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Are these small dogs more eco-friendly than your lab? [SLIDESHOW]

Man's best friend may also be man's best accomplice in degrading our natural environment. Don't let Fido fool you with those puppy-dog eyes -- behind that furry facade is a cold-blooded carbon emitter. OK, that might be stretching it, but your pet's carbon pawprint is probably larger than you think. We're not barking mad -- take a look at the stats. A medium-sized dog eats about 360 pounds of meat annually -- more than the average American human, who consumes about 200 pounds (and that's still a lot). "Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the …

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Recycled Island: De-junk the ocean with this trashy idea

Recycled island -- paradise upon piles of plastics?Photo courtesy of WHIM architectureLand ho! Or is it? With the growing mass of trash accumulating in the Pacific Ocean, it's about time somebody started to make mountains out of these molehills of trash. WHIM architecture, a cutting-edge company based in the Netherlands, has a new proposal that's anything but garbage -- they want to create a habitable, floating island in the Pacific made from the mounds of plastic waste that swirl around in the Pacific Ocean's currents. WHIM has three goals for their so-called Recycled Island: Clean the ocean of all that …

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Will these critters be endangered by the Gulf gusher?

These congresscritters are top recipients of contributions from the oil and gas sector -- and some of its most vocal supporters, even in the face of a catastrophically unpopular oil leak. Might the Gulf-spill mess threaten their survival? Well, don't bet on it ...  Photo: Republican Conference via Flickr Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) "I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation [BP] can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown -- in this case a $20 billion shakedown." -- June 17, …