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What is natural and what is man-made? Is there a line between the two? Ecosystems are subjectively defined and nature is one of the most difficult subjects to pin down, yet it offers us incredible insights while ecosystems provide us with vital knowledge about how to live sustainably on the planet.

Red Tides: When Tiny, Toxic, Single-Celled Animals Attack!

Red tides kill millions of fish, poison shellfish beds, and leave swimmers' skin itchy, irritated and inflamed. Is there a reason why nature sometimes sees red?

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Butting In: Portrait Made of Over 20K Used Cigarette Butts

The cigarette butts that litter outdoor surfaces are an environmental burden. But even these unappealing items can be made into something beautiful.

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Put Down Roots: 4 Unexpected Ways to Grow an Urban Garden

A spectacular garden does not require a flower bed or even a yard. These four unusual gardens utilize normally-overlooked spaces to grow a bit of sunshine.

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Nature + Technology Combine to Relax Stressed Urbanites

Feeling stressed and disconnected from the natural world? This website lets you combine your favorite nature sounds for a unique relaxation experience.

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Belly of the Beast: Serpentine Residential Eco-Building

The designer of this Mexican eco-building used some wonderfully inventive building techniques to preserve and amplify the natural beauty of its surroundings.

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Libya's Landlocked Lakes: Wet Spots In A Sea Of Sand

Surrounded by the searing sand dunes of the Sahara, Libya's Ubari Lakes offer intrepid travelers a refreshing splash of beauty that's more than just a mirage.

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Tentacles of Terror: Trash Monster Attacks Slovenian Town

This trash sculpture was designed by a group of environmentalists to show just how out of control and downright scary our over-consumption problem is becoming.

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Urban Ruins: Abandoned Building Houses Architecture Academy

An abandoned apartment building in Taipei houses a most unusual architectural academy: a workshop that celebrates and welcomes urban decay and ruin.

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White Out: Global Warming Is Melting Japan's Snow Monsters

Japan's “Snow Monsters” - silent, twisted, mountain forests of stately conifers draped in frosty rime ice each winter – are under threat from climate change.

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Furry Forecasters: 7 Amazing Weather-Predicting Animals

These 7 amazing weather-predicting animals offer us more insight into weather's whimsy than Phil Connors on a good day. Now for today's fur-cast...

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Luxurious Eco Travel: 12 Elegant Green Destinations

Green travel doesn't always mean roughing it. These 12 luxurious eco resorts offer all the perks of a pampering getaway in an environmentally responsible manner.

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Staten Island Dump Rehabbed into Gigantic Green Space

The world's largest landfill - located on the notoriously smelly Staten Island - is being rehabbed into an incredible 2,200-acre public park.

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After Effects: Tiny Buildings Reclaimed by Nature's Touch

After humankind abandons the buildings and cities we have constructed, nature will take over rapidly. This art series imagines just what that will look like.

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Born Freezing: Meet Antarctica's First Citizen

Emilio Marcos Palma laughs at those claiming to be from the Deep South. Born at Argentina's Esperanza Base, Palma lays claim to be the first native Antarctican.

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Eco Resorts: 13 Rustic Retreats for True Nature Lovers

At these 13 eco resorts, you'll get up close and personal with nature in treetop pods, floating lodges, huts on stilts and primitive grassy shelters.

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