Australia bid to drop protected waters the wrong move, experts say

This week, Australia’s parliament will decide whether to scuttle planned protections for its abundant waters.

3 hopeful stories for endangered species

In honor of Endangered Species Day, Human Nature highlights three recent signs of hope for some of the world’s most threatened animals.

The all-natural ‘Wellness Kitchen’ includes a beautiful living herb wall – Inhabitat

InhabitatThe all-natural 'Wellness Kitchen' includes a beautiful living herb wallInhabitatKitchens are often the heart of any home, and now an innovative company is giving our beloved cooking space a healthy and sustainable makeover. Interior design company Finch London recently unveiled its beautiful bespoke rose-colored “Wellness …and more »

The Rush of Riverfront Living – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThe Rush of Riverfront LivingWall Street JournalA German Villa Hits New Heights. Clara Tuma for The Wall Street Journal. The Stuttgart architect behind the Boston-area Genzyme Center spent $2.5 million creating a luxury showpiece for green living …

EPA Chief Pruitt Admits to Breaking Law in Senate Hearing, Democrats Say

Scandal-ridden Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) Administrator Scott Pruitt faced his third congressional hearing in less than a month Wednesday, admitting to an act that Democrats say broke federal law, The New York Times reported . In the hearing, which was supposed to be a routine budget hearing conducted by the

Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage Could Be Declared in 2020

After years of unrelenting drought , federal forecasters reported there are better-than-even odds that the nation’s largest reservoir will decline into shortage conditions by 2020, forcing Arizona, Nevada and Mexico to reduce their Colorado River water use. Millions of U.S. residents and farmers are served by the Lake Mead reservoir that’s supplied by the Colorado. However, water levels have dropped consistently after years of back-to-back drought. The reservoir is considered full at 1,220 feet above sea level, which has not been seen since 1983. If the lake’s surface elevation falls below 1,075 feet in January of any given year, it would trigger the first-ever federal shortage declaration. Worryingly, the latest projections from the the U

Multi-level lakeside cabin recomposes relationship to nature

This quiet retreat has an interesting interior of overlapping layers that welcomes the outdoors in.

The new carnivores: humans who eat only meat

Consuming between 2 and 4 pounds of steak daily, adherents of this new and extreme diet challenge everything that plant-based eaters believe in.

Parched Cape Town’s lesson for cities: Protect nature

Human Nature talked to Conservation International’s freshwater lead about what cities have to do to protect their water supplies in a changing climate.

In a first, a drone helps nab illegal logger in Peru

A man was caught illegally cutting down trees in Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest.

Field notes from “Cambodia’s beating heart”

Cambodia is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters.

3 reasons elephants make the best mothers

On this Mother’s Day, here are three reasons why elephants make some of the best mothers.

Taking High-End Green Living to a New Level – Mansion Global – Mansion Global

Mansion GlobalTaking High-End Green Living to a New Level – Mansion GlobalMansion GlobalYou switched to LEDs, covered the walls with low-VOC paint and invested in natural fiber furnishings. But for your home to be truly eco-friendly, there's so much …and more »

Lower utility bills, green living part of new master-planned community – KXAN.com

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NTP Scientist: Glyphosate Formulations ‘Much More Toxic’ Than Chemical Itself

Amid conflicting scientific studies and growing public concern over the impacts of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has launched research to examine the health risks of glyphosate and glyphosate-formulations. “Due to the multiple interpretations of evidence on the potential health risks of glyphosate exposure, major public concern about exposure risks, and reported differences in the toxicity of different glyphosate products, NTP is conducting more research on glyphosate and its formulations,” according to the NTP website . The NTP’s initiative was first reported by Carey Gilliam in The Guardian . Gilliam is an author, investigative journalist and research director for U.S. Right to Know . Glyphosate, the star

Rock Climbers and Supporters ‘Climb the Hill’ for Public Lands

U.S. rock climbers and their non-profit and corporate allies are setting themselves a difficult challenge this week—persuading Congress to act to protect public lands. Thursday marks the second day of the third annual Climb the Hill event in Washington, DC, organized by leading climbing-advocacy nonprofits American Alpine Club (AAC) and Access Fund to give climbers a chance to speak

Couple converts van into full-time traveling home for $13K

This cozy van home interior includes a bathroom and kitchen.

Here’s a new idea: off-the-rack prefabs by top architects

Cube Haus is “disrupting the existing housing market, delivering high-design value, modular homes at reasonable prices.”

Social media turns tide of ocean protection in Brazil

Brazil recently announced the creation of two marine protected areas totaling 900,000 square kilometers.

Worldwide launch: Experience ‘My Africa’ in virtual reality

Conservation International released its “My Africa” virtual reality project to the world in seven languages.

A series of other thoughts about NAIAS 2018

Let’s start out with my in-the-moment string of notes during the Press Preview at this year’s NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show). This covers the main ideas about this year’s program at the time. I’ll add a few more comments and expanded thoughts at the end. Not sure if it’s an actual color trend, but there’s a lot of orange at this year’s #NAIAS #NAIAS2018 Attendance seems down and space more open at #NAIAS2018. Things just seem off this year. First thought it was decline of auto industry. There’s been gap-filling of various kinds over the last few years

More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

In a historic move, more than 40 UK companies have signed up to fight plastic pollution as part of the UK Plastics Pact , The Independent reported Wednesday. The pact, which officially launches today, is a groundbreaking alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and governments working to transform packaging in the UK by 2025. “We need to move away from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment,” the pact website reads. Specifically, the pact sets out four targets to meet by that date: Ensure that 100 percent of packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Eliminate “unnecessary or problematic”

One of World’s Most Endangered Wolf Species Could Go Extinct in 8 Years

A Species Status Assessment (SSA) released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday revealed that there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the wild, and that they could go extinct within eight years. The SSA was released along with a Five-Year Status Review , which the FWS undertakes for every species offered protections under