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Iceland Ash Edition

Is that an Icelandic volcano erupting or just the sound of Sarah Palin hosting a nature show on the Discovery Channel? Dig into today’s list and judge for yourself.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Margaret Bourke-White

Tea Party Financiers Owe Their Fortune to Josef Stalin

The members of the Koch family, America’s biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Urgency After Copenhagen

The developing world seems to get it: In the first climate change conference since Copenhagen, leaders from the Global South have said the need for a new worldwide climate change agreement is “greater than ever.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Carolyn Kaster

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Chevy Volt Goes for a Spin

A few years ago GM’s electric car seemed like the vehicle we’d all be driving in the brave new world of hybrids, a Prius killer that could save the troubled company if GM could just hang on long enough. GM is only now starting to let civilians drive the thing and some of them are wondering whether the Volt hasn’t lost its spark. (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Clean Coal, ‘Dirty Business’

A new documentary investigates the “true social and environmental costs of coal power” and debunks the myth of clean coal. America and China both use much of the world’s energy and have much of its coal. This fight is only going to heat up. Check out extensive clips after the jump.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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An Island’s Disappearing Act

A 30-year territorial dispute between India and Bangladesh was resolved this week when a tiny uninhabited island, known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis, up and disappeared (Ta-da!) due to rising seas.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Studio d'Xavier

Capsize and Trade

Cap and trade was all the rage back in 2009, with the market-driven system of curbing emissions seen as a dominant force in addressing global warming problems. Now the concept has seemingly fallen out of favor.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California

There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



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The Prince of Tides

Hoping to become the “Saudi Arabia of tidal energy,” the Scottish government is offering 10 million pounds to spur innovation in wave power. Some say the incentive is unnecessary, since private companies are already racing to figure out the best way to generate electricity from the ocean.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



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China Dries Up

A drought in southwestern China, where it has not rained in more than five months, is putting a damper on the lives of 50 million people, while costing the national economy $3 billion and leaving more than 20 million people without enough potable water.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / jpctalbot

Flea Remedies Kill Too Many Pets, EPA Warns

The Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on topical flea treatments after reports of injured pets surged 65 percent in 2008. The agency said Wednesday that it had received complaints of 44,263 injured pets and about 600 deaths for that year.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Avatar’ Gets Earth Day DVD Release

Fans of James Cameron’s “Avatar” who are anxiously waiting to watch, pause for commentary and perhaps act out the film in the comfort of their own homes now have a date, and an auspicious one, when they can make that magic happen: April 22. Twentieth Century Fox is giving “Avatar” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The Doodler

Katrina’s Toxic Trailers Are No Bargain

FEMA is selling more than 100,000 contaminated trailers and mobile homes that are toxic enough to make people very sick.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Climate Change: The Evidence Piles Up

The evidence that human activities are responsible for global warming is stronger than ever, according to a review of 110 research papers on climate change by the U.K. Met Office, Britain’s national weather service.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



Fun With Geography Edition

There’s talk of single-payer in Pennsylvania, Bibles-for-porn in Texas and iPhones everywhere. Plus: the Arab Jew cultural connection, and why Republicans and Greens are so mad at Obama.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



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How the Other Half Hybrids

Quick, name a supercar that has 500 horsepower and gets 78 mpg. Unfortunately there isn’t one—yet. Until Porsche puts its 918 Spyder up for sale, this environmentally friendly beast, which will take you from a standstill to a suspended license in about three seconds, is confined to auto shows. (pictures after the jump)

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



Free Umbrella Edition

Inside Citibank’s homophobia, how to clean art with tattoo removal lasers, and populism with brains. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



Millennial Edition

Why the brain forgets things on purpose, the ugliest fish in the world, and finding out how millennial you are. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE



Stoner Seniors Edition

Why more old people smoke pot than they used to, what to do when your judge and prosecutor are having an affair, and why Obama’s assault on Wall Street is weak sauce. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



Something Rotten in Denmark Edition

Here’s why you should never e-mail your professor after showing up an hour late, give cameras to chimps or put a grouchy Dane in charge of your country’s tourism pitch.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


Cracking Down on Fracking

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


A Power Plant for the Backyard

The impresario behind this newfangled clean-energy box sees one of his mini power plants in every home, but it’s not clear if the little miracles even work.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Hey, Dummy: Climate Change Is Real

We’re the nation that put a man on the moon, so we can’t be stupid. We’re just pretending, right? We’re not really taking seriously the “argument” that the big snowstorms that have hit the Northeast in recent weeks constitute evidence—or even proof—that climate change is some kind of hoax.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

