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10 Things to Know about Power Plant Water Use, 10 Reasons to Care

Some things get better with age. Not power plants. The nation’s older power plants that still rely on antiquated and damaging once-through cooling systems have a huge thirst for water. These plants are capable of withdrawing approximately 100 trillion gallons each year directly from rivers, lakes, estuaries and oceans; profiting from a free public resource. […]

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Water and Mow Less with Eco-Friendly Lawn Grass

Keeping a lawn lush and green requires a lot of “anti-green” practices. Spreading fertilizer and pesticides filled with chemicals, running sprinklers that waste water and cutting grass with a mower that pollutes the air are routine for most homeowners. It’s estimated every weekend, 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of fuel […]

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19 Interesting & Sustainable Uses For Bamboo

Humanity’s relationship with bamboo is extensive, stretching across a myriad of cultures and spanning thousands of years. Its uses have evolved over time, and even in the 21st century this grass—considered a symbol of fertility in Chinese culture and a symbol of friendship in India—has been utilized in a multitude of ways that might seem […]

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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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NASA: Final Space Mission to Recycle Urine Into Water

NASA’s final space shuttle mission, which launched on 8 July, will carry out a most unusual recycling experiment: Can you recycle urine into drinkable water with no power source in space? For several years, astronauts at the International Space Station have been drinking from a machine that converts urine into water, but the machine consumes […]

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Ranchers using Agent Orange to deforest the Amazon

180 hectares (450 acres) of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon were defoliated using a potent mix of herbicides dropped by airplane, reports IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental law enforcement agency. The affected area, which is south of the city of Canutama and near the Mapinguari Jacareúba / Katawixi indigenous reservation in Rondônia, was first detected by Brazil’s […]

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Fracking: A Clear and Present Danger

I don’t like to exaggerate the impacts of the many environmental issues we face. But  it’s impossible to overstate how dangerous fracking is. Fracking stands for “hydraulic fracturing,” a highly polluting process for tapping underground pools of natural gas. It involves drilling a hole a mile deep, thousands of feet long, then pumping down millions […]

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Magaliesburg residents lodge appeal against African Nickel

Magaliesburg residents have lodged an appeal with the mineral resources department (DMR) to prevent African Nickel (AN) from prospecting in the Golden Valley area. AN began prospecting in April – much to the dismay of environmentalists and residents.  Golden Valley is in close proximity to the Cradle of Humankind.  It also supports various farming activities, […]

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What about a bamboo water bottle?

After the big BPA scare of aught nine I decided to switch from using my Nalgene bottle, just to be on the safe side. Normally I’m not one to throw away perfectly good water bottles willy-nilly just because I heard that something might possibly be not the healthiest. At least, not without reading the research […]

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