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design
Washing Machine Redesign Could Help Save the World

The reason you need to ask for help when wheeling a new washing machine home from the shops is that there's a huge lump of concrete in there to weigh it down so it doesn't drill through the earth's crust on a spin cycle. This extra weight contributes to carbon-spewing during the delivery process, so let's take it out, says a team from Nottingham Trent University. Read More >>

enviroment
Coke to Test Bottle Deposit Scheme in Scotland

The Coca-Cola drinks-and-therefore-plastic-bottle production giant has changed its stance on the concept of the bottle recycling deposit scheme, deciding that it may well be a good idea for its international image if it was to start encouraging recycling by adding a small refundable deposit to the price of each bottle it sells. Hence collecting old bottles might become a nice hobby again, like it was years ago when it was glass being refunded. Read More >>

enviroment
Indonesia’s Awful Fire Season Killed Up to 100,000 People

This time last year, tens of thousands of fires were raging across Indonesia’s peat forests, spewing carbon like coal plants and sending smoke halfway around the planet. But those fires weren’t just bad for our atmosphere: they were awful for the people who breathe it. Read More >>

environment
Dispersant Used to Fight Deepwater Horizon More Toxic to Coral Than Oil

It's almost five years since Deepwater Horizon went belly up.Research now suggests that a substance used to clear up the site of the spill is more toxic to cold water corals than the oil itself. Read More >>

environment
The Most Crowded Part of the Whole World Fits in This One Small Circle

East Asia is a crowded place. The crazy-cramped architecture of locales like Hong Kong gives you an idea. But this image posted to Reddit by valeriepieris puts that population consolidation in a whole new light. And for the most part, it seems pretty accurate. Read More >>

environment
Japan Mulls Nixing Nukes in Favour of Farming Wind

Japan has quite had its fill of nuclear power, thank you very much. As the country rebuilds from the devastating 2011 tsunami and subsequent Daiichi power plant disaster, it's looking toward alternate energy sources. Good call, minna-san. Read More >>

environment
Fukushima Debris to Keep Hitting the Pacific Coast This Winter

Authorities expect more debris from the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami to wash up on the Pacific Coast this winter. Seasonal changes in ocean currents and North Pacific winds will push the 1.5 million tons of debris still out there towards our shores. Read More >>