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It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

It may be too late to stop a 20ft rise in sea levels

Research into climate change continues to press on despite vitriol and blowback from deniers, and the latest research report appears damning: it may be too late to stop a 20ft. rise in sea levels…at the minimum. According to a new paper published last week, limiting global warming to 2C may not stop a sea level increase of 6 meters or more, and those rising waters will have a huge impact on coastlines — and the people who live near them — around the world.

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New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

New Jersey will soon be home to world’s largest indoor vertical farm

Indoor farming is taking off, and the benefits of it are becoming increasingly apparent. The ability to grow all year rather than being limited to growing seasons is one big reason, and the other is efficiency. Indoor farms use less electricity and water and produce more crops without as much plant wastes. Soon New Jersey will be home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. Estimates say it will produce 2 million pounds of herbs and leafy greens every year.

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Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

Study: global warming is limiting bumblebee travel

The number of bumblebees in North America and Europe is declining and the biggest cause is thought to be climate change. That’s according to a new study that was recently published in Science showing a trend since the 1970s where bumblebees are no longer traveling as far as they used to. Over this period of time, the travels of bumblebees have shrunk by as much as 190 miles from their previous southern limits, likely due to warming temperatures.

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Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Growing crops indoors has caught the public's attention in recent years, and organizations across the globe have worked at perfecting the farming method. So far indoor gardens have had many benefits: pest reduction, higher yields, better utilization of space, and more. Lighting is the biggest problem, though -- if you don't get it right your plants won't grow correctly and your yield will suffer as a result. Philips wants to end the problem, and it has launched a new research center as part of its efforts.

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Adidas running shoe prototype is made from ocean trash

Adidas running shoe prototype is made from ocean trash

Trash floating around the ocean is a big problem, one that Adidas has tackled by developing a running shoe made from it. The shoe is made mostly of material that was harvested from plastics and fishing nets floating around the ocean, and is a concept creation to show a more sustainable way the company -- and others like it -- could help solve our oceans' trash problem: by reclaiming the garbage for good use. The concept was made in partnership with Parley for the Oceans.

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Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Autonomous taxis could have a huge impact on environmental emissions, with new research suggesting cuts of as much as 90-percent versus private ownership. Although self-driving projects have for the most part focused on the safety and convenience handing over the wheel to a computer would allow, the team at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory looked instead to per-mile greenhouse gas emissions. The potential for greener driving, they discovered, was far greater when a smarter taxi system could take into account just how many people they'd need to be transporting.

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Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego, the iconic plastic toy building blocks, has announced it's going begin making a drastic change to the way its product is manufactured. See, while the bricks are popular around the world, they're actually not very environmentally friendly. The company has set a goal of eliminating its use of ABS, the oil-based plastic, by the year 2030, and they're spending $150 million to build a new sustainable materials center that will in turn develop an oil-free plastic.

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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO may be fun and educational, but more environment-conscious consumers might take issue with what is being sacrificed to get to that point. LEGO has no delusions that the very materials that make up its iconic blocks and pieces, not to mention their packaging, do their own share of harming the environment. That is why the LEGO Group is stepping up its efforts to change that image by not only investing a huge some of money for R&D but also establishing its new Sustainable Materials Centre.

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Norway has built a ‘highway’ for bees

Norway has built a ‘highway’ for bees

It's well-known that bees and their process of pollination play an important part in global food production, and scientists have been concerned for years about the rapidly decreasing numbers of bee populations. So, one environmental group in Norway has done something a bit unique to help address the problem. They have built what is called the world's first highway for bees in the capital city of Oslo. It's not typical highway like you'd picture in your mind, but rather a series of safe spots on rooftops that allow bees to move through the city.

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