Category: Green

Dogs in India Are Turning Bright Blue – And the Reason is Scary

Dogs may naturally come in many colors — but bright blue is not one of them. So why are stray pooches in the Taloja industrial area of Mumbai, India turning up in this shocking hue? According to activists, the animals are being dyed by chemicals leached into the Kasadi river by a nearby factory. Not only do these chemicals dye the dogs‘ fur, but they’re reportedly also highly toxic. And not only do the dogs bathe in the water, but they drink it, too — so they’re ingesting the same chemical that turns their coat bright blue. According to...

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Earth Overshoot Day: The Most Important Day You’ve Never Heard of

According to Global Footprint Network, “Every year people demand more from nature than it can regenerate.” In 1969, the group started calculating the annual Earth Overshoot Day — the day when we’ve used as many natural resources that the Earth can provide for us that year. Unfortunately, the date is earlier and earlier each year This year’s Earth Overshoot Day was August 2. That’s eight months into 2017, or two-thirds into the year. To commemorate this year’s Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network is launching a new Footprint calculator that works on smartphones. You can calculate the amount of natural...

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Eco Win: Vanuatu Bans Single-Use Plastic Bottles and Bags

The South Pacific nation of Vanuatu is making a bold push to permanently ban single-use plastic bags and bottles.  Joining other Pacific Island countries such as the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the Marshall Islands, the ban will cease the import of all single-use plastics to the small island nation. Single-use plastics, which often cannot be reused or recycled, represent a much larger problem than littering. After plastics enter a marine environment, their weak structure causes them to photodegrade into tiny pieces that animals mistake for food – a mistake that can cause serious long-term health complications or death...

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Dutch Artist Vacuums Smog From The Air To Create Jewelry

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde combines art and science to develop energy saving inventions as well as air purifying devices. He specializes in merging technology with art. His team of designers and engineers assist him in creating interactive designs that integrate the relationship between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde is a visionary, designer, and architect on a mission to use natural elements to develop “creations that propel us into the future.” Whenever he discovers an interesting natural phenomenon he ponders how he can utilize it to save energy. Roosegaarde believes in “choonheid” which translates to beauty. Roosegaarde sees...

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Wooly Mammoth Ivory is On the Rise – And It’s Hurting Elephants

Around 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks by poachers each year. A record 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between the years of 2010 and 2012 alone.  As international and domestic regulatory measures take aim at the illegal sale of ivory, the now-extinct woolly mammoth poses a new threat to the elephant’s plight. As climate change melts the Siberian permafrost, newly exposed mammoth tusks are collected and sold legally as a humane alternative. But the ivory industry is using this to mask the illegal sale of elephant ivory. Bearing close resemblance to mammoth ivory, elephant ivory is...

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Keystone XL Protesters Build Solar Panels Right in Pipeline’s Path

By November, the fate of the final phase of the Keystone XL Pipeline will be decided. In a stroke of defiant genius — an effort to thwart construction and a symbol of the renewable energy they want to create — activists and landowners are building solar panels directly on the path of the proposed pipeline. The Solar XL project, a coalition of Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, CREDO, Oil Change International and others, has raised over $40,000 for its campaign to build clean energy. Nebraskan farmer Jim Carlson was among the first to install solar panels on his...

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How a Plant-based Diet Fights Climate Change

It’s no secret – eating meat isn’t exactly good for the environment. Yet many people are still unaware of the effect their diets have on society and the world in general. The documentary Cowspiracy attempted to shed some light on the destructive nature of the meat industry, but we still have a long way to go before people truly realize the connection between meat and climate change. Conversely, a plant-based diet can go a long way to fighting climate change. How exactly? Here are four big reasons you might want to think about switching to a plant-based diet if...

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Carbon Footprint Calculator Reveals How Sustainable Your Lifestyle Is

The film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power premiered in cinemas this week. It’s been a decade since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth first shocked us and alerted us to the alarming and escalating global warming epidemic. Many of us are making an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Who knew that factory farms’ emissions were contributing so much to global warming (or how terribly farm animals are treated)? We had no idea that the oceans were filling up with plastics. Lots of scary realities have come to our attention, and we need to tackle these dangerous issues. We’re recycling....

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