How Earth Day began and how it helps the planet

April 17, 2017 by  
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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday . Earth Day is one of the most widely celebrated environmental events across the globe. The first Earth Day was focused on protesting an oil spill off the coast of California, but today, the focus is on increasing awareness of the planet and all the issues around its health, from fracking and water pollution to rainforest depletion and animal extinctions. More than 20 million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated in the first Earth Day of United States that took place on 22 April 1970, and one of the results of that first celebration was the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act. It became an international event in 1971, when UN’s Secretary-General U Thant spoke about it at a Peace Bell Ceremony at the United Nations in New York City. On that first celebration, NYC’s mayor shut down Fifth Avenue for use on Earth Day, and allowed it to be celebrated in Central Park. Today, over 1 billion people celebrate Earth Day around the world. Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries. This day is a time dedicated to increasing awareness about the Earth, its issues and its problems, and people in different countries take action that will benefit their region the most. For example: On Earth Day 2011, the Earth Day Network planted 28 million trees in Afghanistan. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100 thousand people in China rode their bikes to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions from motor vehicles. In Panama, in honor of Earth Day, they planted 100 species of endangered orchids to prevent their extinction. In 2014, NASA participated in Earth Day with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event , asking people to take a photo of themselves outside and post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. We can all use Earth Day as a time to reflect on our personal impact on the environment. Simply implementing something that promotes sustainability, such as a weekly recycling regimen, can truly make a difference. Let’s use today as a starting point for great change, and make every day an Earth Day. + Vangel The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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For the first time, climate change has caused a river to completely reroute

April 17, 2017 by  
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For the first time on record, climate change has completely changed the route of a river. In a shift that researchers called “geologically instantaneous,” a river in Canada’s Yukon territory shifted from draining into the Bering Sea to draining into the Pacific Ocean below Alaska. What makes this particularly concerning is that while shifting rivers aren’t unheard of in the Earth’s history, never before to our knowledge has a river rerouted so quickly, causing an enormous impact on the surrounding environment. The Kaskawulsh glacier in Canada has been rapidly melting. That influx of meltwater choked out the Slims River, depriving the downstream Kluane Lake of water and causing it to drop rapidly. The water shifted to the Alsek River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean south of Alaska, where the ocean water will now see a rapid influx of freshwater. The shift began in 2016 when the melting water burst through an ice dam, depriving Slims River of its glacial water source. Now, the Kluane Lake level is dropping rapidly, which will put stress on the environment around the lake and could completely alter the geology of the area. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc Scientists determined that this shift was driven by human-caused climate change after they looked at the Kaskawulsh glacier and calculated that there was only a minuscule chance of it retreating in a stable climate. They also believe that it is unlikely that the Slims River will return to its previous water levels. The researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience . Via The Washington Post images via Nature Geoscience, Murray Foubister and Nat Wilson

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make your own solar phone charger

December 14, 2015 by  
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The sun is the perfect source for clean, free energy, but sometimes the technology to harvest our nearest star’s power can be a bit expensive. So why not take matters into your own hands and create your own DIY solar charger? With just a basic mint tin, some wire and a few solar components, you can make your own phone charger on the cheap to create your own free, portable solar charging . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Make your own solar phone charger

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Carter Zufelt uses an ingenious new process to create art out of recycled plastic trash

December 4, 2015 by  
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Did you know that a plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to break down? This designer has developed a process that turns those old plastic garbage bags into stable beautiful works of art. Carter Zufelt, an industrial designer currently based in Utah, began heavily focusing on the problem of plastic waste a couple years ago when he began his senior thesis. Through his research he found alarming statistics about the amount of plastic trash in the environment. Each year an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Unfortunately, less than 5% of those plastic grocery bags are recycled in the U.S., which means that roughly 95,000,000,000 plastic bags are floating around the world every single year! With this knowledge he began experimenting. Through extensive trial and error he refined his process and began consistently reducing plastic trash from the environment. He is now running a Kickstarter for a few of his unique pieces. + Mull on Kickstarter

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Forget the ink – this pen writes with wine, beer or tea

May 11, 2015 by  
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Forget the ink!  The WINKpen can use virtually any liquid with staining properties like wine, beer, tea, juice and more.  Simply place the writing end of the pen into your liquid of choice, and pull the fluid up into WINKpen’s (refillable) glass cartridge with a twist.  WINKpen writes smoothly on paper with its uniquely formed double-sided glass nib – go from calligraphy to finer penmanship in seconds.  Need to clean up?  WINKpen’s glass tip and modular construction makes cleaning and reloading a cinch.  Best of all, with no ink cartridges to throw away and biodegradable “ink”, WINKpen keeps everything eco-friendly.   + WINKpen The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee ink , coffee pen , kickstarter campaigns , organic ink , reader submissions , soy pen , tea ink , tea pen , wine ink , wine pen , WINKPen , WINKPen kickstarter

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Stunning “Colour as a Narrative” store is coated with volcanic dust from Mt. Vesuvius

May 11, 2015 by  
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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

May 4, 2015 by  
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Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A consummate entertainer, Sacks couldn’t find a cool, modern tablecloth that was highly functional  and sustainable as well, so she decided to create her own line.  BottleCloth is an out-door friendly, sophisticated line of eco-chic table linens that maintain the look and feel of fine fabric. + BottleCloth The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bottlecloths , green interiors , green place mats , green tablecloths , reader submissions , recycled fabric , recycled home materials , Recycled Materials , recycled place mats , recycled table cloths , recycled textiles

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Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

April 22, 2015 by  
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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday . Read the rest of Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #earthdayfacts , clean air act , earth day , Earth Day 2015 , Earth Day facts , Earth Day information , environmental protection agency , Peace Bell Ceremony , reader submissions , Vangel

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Say “cheese!” The octographer will take your picture now

April 22, 2015 by  
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Add this to your bucket list : getting your picture taken by an octopus. Yes, you read that right. An octopus named Rambo is now taking photographs of visitors from his tank at a New Zealand aquarium . Read the rest of Say “cheese!” The octographer will take your picture now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: kelly tarlton's sea life aquarium , new zealand aquarium , new zealand octopus , octopi , Octopus , octopus aquarium pictures , octopus photo , octopus photographer , octopus that takes pictures , octopuses , sea life aquarium

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

April 22, 2015 by  
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