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Critical List: Meat consumption must drop 50 percent; Los Angeles the Energy Star of cities

We going to have to eat half as much meat as we do now in order to curb climate change.

After Deepwater Horizon, throughout the Gulf "things are just a little bit out of kilter," says the head of NOAA's restoration team.

With 659 certified Energy Star buildings, Los Angeles has the most of any city in the country.

The House just won't give up on trying to force Keystone XL approval through.

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Now you can smell like fake whale vomit

Finally, thanks to modern science, you no longer have to feed a whale a bathing suit full of rotten fish to get a supply of precious ambergris, the whale-vomit-derived material used in perfumes. Researchers have worked out a way to reliably synthesize ambergris from plants. 

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Everyone in Beijing is ditching bikes, except for the foreigners

In 1986, 60 percent of the citizens of Beijing rode bikes; now 17 percent do. In an age in which every industrialized nation with even the slightest desire to get through the 21st century with its oil-dependent economy intact is ramping up efforts to make its cities more bike friendly, China is undergoing a grand reversal, a de-bikification on a scale only China could manage.

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America’s largest urban Superfund site gets cute new mascot

Now that gentrification has come to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., it's time to clean it up! The EPA is on the case, although it's going to take decades to cleanse this narrow cul-de-sac of a waterway so foul that nothing can live in its opaque waters.

In order to get people excited about the process of turning the canal into something that will stop depressing local property values, the Gowanus Community Advisory Group has decided that the project needs a mascot, reports Gary Buiso at the New York Post.

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Watch plants swallow up tiny houses in this weird living artwork


Artist Rob Carter is interested in the relationship between the built environment and nature, and his newest exhibition, which opens tomorrow in New York City, features mini replicas of three homesteads -- Charles Darwin's, Henry David Thoreau's, and Sir John Bennet Lawes'. The miniatures live in a garden of dandelions, bush beans, and corn, which over the course of the exhibit will take over the houses:

Viewers are invited to witness as the garden overcomes the estates in Carter’s controlled but fragile ecosystem in three distinct ways: time-based video projections, peepholes cut into the sides of the garden, and from an elevated viewing platform.

Read more: Green Home

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Dude singlehandedly finds homes for 500 unwanted trees

O'Brien, on the right, is a one-man Humane Society for trees.

Members of a group called Plant Amnesty are kind of like real-life Loraxes (Lorices?), if the Lorax actually did something to save the Truffula trees instead of just wagging his finger like some kind of pre-internet concern troll.

Exemplifying their ethos is Bernie O'Brien, a resident of Seattle who has saved at least 500 trees, digging them up by hand -- including arboreal monsters that weighed up to 400 pounds, reports the Seattle Times.

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Critical List: Nebraska legislature kickstarts Keystone XL planning; NASA’s climate skeptics

The Nebraska legislature passed a bill that'll kickstart planning for the rerouted Keystone XL pipeline.

Turns out a bunch of former NASA employees are also climate skeptics.

Canada's unlikely to meet its 2020 goal for carbon emissions cuts.

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9-year-old builds the world’s cutest recycled cardboard arcade

Nine-year-old Caine didn't build his home arcade out of cardboard because he wanted to recycle -- he did it because he likes arcades, has access to a lot of boxes, and is a DIY genius. But you can't help but be inspired by his innovative remaking. And you definitely can't help but be a little thrilled when a local filmmaker drums up a huge flash mob to come make Caine's arcade dream a reality.

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What’s inside a school lunch burger? 26 ingredients, and only one is meat

What will you see when NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen takes you inside a school lunch burger patty? Some pretty startling colors -- blue copper gluconate, red cyanocobalamin -- and some 10-dollar names like thiamine mononitrate and pyridoxine hydrochloride.

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