U.N. Climate Change Head Resigns

Yvo de Boer, the head of the United Nations’ climate change body, has unexpectedly resigned after four years—and after the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks in December—in a move that could significantly set back global negotiations on climate change and emissions.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Unsolved Mystery Edition

Why do Americans refuse to believe crime has been going down for a decade? Why are so many of them foot fetishists? And was Rene “I think, therefore I am” Descartes really murdered with a poisoned communion wafer? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Nuclear Option

President Obama’s publicly financed resuscitation of the nuclear power industry in the U.S. is bound to fail, another taxpayer bailout waiting to happen.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke-Free World

Fear of a nuclear Iran has generated irrational policies that will only hasten such an outcome. Instead of listening to his own words, the president fell for that old lure, a great power with great bombs that tells others what to do.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



‘Invisible Things That Might Kill You (but Probably Won’t)’ Edition

Look out for those TSA body scanners and cell phones, take a minute to ponder the oddest book titles of the year (including “Bacon: A Love Story”) and read all about the political collapse of the left, right here on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



Yuppie Obama Edition

Blue whales are changing their tune, medieval trial-by-floating-or-drowning turns out to have been shockingly accurate, and President Obama may have trouble with working people because he’s so damned upwardly mobile—all this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Stealing Fire From the Gods

A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn’t die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged and the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / azrainman

U.S. Will Be Addicted to Foreign Oil for Another Generation or More

A new government report has found that the United States will import almost as much foreign oil 25 years from now as it does today. Pitiful policy initiatives simply haven’t done enough to fulfill the stated ambition of just about every administration since Richard Nixon’s—to liberate the homeland from a dangerous dependency on energy imports. (Continued)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



‘TV Will Set You Free’ Edition

Gordon Brown’s law addiction, what Americans really, really, really want (really?), and how TV is going to save the world whether you watch it or not. These stories and more on the list.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Bin Laden Hearts the Environment

Osama bin Laden has found a new cause—the environment. Criticizing the U.S. and other industrial economies, bin Laden has released an audiotape that blames former President George W. Bush for not signing the Kyoto treaty and global corporations for their environmental degradation.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Urgency of a Teddy Roosevelt Moment

The only proper response to the distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / B69D

Fighting a Shell Game in the Arctic

A legal challenge by environmental and indigenous Alaskan groups may dampen Shell Oil’s chances of drilling for billions of barrels of oil in the U.S. portion of the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. It’s feared the controversial plan could spell disaster for endangered species as well as increase global warming.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Marcy Reiford

Study Blames American Smog on Asia

Residents of Southern California are no strangers to smog, but new research suggests that South and East Asia could be to blame for increased levels of the brown stuff floating over the Western United States. Ozone and possibly other pollutants are apparently blowing over the ocean, causing all sorts of problems and reminding us that exporting our pollution to the developing world isn’t exactly working out.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Climate Change Deniers Freeze Al Gore in Effigy

Some climate change deniers have schlepped a frozen sculpture of Al Gore to Alaska to prove that, science be damned, global warming can’t possibly be happening because “it still gets cold” in the arctic state.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


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And Now, the California Budget Cuts

What’s to be done about California’s budget woes? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting way back on spending on such superfluous concerns as “health, welfare, transport and the environment,” according to the BBC. But really, this’ll hurt him more than it’ll hurt ... oh, never mind.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: End-of-the-Oughts Edition

It’s been kind of a lousy decade, but things are looking up. An Indian minister says TV works as birth control, coffee might not kill you, and there’s plenty more where that came from. Today’s list after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE



The 20 Best Socially Conscious Movies of the Decade

The last 10 years were abundant with films that pushed limits and attacked real issues in real time. Here are 20 of the best socially conscious, topical, progressive movies from a crazy decade.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / kimubert

Couple Stranded for 3 Days After GPS Misguides Them Into Wilderness

John and Starry Bush-Rhoads of Reno, Nev., made the biggest little blunder. Their GPS apparently directed the Rhoadses off the road they wanted to be on and into the Oregonian wilderness, where they were stuck for three days. Thanks to a more loyal GPS chip in one of their cell phones, they were eventually rescued.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Global Warming on the Move

A new study says that global warming is on the move at the pace of a quarter of a mile each year, a seemingly minor shift that could have major consequences for plant and animal species that cannot easily adapt to rising temperatures.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Greenpeace International

Climate Discord: From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen

The nonbinding, take-it-or-leave-it Copenhagen accord may be a failure, but the whole process has inspired a new generation of activists.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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What Went Awry in Copenhagen?

A lot of hoopla, and even hope, went into this month’s Copenhagen climate convention, and leaders from a slew of nations showed up to try to strike an agreement. So why wasn’t a bigger, better deal reached by the end of their power huddle?

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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