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bag of tricks

Eco-amnesia costs the U.S. $20 billion a year

California stands to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags. Opponents claim it will doom consumers because it's so hard to remember to bring reusable bags shopping. Seriously?

"He deserves the win"

Prius will no longer be silent under 5 mph

The silent approach of the Prius' hybrid-electric motor is legendary. It's even managed to establish itself as the weapon of choice in modern TV duels. But some noisy news from Toyota shows that's all about to change.

California greening

Anti-Prop 23 campaign taps out-of-state donors

Opponents of California Prop 23, which would suspend the state's climate bill AB 32, are moving beyond clean tech and hitting up out-of-state donors.

shifting gears

A global shift to renewable energy: But will it be fast enough?

Despite a global economic crisis, a new energy economy is emerging on a scale that we could not have imagined. And it is a worldwide phenomenon.

Friday Flashback

Mystery island, magical bikes, and 8 other green stories to keep you in the loop

Here's some under-the-radar items that will provide some snappy repartee fodder for your weekend social soirees.

Waste not, want not

Flush away greenhouse gases

First, came the chicken poo-powered fuel cell. Now a district plans to convert its wastewater plants to run on -- you guessed it -- people poo.

Happy retirement

Utilities can meet EPA standards without threatening reliability

Coal utilities are trying to scare Congress into thinking that if EPA follows up with its planned regulations, electricity rates will soar and there will be reliability problems in the electricity grid. Is it true? According to a comprehensive new analysis, no.

falling behind

The U.S.-China three legged race

Visualize the US and China tethered together, but each trying to beat the other to a prize more valuable than hot dogs: dominance in the 21st century

snack, crackle, pop

The (incredibly loud) sound of SunChips on the Today Show — featuring Grist!

Watch the Today Show -- and me! -- break down the issue of SunChips' new and noisy biodegradable bag.

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