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This company will mail you eco-friendly men’s undies every three months

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DaDa

Do you love staring at men's crotches, but get annoyed when they complain of the cold? That’s what men’s underwear is for! We’re pretty sure you knew about THAT, but here’s an innovation you might NOT be familiar with: eco-friendly tighty-whities by mail every three months. It’s like wine of the month for your guy’s willy! DaDa DaDa’s Quarterly Underwear Club wants to swaddle men’s junk in super-soft undies made from seaweed, coffee grinds, coconut, bamboo, or organic cotton. Styles range from briefs, boxer-briefs, and boxers to long johns, tank tops, and a retro board-short style. If that's not arousing …

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Forget golf course views; new subdivisions are being built around farms

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Bellisimo
Historic barn and outbuildings are being rehabbed as part of the Bucking Horse housing development in Colorado.

Unless you're a wealthy white man, you probably don't play golf. So a home overlooking a water-hogging, pesticide-doused golf course from which players might accidentally strike tiny, hard balls in your direction is probably not your cup of tea.

But since you read Grist, chances are you care about food and like to eat local.

Developers are starting to realize that a lot of Americans like you might prefer to live near a farm than near a golf course. Nebraska's NPR and PBS affiliate chronicles the growing number of subdivisions that are being built around farms, replete with livestock and crops:

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Santa, NO! Climate change will threaten reindeer

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Onion

On Dancer, Shmancer, and whatever your names are! Please take Santa up into the sky with some duct tape for the ozone, because pretty soon y’all are gonna get as hot as Rudolph’s nose is red.

In the next 60 years, climate change could shrink reindeer habitat in Canada by 90 percent, according to a new study. That’s not only bad news for Schnitzel Blitzen but shitty for native people whose diets are based on caribou (which is technically what reindeer are called). Postmedia News reports:

It is estimated more than two million caribou roam Canada from Ellesmere Island to British Columbia, with some herds covering thousands of kilometers during their annual migrations. But biologists say many of the populations are threatened and in decline. ...

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Brooklyn’s new Whole Foods will sell vinyl records, be a total cliché

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Rolf Venema

Get excited: An expensive haven for organic-loving tattooed liberals* is opening in Brooklyn today! Or in plain language, a Whole Foods. A ginormous, 56,000-square-foot Whole Foods ... with a vinyl record selection. Because late-20s would-be Lena Dunhams need something to round out the fair trade kumquat and organic french-fried onions in their basket.

Writes Brownstoner:

[The store] will have a section devoted to vinyl records and reclaimed vinyl jewelry by Brooklyn-based Wrecords by Monkey, The New York Daily News said. “We really wanted Brooklyn to feel like this was their store,” the Daily News quoted a spokesman as saying. There will be frozen pizza from Roberta’s and vegan ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.

No word on whether the store will also sell cronuts and shrines to Sloane Crosley.

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Papa wheelie: Is there one dad bike to rule them all?

The New Wheel

As I wrote earlier, I love living without a car. Also, I just bought a car. It sits in our driveway, blocking the access to the shed where we keep our bikes. I should say, my wife Beth keeps her bike in the shed. A thief took mine. And what a bike it was. It was a Bianchi Brava, lightweight, fast, and sexy. I loved the way it looked, the way it lifted easily to my shoulder to leave the subway, the way it leapt forward when I put some muscle behind the pedals. Here, behold: The dearly departed. Well, that's …

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In a nut shell: Only you can help us squirrel away a victory

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Kelsey Amelia Bates

Delivering green news to 2 million people a month is expensive.

We are 987 donations away from our goal of 2,500 gifts by midnight tonight. Please help us close the gap. Click here to pitch in.

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We’re still losing ice at the poles

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One of the key indicators and consequences of global warming is ice loss at the Earth’s poles. As the planet warms, on average and over time, more ice melts every summer. It refreezes in the winter, but again, as temperatures rise, in general we’ll see less ice at any given time as compared to the year before.

The situation for the two poles is different. In the north, the Arctic ice floats on the ocean, and in the south, the Antarctic ice is over land and sea. This means that they ways they melt -- how quickly, how much, even where specifically in those regions -- are different. Still, the fact is the ice at both poles is melting. We’ve known this for quite some time.

And some new data show it’s even worse than we thought.

Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent in Sep. 2013, two days earlier than usual. The orange line is the median minimum extent from 1981 - 2010; note how much lower the ice was this year.
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Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent in Sep. 2013, two days earlier than usual. The orange line is the median minimum extent from 1981 - 2010; note how much lower the ice was this year.
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Fight over frac-sand mining heads to the polls

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Glenwood City, Wis., is home to just 1,200 people, but on Tuesday the voices of the town’s residents will reverberate statewide. They'll be casting ballots dealing with one of Wisconsin’s fastest-growing environmental threats: mining for sand that’s used by the fracking industry.

Mayor John Larson is among the members of the city council who want to redraw the city’s borders, annexing silica-rich farmland into city limits and allowing a Texan company, Vista Sand, to mine it. Larson believes a frac-sand mine could help solve the city’s economic woes. “We have a beautiful little town,” Larson told The Dunn County News. “But we educate our kids, then watch them move away because there are no jobs.”

Larson refused to put the annexation and mine proposal up for a citywide referendum, opting instead to negotiate with mine company officials during closed-door meetings. That sparked a lot of anger among townsfolk worried about the air pollution, heavy truck traffic, noise, and water contamination that so often accompany frac-sand mining.

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Obama delayed regulations until after the election, but that’s just a symptom of the problem

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Did the Obama administration delay the process of issuing public health and safety regulations until after the president was reelected? That’s the attention-grabbing accusation reported Sunday in The Washington Post and in a new report from the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that advises on regulatory issues. Both the ACUS report and the Post article are based on anonymous interviews with current and former administration officials.

The allegations, if true, suggest that the Obama administration meddled in the bureaucratic rule-making process and allowed the public to be left in danger from unsafe pollutants out of fear that political blowback would damage Obama’s chances in 2012. On the record, environmentalists and even industry opponents of regulation say rule-making notably slowed down in 2012.

The Post reports:

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Watch people try to walk in storm winds so powerful they’re almost blown off their feet

Storm Ivar left tens of thousands without power this weekend in Norway, but Norwegians are so hardy that they were out in the shopping district regardless. They are not, however, so hardy -- or so heavy -- that they were able to stroll around easily in winds so strong that one man was blown off the sidewalk and into the street.

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