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Reclaimed Waste Plastic for 3D Printing

Kim Robson: Plastic was once the greatest, most promising new material invented in the 20th century. Who remembers this exchange from The Graduate? Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: …

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The Flight of the Monarch Butterflies

By Dawna Matthews: Every year, during the fall and winter, monarch butterflies make a miraculous and long journey from Canada and through the United States to Michoacan, Mexico. Monarchs living east of the Rocky Mountains in North America fly south each fall and gather in the Oyamel fir and pine forest …

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Plastic Bags Recycled into Diesel Fuel

By Fredrica Syren: We live in a society where everything is plastic because of our throwaway mentality. For someone like me, who consciously tries to avoid plastic as much as possible, it’s hard and takes a lot of work; and sometimes even then I end up with plastic bags. There …

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The Children’s Pool In La Jolla Problem

By Kim Robson: The Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, California, is a small sandy beach that has been embroiled in controversy over public use vs. wildlife protection for over 20 years. In 1931, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps paid for a curving sea wall to be built to protect the …

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How to Green Your Work Place

By Kim Robson: We all try our best to live our lives as sustainably as possible. We can change our habits at home and in our daily lives, but the office can be a bit more of a challenge. Let’s face it: we have to keep the lights on, and …

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Global Winter Warming?

By Dawna Matthews: Here in the United States, the groundhog has seen his shadow and declared another 6 weeks of winter. As I look out my window, I see fluffy flakes of snow fall onto sparkling white as my daughter tries to catch them on her tongue. We even have …

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New “Climate Hubs” To Help Farmers Adapt to Extremes

By Fredrica Syren: The White House has promised to take executive actions to fight climate change. One example is the announced formation of a “climate hubs.” This initiative aims to help farmers and rural communities adapt to fires, droughts, floods, invasive pests and other effects of climate change, according to …

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Is that Faux Fur Really faux?

By Kim Robson: One of the first issues early animal rights activists championed was the callous slaughter of countless animals to make fur coats and other products. We all remember images of people’s coats sprayed or splashed with “blood” – red paint. As the popularity of genuine fur has declined …

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2013: The Year of Record Breaking Solar Business

By Fredrica Syren: According to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where they analyzed U.S. solar market performance across 28 states and the District of Columbia, 2013 will go down as the record successful year for the U.S. solar industry. Solar is now …

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