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It sure is sexy being green

… especially at an auto show

Possibly in an attempt to convince attendees that a green auto show actually can be sexy, the UK's Eden Project named their eco-car fiesta -- wait for it -- "the Sexy Green Auto Show." Luckily it seems to be living up to its moniker with an abundance of tempting auto treats, from a Volkswagen that gets 72 mpg to a racing car that can run on a 50 percent blend of jatropha nut biodiesel. And god bless 'em, I saw zero scantily clad babes in the show's program -- just a whole lot of carbon fiber and flex-fuel engines. Now …

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Light for your rights

So last week, my roommates were out of town. And just before they left, one of their cars was broken into and slightly trashed. Alas, this simple act of vandalism has ushered in a new era of paranoia in the house -- and in the twisted funhouse that is my brain. Needless to say, I did not sleep well while I was alone in the house. Lord knows, I could have used this stylish and oh-so-practical nightlight made from recycled cans. Its tiny beam of yellow brilliance would have shone a bit of happy reality into my nasty nighttime imaginings. …

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Funny ha-ha and funny peculiar/terrifying

It’s

Oh, dear. This video is HIGH-larious. And at the same time utterly, utterly depressing. Without further ado: "What We Call the News."

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Great Britain

Way to channel that consumerism!

Jane Austen. Monty Python. Ricky Gervais. My Anglophilia runs amok, people. And it just spiked again. According to easier.com, 25 percent of British motorists are planning on buying a car in the coming year -- and a full one-fifth of them have made buying a "green" car their priority. That's three times more green-thusiasm than a year ago. 'Course the number of drivers looking to buy cars in the first place could use a little help -- one-quarter seems a tad steep. Still, a big pip-pip to the British isles for at least channeling their rampant consumerism in the proper …

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Pangea's labyrinth

Great finds in the search for green cosmetics

I smell yummy. Very very yummy. So yummy, in fact, that my roommate's dog just tried to lick all the yumminess off my face. Still, even that salivary interlude couldn't kill my French Rosemary With Sweet Orange buzz. I'm on a mission to replace all my pharmacy-bought personal care products with non-toxic, petrochemical-free alternatives. Alas, it's been slow going, especially in the skin care department. It took me years, after all, to find cleansers and moisturizers that simultaneously control my oiliness, don't dry me out, and prevent breakouts. (Sigh.) Saying good-bye to those standbys is tough. I decided to try …

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How deep is Gore love?

That Al Gore. Such a busy guy. Apparently, in between getting nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, stealing the show at the Oscars, and testifying before Congress, he's found time to heal a former Beatle's tender heart. This, from TMZ.com: While Heather Mills dances with the stars, soon-to-be-ex hubby Paul McCartney is getting hot and heavy with a new squeeze. The beleaguered Beatle has been spotted a lot lately with Sabrina Guinness, of, yes, the Guinness Stout beer empire. Guinness, 52, was spotted recently with McCartney, his daughter Stella and her husband Alasdhair Willis. McCartney told Brit rag the Daily …

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A bad pap

Yet another reason for your bile to rise when you hear the word "paparazzi": their choice in vehicles. Check out this impressive (or should I say unimpressive?) lineup of pap-owned SUVs parked in front of Britney Spears' house last week. Couldn't a couple of you chase the starlets around in a Civic or something?

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Julia styles

Julia Roberts greens up

Nothing like another child on the way to get a gal thinking about the health of the planet. Apparently, Julia Roberts, who's preggo again, is planning to green up her Malibu abode with some solar panels, recycled tiles, and sustainable wood products. Granted, said gal has been mulling such matters for a while now. (She's a spokeswoman for Earth Biofuels.) Which explains her recent courageous decision to convert from a hybrid to a vegetable-oil-fueled auto despite the danger of smelling "like a French fry." Just think, Julia. You could turn this delightful new aroma of yours into a kajillion-selling celebrity …

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Don't hate the player, hate the game

Practice your politics with the BBC’s Climate Challenge

The climate is in crisis. The world is a mess. Think things would be better if you ruled the universe (or at least a developed nation)? Here's your chance to test out that theory. Play the BBC's Climate Challenge game and you'll take on the role of president of a powerful European nation. Your mission: 1) convincing other world leaders to climb aboard the emission reduction train; 2) adopting a mix of climate-friendly national policies that will neither starve nor alienate the voting citizenry. Not a mean trick, that. My first try, I embraced my inner climate zealot and got …

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Ode to olive oil soap

The lazy girl’s (and guy’s) secret to toxin-free moisturizing

No, that's not an overstatement, and, no, I don't have secret stock in some Greek olive oil soap manufacturer (though come to think of it, that's not a bad idea). What I do have is just-shy-of-leathery skin and a lazy streak when it comes to moisturizing anything but my face. Not so good traits when you're 10 -- even worse when you're pushing 33. Once I finally accepted that I wasn't a moisturizer gal and threw out the three or four bottles of unused (department store-brand) lotions I'd generally kept kicking around, I started dabbling in shower gels. They claimed, …

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