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Why You Should Care about Balloon Releases

A proposed ban on balloon releases was recently struck down in Virginia. This might seem like no big deal, but the environmental impacts of balloon releases might surprise you. I remember doing an …

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11 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

The toilet is a part of our daily lives, and thank goodness: the winter gets very cold where I live in Colorado and I'm not too keen on the idea of heading outside to do my business in an outhouse in …

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Why ‘Clean Coal’ is an Oxymoron

Clean coal? Really? That's like saying healthy cigarettes. Or hot ice. Or soothing poke-in-the-eye. What do you think of when you hear the term "clean coal?" Possibly, it's cleaner than it was. …

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Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On

A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First Nations) diets in Alberta, Canada.  The stud…

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Water Pollution from Fracking Confirmed in 4 States

Fracking was a very hot topics this past year, and it is likely to continue to be one into 2014. Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, who tweets frequently about the dangers of fracking, are giving those ag…

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Factory Pig Farm Threatens Environmental Treasure

Imagine the most beautiful place in your state. It's so nice! Now, imagine six thousand hogs pooping all over that place. Not so nice, right? That, in an extremely oversimplified way, is what th…

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7 Steps to Be a Recovering Water Hog

We had a fun show this week. Thanks for some kind of satanic tech vortex we were unable to record the show and get the podcast out (but we do have some good notes, including a fun and easy DIY gift id…

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Bringing Sanitation to Nairobi’s Slums

In slums around the world, the lack of proper sewerage and lavatory facilities means that human waste is often left on the street to contaminate local water supplies. A simple biodegradable bag - deve…

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Lake Titicaca Threatened by Pollution

It's the highest navigable lake in the world and the longest in South America. But it's also one of the most polluted. Lake Titicaca, on the border between Bolivia and Peru, is fighting for its surviv…

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Water Filter Saves Lives, Trees in Cambodia

A simple water filter made from rice husk is helping the poor of rural Cambodia improve their health prospects and stem the deforestation that is destroying the nation's jungles. This week iDE-Hydrolo…

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