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It's So Hot In Australia Right Now That Lions Are Being Fed Frozen Blood (PHOTO)

As a record-breaking heat wave roasted Australia this week, a lion at the Melbourne Zoo kept cool by licking a bloody treat:<p>According to the caption that accompanied this Rex USA photograph, which has gone viral this week, Harari the lion was given the special popsicle, made from eight gallons of …

Scottish Power cancels £5.4bn Argyll Array offshore wind farm plan

Project that would have been world's largest and provided green energy to 1m homes deemed 'not financially viable'<p>Scottish Power has abandoned a £5.4bn plan to build the world's largest offshore wind farm, after four years of planning, because it is "not financially viable".<p>The decision not to go …

World's Loneliest Whale Sings At The Wrong Frequency

<i>Photo by dave and rose via Flickr Creative Commons</i><p>We've heard about whales suffering from loneliness due to overhunting. There's simply fewer of …

Loneliness

'This is not a good place to live': inside Ghana's dump for electronic waste

At Agbogbloshie, young people scavenge for scrap metal amid the smoke from plastics fires. The health risks are obvious – but the money is too good to ignore<p>The orange flesh of a papaya is like an oval gash in the landscape at Agbogbloshie, Ghana's vast dumping site for electronic waste, where …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

Perfluorotributylamine is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts<p>A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, …

Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

If your heart has ever ached looking at pictures of animals pent up in tiny pet store cages or pens at the zoo, prepare to be outraged. CNN and other …

This map shows air pollution levels in 1,100 cities around the world

Just yesterday, we wrote about the World Health Organization's new categorization of air pollution as "carcinogenic to humans". The map above was …

Pollution

Back To The (Sustainable) Future: The Year 2050 In Words And Pictures

A new book presents a full-color future for us that’s rosy without being far-fetched, with water efficiency and robot friends.<p>It’s 2050. Somehow we haven’t joined the dinosaurs in extinction, succumbed to the Secret Society of Super Villains, or been raptured up to the clouds. And the robots are …

Report: Fracking Creates Billions Of Gallons Of Toxic — Sometimes Radioactive — Byproduct

Fracking wells in the U.S. generated 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in 2012, according to a new report. That’s enough, as the Guardian …

Should Other Nations Follow Germany's Lead On Promoting Solar Power?

<i>Answer by Ryan Carlyle, BSChE, Subsea Hydraulics Engineer</i><p><b>The answer is the most forceful possible</b> <b>no</b><b>.</b><p>Solar power itself is a good thing, but Germany’s pro-renewables policy has been a disaster. It has the absurd distinction of completing the trifecta of bad energy policy:<p>Bad for consumers<br>• Bad for …

Let's be honest – the global warming debate isn't about science

The scientific evidence on human-caused global warming is clear. Opposition stems from politics, not science.<p>The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states with 95 percent confidence that humans have caused most, and probably all of the rapid global warming over the past 60 …

IKEA to start selling solar panels in UK stores

You know solar is becoming mainstream when solar panels are sold between flat-pack nightstands and rolls of multi-colored carpet. IKEA has announced …

Infographic: How Much it Would Cost for the Entire Planet to Switch to Renewable Energy

As Inhabitat readers know, we live in a time marked by rising emissions, melting ice caps and the looming threat of climate catastrophe. Fortunately, …

Renewable Energy

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California …

Agriculture

He’s Electric — Will A Revolutionary Black Box Turn Dale Vince Into Europe’s Elon Musk?

Dale Vince sits in a spartan office in the corner of Ecotricity, one of the UK’s few green energy electricity networks, and taps away on an Apple Mac at his standing desk. The office is bare, other than a normal desk, a couple of chairs and a Union Jack flag hung on the wall. But the Union Jack is …

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately – if they’re not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they’re figuring out how to …

An Iceberg in Antarctica Looks Like a Grumpy Old Man

The world is filled with anomalies and pareidolia (i.e. inexplicable phenomenons) but how would you react if you were sailing along Antarctica and came across an iceberg that looked like a grumpy old man? Redditor strummingmusic came face-to-face with this unusual situation and had to photograph …

Antarctica

Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World's First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to open the world’s first zero-emission wave powered desalination plant on Garden Island in Australia. Using the …

World-first pilot plant to turn carbon dioxide into rock - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction …

Carbon Dioxide

Terracyle Turns Electronic Waste Into Stylish Clipboards

If you’ve ever tried to recycle a used computer, you know how tough it can be to find someone to take your old electronics. Many people don’t even …

The Uneven Geography Of Consumers Who Will Buy A Green Product

Indians are almost three times more likely than Estonians to pay premiums to buy from socially responsible businesses. Skepticism runs high in many regions.<p>More and more consumers want to buy from socially responsible companies. A big new survey from Nielsen finds that 50% of shoppers are now …

CSR

Offshore wind turbine concept includes a loft apartment at the top

Offshore wind turbines keep getting bigger and bigger, and the size of new and proposed offshore wind energy projects is increasing, so it stands to …

Prince William has already decided his son’s favorite animal is endangered rhinos

Most new parents want to talk about nothing but their babies. Not Prince William! He wants to talk about endangered rhinos. He agreed to let CNN and …

16 of your favorite things that climate change is totally screwing up

When people talk about “climate impacts,” the images that usually come to mind are broiling heat waves, drought-parched creek beds, dangerous storm …

Climate Change

UPDATED: Costa Rica wants to close its zoos and free all captive animals

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>Costa Rica announced in 2013 that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive …

They Ain’t No Joke: Hip-Hop Comedy Duo, ItsTheReal, Are Now Making Mixtapes

It may be April Fools’ Day, but this is no laughing matter. Okay, it kind of is a laughing matter. The hip-hop jokesters of ItsTheReal just released their first official mixtape with DJ Drama on April 1. It’s been a long time coming.<p>One key component of hip-hop is punch lines, those highly …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment …

Ecology