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Still time to vote for Gristmill in 2008 Weblog Awards

You didn't know Gristmill was a candidate for something? Right, and I suppose next you'll tell me that you were paying attention to some other voting thing-y going on. Well, chill. There's still time to elect Gristmill as the Best Tropical Topical Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards. But only until tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 11, at 10:00 p.m. EST. So get out there and rock our vote.

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Vote for Gristmill in the 8th Annual Weblog Awards

This is for all you loyal readers out there who turn to Gristmill, day in and day out, for your recommended daily intake of leafy green commentary. Actually, this is a shameless plug for anyone who kinda sorta likes and/or reads Grist/Gristmill. Give a little bloggy love in return by nominating Grist's own blog, Gristmill, for one of the following categories in the 8th Annual Weblog Awards, aka the 2008 Bloggies. The illustrious, insightful, and ever-so-modest Gristmill blog is eligible for (and dare we suggest, most deserving of) the following categories: Weblog of the Year Best American Weblog Best Writing …

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What everyone’s saying about Grist’s new book, Wake Up and Smell the Planet

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, I'm sure you've been hearing over and over again all the glowing praises for Grist's slick new book, Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day. What? You've never even heard of it? That must be an awfully nice rock you're camping under. To bring you up to speed: Wake Up and Smell the Planet represents the pivotal and profound expression of the translation of contemporary environmental metaphysics into the palpable form of quotidian life ... Gotcha! We're actually just trying to guide real people …

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What the fate of two old turtles says about China’s future

Having spent two summers researching amphibians and reptiles, I have a poster of endangered frogs and salamanders on my wall what one might call a healthy fascination with these endearing ectotherms. Being thus inclined, my eyes lit up when I stumbled on The New York Times' latest feature, "China's Turtles, Emblems of a Crisis." It's part six of their series China: Choking on Growth, in which they "examin[e] the human toll, global impact and political challenge of China's epic pollution crisis." So, China and pollution, nothing new right? Another species on its way out -- isn't a different one kicking …

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