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The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China’s pollution problem

The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China’s pollution problem

| March 27, 2014

People often misuse the concept of situational irony. (We’re looking at you, Alanis Morissette.) Here’s a situation that is genuinely, authentically ironic: part of the manufacturing process for eco-friendly cars is creating a big environmental problem. This is what’s happening: batteries designed for electric vehicles are (obviously) different from batteries designed for traditional, gas-powered vehicles. […]

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Could tree houses provide a solution to urban sprawl?

Could tree houses provide a solution to urban sprawl?

| February 20, 2014

What if ultra-modern tree houses were a way to mitigate the environmental impact of urban sprawl? Many of us grew up dreaming of spending time in a tree house — or actually whiling away hours in one if you were lucky enough. But we typically think of tree houses as simply child’s play. A Denmark-based […]

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The 10 most polluted places on earth

The 10 most polluted places on earth

| December 17, 2013

Shanghai earned some unwanted media coverage recently when photos of the smog-ridden air went viral on the Internet. People were stunned by images of the alarmingly opaque air, and rightfully so. So would you believe that Shanghai doesn’t even crack the top ten on a list of the most polluted places in the world? The […]

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What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

| December 2, 2013

Water recycling is a trendy topic these days. However, things get a little sensitive in oil and gas country, where the practice of fracking entangles with profit margins and drought conditions, making for heated debates. This debate takes us to Texas, where drought conditions are rife. Still, the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is […]

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