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From Teri to the Thames

Katrina's ka-ching No national environmental crisis would be complete without celebs cashing in. We bring you Teri Hatcher, who's unveiled a line of ugly (oops! did we type that out loud?) T-shirts to support hurricane relief. Meanwhile, Michael Moore may be considering a Katrina disast-umentary. That'll show the penguins who's boss. My cup runneth over "Football" fans are already salivating for next year's World Cup in Germany. Now the eco-minded among them have reason to riot (uh, celebrate): climate-neutral finals. Investments in biogas facilities in India ought to offset at least half the fans' beer farts. Curb appeal Inimitable crankster …

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From Elton to Engines

A pinch of Elton John Last we knew, there were two recipes in England: fish 'n' chips and spotted dick. But there must be more, if a new celeb cookbook is any indication. A Fair Feast, whose proceeds support sustainable agriculture, includes contributions from Minnie Driver, Nigella Lawson, and Sir Elton John. Who we hear makes really good ... fish 'n' chips. Earth to Toyota, come in Toyota The much-ballyhooed World Expo in Japan (which we neglected to ballyhoo -- our bad) wraps up this month. One of the most-hyped innovations there: Toyota's "i-unit" personal mobility vehicle. Inspired by leaves …

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From Liz to Living Libraries

No business like Liz business No matter how wholesome Elizabeth Hurley's organic baby food turns out to be, it can't make up for the cruelty of denying her child the opportunity to breast-feed. What? Why are you looking at us like that? Is that organic spandex? Research indicates that exercising makes you smarter and that exposure to nature makes you happier. Conclusion? Drag your dumpy, depressed, dimwitted ass off the couch and get to a green gym, where you can get fit while improving the environment. Incredibly Tiny: The new Way Too Big A new "subtractive design" movement is under …

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From Size to Spies

It's not the size of the turtle, it's how you save it Photo: WiLDCOAST. "My man doesn't need turtle eggs," says the sultry model in a controversial Mexican ad campaign, which urges men to stop buying the alleged aphrodisiacs and help save the endangered sea creatures. But does he need a Hummer H2? Money-mouth co-location Two climate-change skeptics just bet climate expert James Annan $10,000 that the globe would cool this decade. Meanwhile, peak oil Pollyanna John Tierney bet gloomy oil expert Matt Simmons $5,000 that oil wouldn't top $200 a barrel by 2010. Way to up the apocalyptic ante. …

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From Lubes to Lemurs

Lube job Folks sometimes worry about sustainability during sex -- just not the environmental kind. To make your pleasure greener there's the Veg Sex Shop, a collection of vegan and eco-friendly sex toys, including a solar-powered vibrator and a dazzling variety of oils and lubes. Look on the bright side Global warming may result in planetwide catastrophe, but at least it's an excuse for a quick nap. Researchers recommend that folks in warming climes start taking mid-afternoon siestas. The End Is Nigh -- no sense working yourself to death. Space bikes The worldwide internets were all abuzz this week over …

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From Panties to Pledges

Eco-panties The world's fascination with panties dates back to, oh, probably whenever panties were invented. At U.K.-based GreenKnickers.org, they make them from organic materials or oddball secondhand dresses. You got your eco, you got your panties -- what's not to like? Like Grizzly Adams, but crazy Photo: Timothy Treadwell. Self-proclaimed "kind warrior" Timothy Treadwell lived for 13 years among Alaska's grizzly bears, totally unarmed, filming himself, befriending the bears, and going slightly nuts. Then they ate him. The documentary Grizzly Man opens Friday. I love to ride my biii-cycle Hey, did you know there's been an outbreak of eco-consciousness leading …

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From Ritalin to Ridicule

Nature as Ritalin A small-but-growing body of research shows that exposure to nature can reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For calming your crazed kids, "outside" is the new TV. The Twike Photo: FINE Mobile GmbH. Is it a small car? A motorcycle? A bike? We don't care, we just heart this little two-seater commute-mobile. Good luck getting one -- but if you can, you'll be the talk of your town ... at least until you're run over by a Hummer. Rollin' with sol Photo: Stefano Paltera/North American Solar Challenge. Congratulations to the University of Michigan team (go …

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A Short Review of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson’s books offer environmental ethics with a light touch

Somewhere along the 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine, through the Appalachian and Smoky Mountain chains, I fell in love with Bill Bryson. A walk in the woods. A Walk in the Woods, the venerable travel writer's best-selling 1998 account of hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, conjured memories of adventures I'd had as a kid in the forests where I grew up. Bryson seems to capture my dueling feelings about the woods: beautiful and inspiring from a distance -- "an America that millions of people scarcely know exists" -- yet disorienting and at times menacing from within. "[The] …

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Top 100 science stories of 2004

Discover Magazine's January 2005 issue features a list of the 100 most important scientific discoveries and developments of 2004. The number one story? Global warming. Called "Turning Point," the magazine's three-page feature says that climate change evidence became overwhelming in 2004, and recalls many of the year's headlines, including Russia's signing of the Kyoto Protocol, the premiere of the blockbuster movie The Day After Tomorrow, and Schwarzenegger's vow to defend California's limits on CO2 emissions. It claims hopefully that "it's only a matter of time before the rising tide of evidence washes over the last islands of resistance in Washington." …

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Startling stats on Bush’s and Kerry’s energy agendas

$13.3 million -- amount George W. Bush has received from the energy/natural resources, agribusiness, and transportation sectors during the 2004 presidential campaign1 $1.9 million -- amount John Kerry has received from the energy/natural resources, agribusiness, and transportation sectors during the 2004 presidential campaign2 40 -- number of recommendations made by Dick Cheney's energy task force to speed up energy production, including a call to reconsider drilling on public lands that were previously off-limits3 0 -- number of new domestic drilling sites Kerry plans to open4 9+ -- number of times Kerry has voted against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife …