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Climate-news poem: Tween-pop edition

Show them all the Jonas they possess inside. It's easy to smirk at Selena and MileyThey don't seem to work, and they're far too smiley.And when they record a new eco-song,Who can afford to listen for long? But here is the thing us fogeys must know:When tween angels sing, even if the songs blow, The messages hurled in each sappy chorus Will help save the world -- for the next ones, not for us.   Hat tip to Ecorazzi -- if you give hat tips to people who make bad songs burrow into your brain.  

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A test of six recycled-paper napkins

Apparently I have a confession to make: I was, until this time, unaware of the fascinating depth of the world of paper napkins. Word.osde8info via flickrTo begin with, there was my discovery that there are "lunch napkins" -- the square, scratchy kind -- and "dinner napkins," the comparatively elegant, rectangular, softer kind. Seriously? I'd never noted this distinction at the store, let alone honoring it at my dinner (I mean lunch) table. More to the point, there are my newfound feelings of confusion over my lifelong paper-napkin use. Do I, like the average American, really use 2,200 paper napkins a …

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Climate-news poem: Blank(enship) verse edition

Here at Grist, we occasionally visit Twitter and see pure poetry -- and we're far from alone in that. Earlier this week, colleagues suggested that the lyrical, insightful tweets of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship might in fact be better read as haikus. Let's give it a shot, paraphrasing ever-so-slightly where we must. Cash 4 Clunkers is Enviro hypocrisy It makes toxic smoke The world's polluted Because we cannot build plants ...In America The greatest source ofPollution is not indus-try. It's ignorance. The cap and trade bill Should be the "High ElectricBill" bill. Who'd want that? Which worries you mostControlling …

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Kimberly-Clark, Greenpeace hug it out

Greenpeace USA Engaging in a bit of a lovefest, Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark announced today that the paper-products giant has finally agreed to clean up its act. It will source the fiber for its tissue products, under brand names that include Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle, from "environmentally responsible sources," including those that are FSC-certified and recycled. The company has also committed to end the purchase of non-FSC fibers from Canada's Boreal forest by 2011. For its part, Greenpeace will drop the five-year-old Kleercut campaign that has long urged Kimberly-Clark to quit destroying the Boreal just so cold-sufferers can experience a softer …

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Climate-news poem: Forgery edition

There once was a firm known as BonnerWhose tactics were lacking in honor."Can't get white letters read?We'll forge brown ones instead!"Oh Bonner, you should be a goner. Whose words these are I think I know.AFLCIO2008 via flickr  

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Solar chargers, real and imagined

The real news of the day: there's now a solar-powered charger for iPhones. The more entertaining news: At Comic-Con this weekend, Jimmy Fallon dressed up as a solar-powered superhero called "Recharger" and tried to sell his idea to, among others, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and that hot guy from Lost. This skit is way too long. Enjoy.

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Climate-news poem: George Will edition

Photo: Chalky LivesGeez, I gotta shout!Every time I read aboutOp-ed columns in the PoRife with Willful mis-info.George is at it once again:Every time he dips his penWe are treated to a rantIntellectually scant.Luckily there do aboundLots of people who have foundInteresting ways to takeSwipes at comments that are fake.As they pointed out last time,Data truly show our climeOpposite from being wellUtterly is shot to hell.Climate change is not a faction.Here at last we're taking action.Even if we have to chooseBellbottoms and platform shoes!As you know, disco is back --George should check his facts, that hack. Read previous climate poems.  

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The greenest grocery store, biggest “living wall,” and more eco-innovations

The green-building news is coming so fast and furious it can be hard to delve deeply into each story. So here's a survey of a few of the shiniest, brand-spankin'-newiest, innovativest projects taking shape: The nation's greenest green grocer.Fore SolutionsHannaford Supermarket, Augusta, Maine. This grocery store in the Pine Tree State's unassuming, working-class capital has earned top honors from the U.S. Green Building Council: LEED Platinum certification. It's the first supermarket in the country to do so, and the regional chain -- which made green headlines in the past for being certified as an organic retailer -- hopes it won't …

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Climate-news poem: G8 edition

With deepest apologies to INXS. Congregate, heads of state, don't be late, big G8Planet's fate, cannot wait,Don't stall debate or hesitate, designate your carbon rateA one world state, Italianate, on July 8, won't abrogateA gentle trait, a balding pate, a girlish gait, pontificateWe'll predicate our specs ornate, officiate, not deviateGreen groups berate, gesticulate, packed in a crate, their sounds abate.Congregate, heads of state, pasta ate, it was great. Fritter away more of your time by checking out previous verses.    Boom boom, ain't it G8 to be crazy.WhiteHouse.gov

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Climate-news poem: Breath-catching edition

They're not just poems, they're vaguely educational poems! Check 'em out. After the fence-jump frenzy, this week is sweet relief.Bill passed! And all react to that with gasps of disbelief. Just breathe.Yet as it was each time the bill got closer to the floor,We must remember that it's in for hurdles, many more. The good news is the Democrats could soon be pulling rank inClimate votes, thanks to the win of Senator Al Franken. But back to now: assaults are spat at all the House "defectors" Malkin and Beck berate, while Rush randomly hectors. They hardly even cared that California …

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