atmosphere.

Warning: Carbon Dioxide levels have hit a new record high, over 400 PPM

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For the first time in 2 million years we have hit a new milestone according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We have surpassed 400 parts per million CO2 concentration in our atmosphere.

Sweden is Burning Trash – What This Means for America

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Viewed superficially, the idea that an entire country is burning its trash comes as something of a surprise. That the country is Sweden, and that the practice is not only considered environmentally friendly but that it also generates a significant amount of energy, is an even greater shock. In adopting this practice, however, Sweden has solved a number of issues relating to waste management and its reliance on fossil fuels.

Tesla’s new batteries and sustainable home solar

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Last week, Tesla’s founder (Elon Musk) stated that his company was moving in to the home solar business. This was a move predicted by many due to the construction of a gigantic new battery factory just out outside of Reno Nevada. This is another sign of great things to come for home solar. Improved home battery storage coupled with ever improving solar technology is exactly what is needed to go fully off-grid and not rely on fossil fuels to power every day life’s power necessities.

Tesla’s new batteries and sustainable home solar

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Last week, Tesla’s founder (Elon Musk) stated that his company was moving in to the home solar business. This was a move predicted by many due to the construction of a gigantic new battery factory just out outside of Reno Nevada. This is another sign of great things to come for home solar. Improved home battery storage coupled with ever improving solar technology is exactly what is needed to go fully off-grid and not rely on fossil fuels to power every day life’s power necessities.

Infographic Breaking Down the Costs of Globally Going Green

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I typically don’t post infographics but found this one from Quick Quid to be very interesting and quite throughly researched.

Japan Commits $470M for “Ice Wall” to Stop Fukushima Leaks

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Government officials announced yesterday that the equivalent of $473 million has been allocated to construct a subterranean “ice wall” around the Fukushima nuclear reactors, using pipes filled with -40 Celsius coolant, to prevent contaminated water from coming into contact with groundwater.

Japan Commits $470M for “Ice Wall” to Stop Fukushima Leaks

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Government officials announced yesterday that the equivalent of $473 million has been allocated to construct a subterranean “ice wall” around the Fukushima nuclear reactors, using pipes filled with -40 Celsius coolant, to prevent contaminated water from coming into contact with groundwater.