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Power plants lose legal bid to douse you with mercury

Owners of coal plants filed suit over EPA rules cracking down on toxic air pollutants, arguing they were too expensive. A federal court disagreed.

Why it matters that Democrat Mary Landrieu is bashing Obama over energy

In her first reelection ad of the year, Landrieu comes out swinging on behalf of the oil industry. Unfortunately, it's not just talk.

A Risk Analyst Explains Why Climate Change Risk Misperception Doesn’t Necessarily Matter

A longtime analyst of risk misperception says leaders can't wait for the public to "get" global warming.

Here’s a wind turbine you can toss in your purse

The Trinity portable wind turbine is only 12 inches tall and weighs less than your laptop. Matrix jokes ensue.

Scientists are using mushrooms to get gold out of your old phone

'Shrooms make it easier to recover precious metals from electronic waste. Hey, is that a dragon eating a rainbow?

Sewing Hope, Saving The Lives Of Children, Restoring Dignity — Sister Nyirumbe’s Love, & The Fearlessness Of Service

To “make a difference,” a life and death difference in the lives of children is the highest value of human service. Listening to Sister Nyirumbe, I immediately understand a truth — there is no other experience that empowers or allows...Show More Summary

Ontario Completely Off Coal

The Canadian province of Ontario has officially shut down its last coal burning power plant. Power for the province now comes from "emission-free electricity sources like wind, solar, nuclear and hydropower, along with lower-emission...Show More Summary

A Special Solar Drone For Social Media

It’s time to start rethinking drones—best known currently as exquisitely targetable weapons of war—in Asimovian terms as loyal supporters of humankind. That’s what we’re hearing from Google and Facebook, anyway. Both of the online giants have been thinking about using unmanned solar aircraft to globalize wireless internet. Show More Summary

A Victory for Clean Air

EPA won an important victory in the D.C. Circuit today.  In White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA, the court upheld EPA’s new regulations limiting mercury from coal-fired power plants.  The main issue in the case was about a threshold requirement for regulation.  Before setting limits on mercury from coal plants, EPA had to consider studies of […]

‘Super Cells – Building With Biology’ – The Hope (And Hype) of Bio-Design [Book Review]

Part ‘history of’, part ‘how to’, and a good portion hype, Super Cells ~ Building With Biology, by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim, is a fascinating, inspiring, and not-infrequently self-promoting/congratulating celebration of the “collision...Show More Summary

A Green Group Sees Hope in ‘The End of China’s Coal Boom’

Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight.

Sally Jewell’s frustrating first year in Washington

Obama's Interior secretary has faced an uphill battle in Washington as she tries to implement her ambitious agenda in the face of budget fights and partisan politics.

Vegan condoms are so passé — socially conscious rubbers are the new hotness

Buy a condom from L. International, and you help African women get access to safe sex, receive health education, and stop the spread of HIV.

This beer tastes like crap, and that’s a good thing

"To me there’s a little bit of leather -- new leather, not sweaty leather," says one fan of wild yeast Brettanomyces in booze.

U.N. climate report was censored

The summary of the latest big IPCC report was watered down by rich countries, which don't want to be blamed for climate change or called upon to help poor countries survive it.

This guy is taking the world’s longest road trip in an electric car

So far he's driven from the Northwest to Maine to Florida in a Tesla Model S, all without paying a dime for gas. And the trip's not over yet.

Custom Snowboards Made from “Right in Our Back Yard” Wood: Empire Grown

I’ve become really tired of the word “artisan” (or “artisanal”) on products: as far as I can see, it generally means “expensive.” I rarely see that such products involve the kind of loving, caring creativity undertaken by a true artisan. Show More Summary

The tiny house documentary is finally (almost) here! Peek inside the result

Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller built the 127-foot space without a plan. Gutsy!

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