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Prince Wales on Deforestation

Princes, frogs partner to save rainforests

HRH Prince of Wales (that's His Royal Highness to you peasants) has launched an international online campaign to save the rainforests, appropriately monikered the Prince's Rainforests Project. Prince Charles is joined by his sons William and Harry, along with a few non-royal celebs like Daniel Craig, the Dalai Lama, and an animated frog, in connecting tropical deforestation with the battle against climate change. Quoth The Royal One: If we lose the battle against tropical deforestation, we lose the battle against climate change. The Prince specifically aims this online grassroots crusade at the international climate talks in Copenhagen this December, hoping …

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Playing frogger with the climate

Happy Save the Frogs Day

Hoppy Save the Frogs Day!As I've mentioned before, frogs and other amphibians are doing about as well as the global financial system. The good news is that even though the Year of the Frog (2008) is over, we still have the first annual Save the Frogs Day to get hopped up about the plight of amphibians. Happy Save the Frogs Day! Besides frogs being indicators of ecosystem health, keeping Egyptian Pharaohs in check, and helping create breakthroughs in medicine, I've found another handy reason to support amphibian conservation: saving frogs fights climate change! Let's examine a list of top threats …

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For a limited time only, video

Send in your green questions for Grist for Earth Day answers

Got a burning green question Grist hasn't answered yet? (Hard to believe, I know.) Think quick because you have until 3 PM Pacific today to send 'em in because our big brains -- along with our friends' at Huffington Post Green, Treehugger, Causecast, Chelsea Green, Earthtweet by Brighter Planet, Live Earth, and Worldchanging -- will be answering them in a video montage for Earth Day. You have to submit your questions here via comment or video on Current.com (or to @current_green on Twitter), where they'll be featured in said video package. Besides getting your most dire eco-inquiry explained, it's the …

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Computer power corrupts absolutely, video

Power Down for the Planet video contest issues challenge for greener computing

As an online-only publication using tree-free pencils (also known as "computers"), Grist is familiar with the energy-sucking pitfalls of internet technology. Which is why we think it's so swell that the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) is ganging up with the EPA's ENERGY STAR program for some new-fashioned video contest fun a la Power Down for the Planet. This challenge is mostly aimed at getting universities and their peeps to cut their own IT power consumption and a little bit aimed at communicating about turning off your computer in a creative way. However, you don't have to be a student …

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Hot news + hot earth = Hot Dish

Join new climate-action Facebook application, win rewards

If you haven't already heard, Grist is tickled to be the editorial sponsor of Hot Dish, a climate change news-'n'-activism Facebook app that has all the cool kids talking. It's the brainchild of online social media and news aggregator NewsCloud, made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (Yours truly even had a hand in it.) Hot Dish is where online news meets real-world action to fight climate change. Grist helps drive the conversation around the day's top climate change news, and Hot Dish enables users to share it with each other within the …

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Eating their words

On the importance of getting personal with your food

William Emery, author of Edges of Bounty. Real food doesn't often compete with the delicious paper-and-ink smell of bookstores, but last Saturday, chefs, farmers, photographers, and writers filled Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company with their wares: two appetizing reads. The back-to-back book events featured the authors of Chefs on the Farm and Edges of Bounty. One lesson I walked away with that day was that food is only as good as the relationships on which it's based. These relationships can be between soil and seed, eater and herb, farmer and goat, or even you and your neighbors. Both books' authors …

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Tipping our cap, video

Vote today on your fave carbon cap video

Environmental Defense Action Fund is holding a video contest to "explain in 30 seconds how capping global warming pollution could help solve our oil addiction." They've narrowed down the video submissions to the top five and are encouraging everyone to vote on a favorite by tonight. Check out two of the five videos below and vote on the best one here. The winning video producer will receive the Climate Activist's Choice Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize. How is a freeloader on your couch like carbon-intensive industries? The one below compares capping carbon emissions to capping a cursing habit.

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Logging Facebook time

Grist seeks volunteers for top-secret Facebook project

Do you waste untold hours spend time on Facebook? And enjoy a casual obsession with the latest environmental news? Do you like top-secret projects? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, consider volunteering for one of the highly coveted beta tester spots for Grist's top-secret Facebook project. We'll need virtual volunteers during the first two weeks of February. If you want in, shoot an email with your full name and age to abraun@grist.org. To the curious, non-Facebook folk out there, sorry to leave you hanging for now, but all will be revealed later in February. And in …

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'Project for Awesome', video

Create a ‘Why I heart Grist’ video for Project for Awesome

Do you love Grist? How about making videos? And it's probably safe to assume you're OK with awesome-ness, right? Yeah? Well, you're in luck. Here's your chance to tell the world why you think Grist is so "intelligent," "relevant," and "downright funny" (as it's been said before). In partnership with YouTube, Hank and John Green -- perhaps better known as the VlogBrothers -- are offering to donate $1,000 to one extra-awesome charity in this year's Project for Awesome (P4A). To make sure Grist is that winning (and worthy) charity, just whip up a short YouTube video showcasing your undying love …

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Home-grown change, video

Host a Change is Coming house party this weekend

Change is Coming ... to a house near you! This weekend across the nation, community organizer-types, average Americans, and heck, maybe even you (!) will be flocking to "Change is Coming" house parties to keep up that whole "democracy isn't dead" thing. By asking people to host these events in their communities, Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, is continuing to tap the enormous online grassroots audience that landed Obama in the White House. According to Plouffe, "At the house meetings, you'll reflect on our campaign, discuss the future of this movement, and identify some ways to get involved in your …

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