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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



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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


In the Red

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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



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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



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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



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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


Shadow of No Doubt

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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



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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



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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



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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


Save the Bottom Line

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U.S. Tries to Break Copenhagen Deadlock

In a move to ostensibly “save” the United Nations’ climate talks in Copenhagen, the U.S. has pledged to support a $100 billion multilateral fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change and develop environmentally friendly technologies.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



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Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Awes the Skeptics

The film industry has produced no shortage of spectacles over the last hundred years, from “Ben Hur” to “Star Wars.” In terms of technological sorcery and visual wonder, James Cameron’s “Avatar” now ranks chief among them.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes

As the United Nations’ climate summit enters its final week in the home country of Hans Christian Andersen, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this gathering looks more and more like a fairy tale.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Palin’s Climate Epiphany

Back in the heady days of 2008, as governor of our most at-risk state, Sarah Palin sounded a dire warning against climate change. What a difference a book tour makes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Re-Volt-ing Dance Could Make You Go Blind

GM’s new Volt may be able to drive for 40 miles without a drop of gas, but, based on the singing and dancing in this video, it’s clear that the brains that bankrupted this company are still very much in charge.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Copenhagen Protests Call for Emission Cuts

The Copenhagen climate conference brought not only heads of states to discuss the environment but tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding action by the leaders to cut emissions. Later, violence led to arrests ...  Update

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 READ MORE



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Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science

Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


The ‘Human’ Factor Missing in Copenhagen

Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



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Take Me to Your Climate Leader

“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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EPA Moves Toward Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Who needs Congress? The EPA officially determined Tuesday that “greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.” Under the Clean Air Act and with the blessing of the Supreme Court, the agency might now be able to regulate emissions that contribute to the climate crisis. (continued)

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



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Corporate Farmer Calls Upon Sen. Feinstein to Influence Environmental Dispute

Wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick (shown above with wife Lynda) has written check after check to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaigns, and when he needed her help, he got quick results.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Crunch Time for the Climate

President Obama has shifted travel arrangements so he can be present at the final negotiating sessions of this month’s Copenhagen climate summit. The move, a result of international pressure, will have Obama making two trips to Scandinavia, one to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday in Oslo, then again Dec. 18 for the key Copenhagen discussions.

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama on His Own

In Copenhagen, a major binding agreement at the global warming summit is not to be. Not this year. In Washington, the Senate is so divided that it became clear months ago that climate legislation will be pushed off until 2010 at the earliest. Still, the United States can meet the challenge of a world demanding that it take the lead on global warming. Here’s how.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


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The Copenhagen Conundrum

Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn’t with the science, it’s with the solutions.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Lab-Grown Pig Even Vegetarians Can Eat

Dutch scientists are doing their bit to address the food crisis, the climate crisis and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by growing pork meat from muscle cells harvested from a live pig. Their hope is to turn the cells from one animal into the meat from a million without killing any. (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Halt! Who Grows There?

Citing the fact that industrialized countries cause much more environmental destruction than loggers and farmers in the Amazon, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Western countries—“gringos”—to help halt deforestation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE


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China Sets Its Greenhouse Gas Target

A day after the Obama administration issued a provisional target for greenhouse gases, China—the world’s largest emitter of gases—has jumped on the bandwagon and announced it too has set a target to slow its gas emissions by 2020.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Purloined E-Mails Don’t Change the Facts

Stop hyperventilating, all you climate change deniers. The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week hasn’t stopped the ice caps from melting.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE



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New Kind of Power Plant Gets Energy From Salt Water

A Norwegian company thinks it can squeeze enough electricity out of the natural phenomenon of osmosis to power China. Right now the company’s plant can barely heat a tea kettle, but officials hope to power a village in a few years, and a lot more after that.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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