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The 2014 Environmental Performance Index - Who's on Top and Bottom

<i>This post and slideshow were co-written and compiled by researchers Omar Malik, Laura Johnson, Avi Allison, Kelly Coplin, Nora Hawkins, Susanne Stahl and Sarah Guy at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.</i><p>The 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 178 countries on how well they …

Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching, and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane …

China to Create World's Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has teamed up with Shenzhen Daimler New Technology Co to expand China’s electric vehicle charging …

Watching This "Evolution Door" Open Will Blow Your Mind

At first glance, the Evolution Door designed by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler looks like a modern barn door, and we expected it to behave the same …

Origami

Twelve-Year-Old Creates Working Braille Printer Using Lego Mindstorms Kit

These days, it’s not unusual to meet a teenager with a head full of marketable ideas. Unlike some enterprising youngsters, however, Shubham Banerjee …

Lego

Google moves one step closer to being 100% powered by clean energy (currently 34%)

After over $1 billion in renewable energy investments<p>Google's gazillion servers use a lot of energy. I'm not complaining, since they provide a …

SheerWind's INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX – a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than …

Renewable Energy

'Rabbit Island' attracts pet-loving tourists despite its dark past

Although it once housed poison gas factories, Japan's small island of Okunoshima is now home to hundreds of friendly bunnies.

Melting Ice Makes The Arctic A Much Worse Heat-Magnet Than Scientists Feared

Arctic ice provides more than just homes for fish and mammals — it also slows global warming.<p>Dwindling sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is creating large …

Time-Lapse Video Shows How Quickly Older Arctic Sea Ice Is Disappearing

Take a second and watch older Arctic sea ice -- represented by white and lighter colors -- expand and retreat in this animation. By the end of the time-lapse, it's strikingly clear that older sea ice has declined dramatically since 1987.<p>Scientists refer to older ice as "multi-year" ice, meaning …

Actor Kellan Lutz to Wear Tuxedo Made With Recycled Bottles to Oscars

Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” campaign is going co-ed. The ethical-fashion awareness initiative, which celebrates its fifth …

'The Future We Seek, As Always, Must Be Earned'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a clarion call for immediate action on climate change. Speaking in Jakarta on Sunday, he described it as a threat on par with terrorism: "<i>Perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction</i>."<p>His political call to arms came a few days after the …

Danielle Trofe's Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

We’ve featured Danielle Trofe‘s amazing energy-generating hourglass lamps in the past, and the designer just unveiled a new table lamp called …

Obama directs EPA and DOT to tighten fuel efficiency standards for heavy trucks by 2016

We already have the tech to make high-MPG trucks<p>Medium and heavy-duty vehicle represent about 7% of the vehicles on American roads, but because they …

World Health Organization

16 Simple Healing Foods

Cure for: Stress or anxiety<p>Next time your buttons get pushed, reach for a banana, says Molly Kimball, RD, a certified specialist in sports dietetics …

What's The Environmental Cost Of The 2014 Winter Olympics?

So much for "no waste."<p>Athletic events are well underway at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which means that their environmental toll is halfway to forgotten.<p>When world athletes gathered for the 2012 Summer Games, host city London won praise for many of its sustainability efforts, such as the remarkably …

India's plan for world's largest solar farm may stumble over wetlands

India has announced plans to build the world’s biggest solar-power generating facility on a salt-producing plain in Rajasthan, but experts say the massive project may still face ecological hurdles.<p>The facility, to be located on 20,000 acres (30 square miles) of land owned by Rajasthan’s government …

Three Oil Spills in Two Weeks Foul Singapore’s Waters | ENS

<b>SINGAPORE</b>, February 11, 2014 (ENS) – A containership and a chemical tanker collided in the Singapore Strait Monday afternoon, spilling some 80 metric …

The history of marriage - Alex Gendler

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

<i>The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL</i><p>When the movie <i>Waterworld</i> premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick …

Kelud volcano in Indonesia is erupting, thousands evacuating

Thousands are being evacuated on densely populated island of Java. Eruption took place 90 minutes after alert status for volcano was raised to …

Ex-Topgun CEO Pilots Water Treatment Startup Into $36 Billion Fracking Industry

At the same time as global demand for freshwater soars, surging industrial processes have made it more toxic than ever. It’s estimated that by 2030, the world’s freshwater demand will outstrip supply by 40%. Jim Matheson, an ex-Navy fighter pilot and TOPGUN Instructor thinks his company’s solution …

Going Wild: Exploring 5 of the World’s Most Incredible Jungle Escapes - Vagabondish

<i>Editor's note: Maria Russo is a freelance lifestyle and travel writer based in the U.S. She is a regular contributor for HotelsCombined.com, the</i> …

Toxins From Oil Spills Are Putting Fish Into Cardiac Arrest, Study Finds

For marine life, this Valentine’s Day is shaping up to be less about love, and more about heartache.<p>Attempting to draw attention to marine animals …

Organic Cotton: Threading Its Way Into Our Closets

"Organic" has been the buzzword of significance over the past decade in the food industry, and while it hasn't gained popularity in the fashion industry as quickly, it's on its way to becoming a mainstay, thanks in no small part to the rise of organic cotton.<p>It's opportune to be on the right side …

Children Exposed to More Brain-Harming Chemicals Than Ever Before

In recent years, the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia have soared. …

Pollution making Beijing hazardous place to live, says Chinese report

Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital "barely suitable" for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world's second largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth.<p>Pollution is a rising concern for China's …

Associated Press News

Science Bulletins: Biodiversity Unveiled—New Animal Discoveries of 2013