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Farmers Fight Back Against Toxic Algal Blooms

Farmers Fight Back Against Toxic Algal Blooms

Agricultural runoff is the leading cause of recurring algal blooms in Lake Erie. Now farmers are inviting researchers onto their fields to figure out why — and what they can do about it.

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To Drink, or Not To Drink

To Drink, or Not To Drink

A new bacteria testing kit has the potential to save millions of lives, one glass of water at a time.

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Troubled Waters: Lake Erie's Plastic Problem

Troubled Waters: Lake Erie's Plastic Problem

How the buildup of small plastic particles could add up to big problems for Lake Erie, and the human and aquatic communities that depend on it.

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Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Find out why some residents of a drought-plagued state are welcoming a weed to their gardens—and their dinner plates.

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Students Take Action to Restore Biodiversity and Revitalize a Community

Students Take Action to Restore Biodiversity and Revitalize a Community

Sixth graders at a charter school in Madison, Wisconsin, lead the charge to restore a local park and play a key role in efforts to revitalize a struggling community.

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Penguin Sentinels

Penguin Sentinels

In this short video, we travel with conservation biologist Dee Boersma to the Galapagos Islands where she works to support a population of temperate penguins that are being impacted by climate change.

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Water Recycling Comes Of Age In Silicon Valley

Water Recycling Comes Of Age In Silicon Valley

Though engineers can purify sewage water to make it cleaner than what’s coming out of your tap, there's a bigger challenge: convincing people to drink it.

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Are Wetlands Nature's Best Defense Against Sea Level Rise?

Are Wetlands Nature's Best Defense Against Sea Level Rise?

Restoring marshlands along the shore of San Francisco Bay may be the key to protecting communities from rising sea level and it may lend a helping hand to some endangered species, too.

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From Coal to Canvas:  An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

From Coal to Canvas: An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

Discover how an Ohio artist is repurposing runoff from coalmines to create a variety of rich paint pigments—and draw attention to the state’s polluted waterways.

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From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

As resources become more expensive, America may start mining its landfills for raw materials.

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Tracking Your Ecological Footprint

Tracking Your Ecological Footprint

Online tools can track the true global costs of your lifestyle choices.

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Sustainable Spirits: Liquor for the Locavore

Sustainable Spirits: Liquor for the Locavore

Find out how an artisanal distillery is using locally-sourced ingredients to craft liquors that support a legacy of small agricultural producers on a storied Wisconsin Island.

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L.E.D. There Be Light

L.E.D. There Be Light

Paying less for more: how energy-efficient LED bulbs outshine the competition while saving you money.

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The Living Machine: A Flush Worth Following

The Living Machine: A Flush Worth Following

Engineered to mimic a wetland, an innovative system at Oberlin College uses plants and microbes to recycle wastewater—a process that begins with a trip to the bathroom.

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Tesla Unveils 90-Second Battery Swap Technology

Tesla Unveils 90-Second Battery Swap Technology

Palo Alto based electric car maker Tesla has announced a service that will swap out a battery in less than two minutes.

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Work Begins on Largest Dam Removal Project in California History

Work Begins on Largest Dam Removal Project in California History

Construction crews are starting work on the largest dam removal project in California history.

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Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers

Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers

A new video game designed by computer scientists and ecologists is poised to shed light on the best way to manage biofuel farms.

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With Condors on the Brink, California Considers a Lead-Bullet Ban for Hunters

With Condors on the Brink, California Considers a Lead-Bullet Ban for Hunters

Lead poisoning is a major obstacle to recovery for the endangered California condor, but a bill to address the problem has gun owners up in arms.

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Restoring the Earth's "Kidneys"

Restoring the Earth's "Kidneys"

Urban development is impeding the ability of native wetlands to serve as natural filters, but efforts are underway in some places to reverse the damage.

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The Green Side of Drones: Science and Environmental Apps Abound

The Green Side of Drones: Science and Environmental Apps Abound

Drone enthusiasts in Silicon Valley are going beyond military and spy applications, exploring new uses for science and the environment.

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