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Trees: Good for the Planet, Good for Your Health

First-of-its-kind study quantifies urban trees’ benefits to public health

Trees planted in metropolitan areas can feel like little more than ornamentation, an artsy effort to enliven the urban jungles of concrete and asphalt. But it turns out that city trees have real, quantifiable health benefits that exceed expectations. According to a…
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by: Hanna Morris – August 14, 2014

Environmental Advocacy 3.0

Today’s up-and-coming green advocates are redefining what environmentalism means to them

The initial years following college graduation are daunting, a time when the fuzzy, warm mirage of an imagined future morphs into a harsh, though still unclear, present reality. For some new graduates, trading skinny jeans and picket signs for a sleek pantsuit…
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by: Hanna Morris – August 11, 2014

California Schools Struggle to Take Advantage of Clean Energy Funding Windfall

Proposition 39 remains more of a promise than a proven success

Rows of smartly-placed solar panels, a green bounty of veggies and herbs planted next to sleek buildings wired with highly efficient lighting systems — to an unknowing visitor of the San Mateo County Community College district, California Clean Energy Jobs Act (aka…
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by: Hanna Morris – August 5, 2014

From Personalized Climate to Trash Trackers, Researchers Explore Radical Redesign of Cities

MIT's Senseable Cities Lab advocates using social media to build “open source,” sustainable urban spaces

Imagine a room “smart” enough to know just how hot or cold you’re feeling throughout the day. Better yet, imagine that this room is capable of regulating the bubble of air around you to the perfect temperature for maximum comfort. No more…
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by: Hanna Morris – July 10, 2014

Planning a Day at the Beach? Check the Water Quality First

Ten percent of America’s beach waters fail to meet EPA’s new safety standards, says NRDC report

Towel, check! Sunscreen, check! Flip flops, check! Water quality testing kit, check? According to a report released today, summer getaways to the sandy shoreline may be more damaging to personal health than good. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s 24th annual beach report,…
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by: Hanna Morris – June 25, 2014

National Aquarium Considering Ending Its Captive Dolphin Exhibit

Move could be an industry game-changer

In hindsight, “good” ideas often fail to meet expectations. A 1980s-style perm, the 2013 Baz Luhrmann production of The Great Gatsby and, though still under intense debate, the exhibition of captive dolphins. In May, John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium in…
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by: Hanna Morris – June 19, 2014

New Technologies Key for Biodiversity Protection

Online databases, smartphone apps and crowd-sourcing are making it easier to collect data on at-risk species, says study

Picture a schoolyard in spring. Toddlers are at play on iPhones, elementary school children skillfully jostle through the realm of Angry Birds, teenagers master coding homework on their laptops. To the keen (and not so keen) observer, the fight against new technology…
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by: Hanna Morris – May 29, 2014

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