Researchers discover worlds deepest underwater sinkhole in the South China Sea

August 1, 2016 by  
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The Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection used a variety of equipment, including underwater robots and sonar scanners, to determine the sinkhole’s size: 300.89 meters in depth, 130 meters in width (426 feet) at the entrance, and 36 meters in width (118 feet) at the bottom. The depth of the mysterious sinkhole far exceeds the Dean’s 202-meter-deep Blue Hole in the Bahamas , which previously held the title as the world’s deepest sinkhole. The dimensions were measured during field research trips over the past year. Related: Mysterious sinkhole develops a surprising and beautiful ecosystem in China Aside from its record-breaking depth, the beautiful and mysterious “Dragon Hole” is also drawing headlines because of its location in the hotly disputed South China Sea . Locals have gone so far to describe the sinkhole as the “eye” of the South China Sea due to its location in a coral reef near the contested Paracel Islands. The discovery of the “world’s deepest” sinkhole is also likely to boost tourism interest in the area, which China hopes to develop into a Maldives -like attraction. Despite claims that developers will focus on environmental protection, the developing tourism may spell trouble for the coral-rich waters. Via DailyMail Images via Huanqiu

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Dunkin’ Donuts to Phase Out Foam Cups

June 25, 2013 by  
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Written by Melissa Hincha-Ownby, Mother Nature Network Over the course of the next few years, fans of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee won’t have to feel guilty about having their morning cup of Joe in an environmentally damaging foam cup. In its …

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Make Solar Cells in a… Microwave?

June 21, 2013 by  
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Your craziest microwave experiments probably involved doctored-up ramen noodles or pancakes in a jar. But researchers at the University of Utah have slightly higher aspirations for the humble kitchen appliance and just may use it to revolutionize…

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Dear Shannon: Should I switch companies or just my CSR job?

June 11, 2013 by  
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Our resident career coach helps a CSR pro decide whether to stay the course or jump ship.

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How a polluted winery became a model of sustainable practices

July 17, 2012 by  
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The oldest winery in the US was transformed over the course of eight years by rethinking its relationship with water, aerating its wastewater and using renewables.

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Building human, social enterprises: An organizer’s view

June 18, 2012 by  
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Organizers LRN, GreenOrder and frog set out to tackle business challenges in a new and innovative way over the course of a weekend. Did they achieve it?

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One Man’s Plan to Save 571,230,000 Pounds of Paper Towels

May 15, 2012 by  
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13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the U.S. every year. If all Americans used one less paper towel a day, 571,230,00 pounds of paper would be spared over the course of the year. One man has a simple strategy to make it happen. Joe Smith,…

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VERGE DC in photos

March 19, 2012 by  
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More than 300 leaders from a wide spectrum of industries and professions gathered in Washington, DC on March 14-16 to participate in VERGE DC. Over the course of the three day event, they explored new ideas, and compelling presentations on the converging world of energy, information, vehicles and buildings (VERGE). Here are some of the pictures from the event.

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Phoenix Golf Tournament to Go Zero Waste

January 17, 2012 by  
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With 500,000 expected attendees, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has the potential for a large environmental footprint. But this year’s event has a Zero Waste Challenge, including the presence of zero trash cans on the course. This is the…

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Vandalism and Graffiti Hit the Good Bike Project

August 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: tvfp Just this week we wrote about a lovely Toronto initiative: the Good Bike Project . An artist started a mass movement to paint and spruce up old bicycles and park them around town. However, vandalism and graffiti have taken their course already. The spray-painted, neon bikes which were meant to be spontaneous street art have been bashed in, taken apart and stolen. The

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