April 2012

Critical List: Americans link climate change to hot weather; yet another Keystone XL bill

The majority of Americans are convinced that climate change had something to do with the warm winter and last year’s super hot summer. Good news: They believe climate change has consequences. Bad news: When it gets cold, they’ll be convinced we fixed it. House Republicans are going to vote today on yet another bill that would require federal approval of Keystone XL. (The White House has said it will veto the bill.) Apple and Amazon have the dirtiest data centers, Google has the most energy-efficient, according to a new Greenpeace report.

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Politics

Occupy Wall Street 2.0: A chat with the editor of Adbusters

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn is largely credited for conceptualizing and starting the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park. Here, he talks about his vision for the future.

Beyond hugging trees: Russian forest activist puts her life on the line, inspires democracy movement

Evgenia Chirikova won a Goldman Environmental Prize for her crusade to stop an illegal road through a preserved forest outside Moscow. Her work has inspired activists all over Russia -- and now the world.

Cities

Politically conservative cities suck for pedestrians

Walkin’ in politically conservative cities, walkin’ in politically conservative cities, nobody walks in politically conservative citiiiiies. Okay this is not very catchy, but Will Oremus at Slate has noticed that it’s true. The most walkable cities are reliably politically liberal — the 19 most walkable are all in states that voted for Obama in 2008, and even the largest conservative cities didn’t crack the top 20.

Cities

Bill Nye explains why the city of the future is bike-friendly

The city of the future has showers at the office for bike commuters, weatherproof bike highways, and tunnels engineered to create helpful tailwinds, according to Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Cities

Moscow looks awesome from space

NASA’s image of the day today is a night shot of Moscow, seen framed by the Aurora Borealis and the solar panels of the International Space Station.

Living

Traditional Chinese medicine contains endangered animals, carcinogens

It’s probably best not to make all your meals out of pink slime and enriched HFCS, but a word to the wise: “Natural” doesn’t always mean safe.

Sustainable Farming

Joel Salatin responds to New York Times’ ‘Myth of Sustainable Meat’

Is sustainable meat production possible? Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin takes on a recent New York Times op-ed point by point.

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