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Water crisis worst blunder of 2010: union

The government’s handling of the national water crisis was its most serious blunder in 2010, trade union Solidarity said. “In a country afflicted by a scarcity of water, a fast-growing population and aging infrastructure, our water predicament has now become a ticking time bomb,” union spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt said, listing the government’s top 10 blunders […]

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Students Create Dirt Cheap Solar Solution for Disinfecting Water

Disinfecting water with the sun is an old idea. But students at University of Washington have come up with a clever way of checking whether or not the water being disinfected is finally ready to drink. Using simple parts, their cheap set-up is a solution for safe drinking water in poor areas, and it won […]

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Energy Start-Up Wants to Harvest Your Body Heat

So we’ve all heard lots about the benefits of solar energy, but there’s another energy source you may have never considered harvesting: body heat. Yes, that’s right—your body could be expending usable energy right now as we speak.

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Coffee and the environment (and what you can do)

Love drinking coffee but concerned about the environment? Coffee has earned a reputation as a crop which is not particularly eco-friendly. Concerns about soil degradation, deforestation, pesticide use, and water quality have become commonplace. Yet westerners continue to drink one cup of coffee for every two cups of water consumed– and that’s a lot of […]

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Green Hotels and Reclaimed Materials

Time and time again we hear hotel project managers and developers embarking on “greening” projects comment, “If only I thought of reclaimed materials before…” Although the project might have already been completed, it might not be too late to help you save time, money and help with your sustainable hotel initiatives. Who knows, you might […]

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Humans Now Consuming 25% of All Plant Life Growing Each Year

Plenty of research on both both personal and national ecological footprints has shown that we are using Earth’s resources at unsustainable rates, that we are using them up faster than they can be regenerated. Now, some new work from NASA digs a bit deeper, examining how plant consumption is increasing as both population and consumerism […]

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Does peak oil even matter?

It is easy to become befuddled by the current discourse on peak oil. Peak oil is defined generally as the point at which the flow rate of oil to society has reached a maximum. But this simple definition has issues too, such as what should be considered “oil.” Take, for example, the following sentences from […]

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Japanese salmon species thought to be extinct for 70 years is alive and well

Black Kokanee, ‘Kunimasu’: Salmon Species Thought Extinct For 70 Years Found In Lake Saiko, Japan TOKYO — A Japanese salmon species thought to be extinct for 70 years is alive and well in a lake near Mount Fuji, a science professor said Wednesday.

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U.S. Army Testing Solar Powered Tents

The U.S. Army is turning to renewable energy to reduce the large amounts of fuel and generators it moves to camps around the world. The Army is testing several solar powered shades and tent-like technologies that are designed to charge batteries, computers and other electric gear without the need for fossil-fuel powered generators.

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