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Alive after Live Earth

Your intrepid Grist correspondent sweats through an arena concert, so you don’t have to

Don't ever say we never did anything for you. On Saturday, while you were cavorting in the surf, grilling organic free-range meat on the barbecue (or is that barbecuing meat on the grill?), or kicking back with a good book in the sweet, sweet air conditioning, Grist was sweating at Live Earth New York. Er, New Jersey. Whatever. We suffered through sets by Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Roger Waters, and the Police to report back -- to YOU, dear Grist reader -- from the front lines of global eco-activism. Or something like that. Check back soon for my report from the …

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Did anyone catch that freakin' holograph of Al Gore at Live Earth Tokyo?

Check it out

If not, here it is. Man that's cool. I wish we had one of Chip standing on his head.

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Toyotaing with our hearts

Car company on national tour to pimp hybrids

If you want to learn more about hybrids, or uh, at least Toyota's take on hybrids, the company is on a "Highway to the Future" national tour to hook some more folks on their line of hybrid cars, talk about alternative fuels, and offer some ideas about reducing your carbon footprint. And as we learned this week, you can get them up to 100 miles per hour, if you're into that sort of thing. Also, they're quickly becoming the biggest status symbol on the block, for whatever that's worth. And for the other Brokeasses out there who fantasize about Priuses …

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Global warming: It's hard out here for a gray whale

The LA Times reports on global warming and skinny whales

Kenneth Weiss, a surfer/reporter who last year headed the team that won a Pulitzer for the Los Angeles Times for a series on our trashed oceans, returns to the front page today with a story about how global warming appears to be damaging the arctic feeding grounds of the gray whale, leading to "skinny whales" and unusual behaviors. The whales are journeying far to the north of their usual territory looking for the sea-bed crustaceans that make up the bulk of their diet -- and foraging off California and along the western coast as well. The story tops the front …

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Interviews and info on the presidential candidates’ environmental positions

Updated 22 Aug 2008   Forget boxers or briefs. You want to know about the presidential candidates' stances on energy and the environment, right? Well, you've come to the right place. Compare the candidates' green positions using our handy chart. Get a quick rundown on each candidate below, where you'll also find links to interviews with them, fact sheets on their records, and more. (And at the bottom of the page are links to info on candidates who've dropped out of the race.) Descriptions of candidates and their positions are not and should not be perceived as endorsements. Grist does …

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Rule zero: Heal thyself

Offsets should be the last thing you need to turn to

Before you pay others to reduce their emissions on your behalf, you need to do everything reasonably possible to reduce your own emissions first. As the saying goes, "Physician, heal thyself," before presuming to heal other people. This rule is so obvious I almost forgot it. And yet many people, including Google and PG&E, don't seem to get it. The whole point of offsets is not to make you feel good, and it's not to allow you to continue polluting as much as you want (by, say, supporting new coal plants or other dirty forms of power). Offsets are cheap …

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Schwarzenegger in dispute with staff who wants to implement global warming legislation

How progressive can legislation be if it’s never allowed to make progress?

Dan Walters writes in the Sacramento Bee: The messy departure of the chairman and executive director of the Air Resources Board, if nothing else, reflects the extremely intense, largely clandestine struggle in the Capitol over how Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's much-ballyhooed anti-global warming crusade is to be implemented. Schwarzenegger says he fired ARB Chairman Robert Sawyer last week because the veteran energy researcher was moving too slowly on cleaning up the San Joaquin Valley's dirty air. But Sawyer and ARB Executive Director Catherine Witherspoon, who resigned Monday, have a far different version, one that rings truer. They contend that Schwarzenegger's chief …

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Leaving Dustbusters in the Dust

High-tech gadgets will overtake appliances as energy-suckers, says report Primed to overtake kitchen appliances and lighting as the biggest drain on domestic power, high-tech gadgets -- we're talkin' to you, iPhone -- will use nearly half an average household's energy by 2020, according to U.K. nonprofit Energy Saving Trust. In a report cleverly titled "The Ampere Strikes Back," EST points out that many new gadgets don't even have off buttons, but are supposed to be left "in a permanent state of readiness to swing into action" -- on standby, sucking up energy. Computers are one of the biggest energy-guzzling culprits; …

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Stewards Jolly

Mega-corporations sign U.N.-sponsored climate compact More than 150 companies, including Ikea, Unilever, and Coca-Cola, have signed a U.N.-sponsored climate declaration that commits them to setting and reporting on emissions-reduction goals, while asking governments to enact a post-Kyoto, market-based plan. OK, it's a voluntary pact with a touchy-feely name -- "Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform" -- but its very existence speaks volumes about changes in the business world. "Climate change is shaping global markets and global consumer attitudes," says U.N. Environment Program head Achim Steiner. "There will be winners and losers. Companies who ... evolve, innovate, and respond to …

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Have We Mentioned This Big Climate Concert?

Live Earth concerts set to rock the world tomorrow Tomorrow, tomorrow ... Gore loves ya, tomorrow. Live Earth, the much-anticipated event dreamed up by the former veep, will rock 7/7/07 with 24 hours of concerts to raise climate awareness. A total audience of some 2 billion will see Jack Johnson in Sydney, The Police reunited in New Joisey, Madonna in London, or the whole shebang via the internet and XM radio. It's been a long road for Live Earth: a concert in Turkey was called off because of security concerns and lack of local support, U.S. lawmakers put the kibosh …

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