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crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

Just because you’re at a bus stop doesn’t mean the show won’t go on.Photo: LittleglobeIf you take the Crosstown #5 bus in the Land of Enchantment known as Santa Fe, New Mexico, look forward to becoming a fan of the opera. Next fall a group of artists called Littleglobe will be aiming to hit the high and low notes about the diverse (and segregated) communities that hop these city buses by performing an ever-changing, interactive opera on actual bus lines. Don't just keep your eyes in the aisle, however, or you'll miss the window dressing: Santa Fe citizens who live …

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yo, homes, smell you hata

Teens label Abercrombie and Fitch's constant stink 'air pollution'

Photo: Teens Turning Green By maintaining a constant level of cologne sprayed both inside and outside their stores, Abercrombie and Fitch gives everyone the chance to be the prince of a town called Smell-Air. However, health and environmental advocates led by a group of teens are turning up their noses at the company's cologne-clouded judgment, forcing themselves to mix with the toxic scents during a protest outside of a San Francisco Abercrombie and Fitch. There are plenty of unregulated toxics in other perfumes that these youth could be fuming over as well, but according to the protesters, Abercrombie is the …


not just taking you for a ride

New Yorkers get free public transit to Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' [VIDEO]

Don't go crazy trying to figure out the most environmentally friendly way to get from New York City to Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C. on October 30. Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, has got you covered. Leave your hybrid at home and bus it with HuffPost! "We have as many buses as there are people to fill them," Huffington promised to Stewart on The Daily Show Tuesday night. What's the "Rally to Restore Sanity"? It's Jon Stewart's "call to reasonableness" ... "for the people who've been too busy to go to rallies." It coincidentally falls …

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I'm smitten, Ms. Jackson

A love song for Lisa Jackson, EPA chief

It's not every day that the top administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a love song written for her. But when "Lisa is so sweet, but so intense," how could anyone resist her regulatory charms? Oh. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of weird, offbeat, and/or just plain funny green news, sent out every Friday.


the name game

Grocery stores try setting up fake farmers markets

Are we nothing but oblivious veggie zombies salivating at the mere mention of "farmers markets"?Image: Composite via evisionarts and Without a doubt, farmers markets have got a good thing growing. Unfortunately, sneaky copycats have been cropping up as they try to get their paws on the green that comes with that success. In June, Safeway supermarkets in Seattle set up stacks of fruits and veggies outside of their own stores with signs announcing a "Farmers Market." The mangos on display, however, didn't stack up with Washington weather and pressure from local groups prompted the stores to change the posters …


bug appetit

Your meat is too big — try this worm instead

Come get some grub!Photo: Dane Larsen Americans have issues with meat. They eat too much too often, and the means of production all too commonly end up being unhealthy for animal, person, and planet. Maybe meat itself isn't the problem. What if the meat Americans are eating is just too big?  A growing trend in sustainable eating seems to favor the flavor of the small: mini cows, goats, squab (pigeons!), and most crunchy -- insects. From a daily diet of caterpillars in the Congo to Brooklynites going bug-eyed over mod mealworms, entomophagy (bug eating) is slowly worming its way onto …

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Does this make my asphalt look fat?

Shell serves up a tasty crude oil 'salad'

Life Magazine ran all of the craziest oil ads (by today's standards), as this 1947 Shell Oil advertisement shows. Now I like a good vinaigrette, but this one is a little too heavy on the oil for me. Petrole-yum? Via BoingBoing. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of weird, offbeat, and/or just plain funny green news, sent out every Friday.


let the greenie out of the bottle

Booze in bulk with self-serve wine dispensers

Carrot vending machines are pretty nice. Wine vending machines are even nicer. And the nicest of all is the machine that lets green-minded winos buy their Bordeaux blends in bulk. Just BYOB -- bring your own bottle -- and fill 'er up for about $2/liter. Yes, you may soon be able to guzzle down all of the planetary benefits of buying in bulk from pump-your-own tanks of wine in grocery stores. Waste not, wine a lot, no? Started at eight grocery stores across France, rumor has it that these tanked tanks may be jumping the pond over to some U.S. …

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Go, fish!

Let this poor little fish teach you to save water

Whoa! Sorry, little fishy friend!Photo: Yan Lu "Geeez! Save some water for the whales!" I can't even count how many times I heard that while standing in line at the drinking fountain in grade school. Just in case you don't have bothersome fourth graders handy to remind you not to use sooo much water, designer Yan Lu has a solution. Rather than publicly shaming you into more mindful water consumption, his "Poor Little Fish basin" casts a line that tugs on your heart strings instead. Leave that faucet flagrantly running and pitiful little Goldie the Goldfish will see the water …

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Ben & Jerry's latest flavor: genetically engineered fish

Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim (left) and Friends of the Earth’s biotechnology policy campaigner Eric Hoffman (right) are ice creaming against this fishy business.Photo: Friends of the Earth via FlickrMost ice cream lovers probably wouldn't line up for any flavor dubbed "Something's Fishy." That is, unless it were Ben & Jerry's phamous Phish Food in political disguise. Because Ben & Jerry's cone not stand the thought of genetically engineered (GE) salmon -- it fears GE cows will mooove in next -- the company has taken an official stance against AquaBounty's GE salmon currently being examined by the FDA. Last …

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