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Meet the dog that's allergic to people

When Adam, a Black Labrador, arrived at the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue in Indianapolis, his skin was cracked and hair was falling out.

Scientists use drones to monitor killer whales

Drones have been used in a variety of ways to observe and protect wildlife, from looking out for poachers in Africa to capturing video of giant dolphin pods on the move.

Artist to collect Beijing's smog & transform it into unique rings


In an effort to free itself of its unfortunate reputation for polluted skies, Beijing officials recently launched a program to get rid of its smog by 2017.

10 winter camping tips for every camper


Winter camping is a great way to get outside during the cold months, provided you plan ahead in detail.

Scientists uncover how colorful pygmy seahorses camouflage themselves

Pygmy seahorses are fragile and tiny, they could have been included in our list of animals tiny enough to sit on your finger.

Deja vu all over again: Michigan auto dealers sneakily try to lock Tesla out of the state


But you can do something to help When the incumbents do everything in their power to keep you out of the market, rather than try to compete with you directly on the merit of their products, you know you're on to something.

Drop a brick in your toilet to fight the drought


Dropping a brick isn't something you normally brag about, but in this instance, it could help you go from water hog to water hero at home.

Oven-baked rutabaga fries [vegan]


Colder weather brings an abundance of root vegetables. If you have a CSA that runs into the winter in the Northeast, it’s likely to be filled with these hearty staples: potatoes, turnips, carrots and yams.

Is resurrecting extinct animals conservation?

Species are dropping like flies - so much so that the World Wildlife Fund estimates that anything between 200 - 100,000 animals go extinct every year.

Fracking tracking breakthrough to hold frackers responsible for pollution


In work supported by the National Science Foundation, researchers have identified new tracers that can identify fracking fluids in the environment, and even differentiate fracking flow-back water contamination from pollution caused by other types of oil and gas wells.

School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors.

Soda industry spends $1.7 million to fight $0.01 per ounce tax in Berkeley

The City of Berkeley has about 80,000 registered voters, who will be asked to decide if the city should implement a $0.01 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages on their November ballots.

Upgrade to Carrot: It's what a vegetable should be.

Instead of downloading yet another health app, try Carrot instead. It promises to seamlessly deliver fresh, quality nutrients to your body, wirelessly.

The perils of prefab, as Atlantic Yards modular tower is stopped and lawsuits start flying


Poor Popular Mechanics. One of the problems of print versus the web for news is that everything can change between the time you put a story to bed and it comes out in print.

Are efficiency improvements truly beneficial or are the gains being eaten by Jevons?


The Jevons Paradox, which got its name from the economist William Stanley Jevons, predicts that "as technology progresses, the increase in efficiency with which a resource is used tends to increase (rather than decrease) the rate of consumption of that resource".

Communities are declaring themselves Bee City USA

I used to live in Carrboro, North Carolina—a town that has a lot going for it in terms of sustainability.

How predators protect plant biodiversity

Last month, we started quite a debate with our article about a group of philosophers who want to turn predators into vegans to end the suffering of herbivores.

A picture is worth: The Brooklyn Death-O-Meter


And we think the Slow Down campaigns are a recent phenomenon. In fact, they go way back to when cars were first taking over the roads.

Will this be the greenest solar farm ever?

Often, when we write about large-scale solar power plants, somebody raises objections about land use, environmental impact and a blight on the landscape.

Stanley Jevons goes skiing and the rebound effect gets gnarly

After the Nobel Prize was given to the inventors of the blue LED, I wrote a post making the case that the use of LEDs would not lead to a huge reduction in electricity use, because inventors and designers would keep dreaming up wonderful (or not so wonderful) uses for them.


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