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Tyrion Lannister loves farm animals

Poster by Reddit user JayJay_90.

Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character in Game of Thrones (both the HBO series and the book series, which I refuse to call by its goofy official name), and Peter Dinklage is super-handsome and deserves 300 Emmys. So it's nice to know that, unlike Tyrion, Dinklage wears his good-heartedness openly -- he's the new national spokesperson for the Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals campaign. Book series fans, maybe don't tell them about Pretty the Pig.

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Stray dog follows bikes for 1,000 miles (and beats most of the cyclists)

This adorable terrier-looking pup was hanging around a group of cyclists when they took a break, so one of them gave her chicken. Well, you know what happens when you give a dog chicken: She never leaves your side again, even if you're riding your bike from China to Tibet, covering nearly 40 miles a day and climbing 16,000-foot mountains. The dog, nicknamed Xiaosa, had no choice but to run alongside the bikes for more than 1,000 miles. Because love. And also chicken.

Read more: Animals, Biking

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Report: Corporations are big fat hypocrites about climate change

Corporations are officially people now, and like people, sometimes corporations will loudly say that they believe one thing while their actions reveal another preference entirely. Like a lady who says she wants to settle down but dates only dudes who are apt to move to Hawaii at a moment's notice, American companies having been saying they’re concerned about climate change at the same time that they have been fooling around with trade organizations, think tanks, and lobbying groups that have been working to undermine climate action.

In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) calls companies out on this behavior. Being an organization staffed by scientists with “scientists” in the name, UCS approached this in a rigorous manner: Its team identified 28 publicly traded companies that had intervened in the climate debate in some way, and looked at their lobbying, campaign donations, advocacy work, SEC filings, earning calls, funding of think tanks, and press materials. You know, basically every shred of evidence the companies had left behind.

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Critical List: Obama EPA goes easier on oil producers than Bush EPA; NYC could ban large sodas

The Bush EPA was tougher on oil and gas producers than the Obama EPA -- enforcement actions are at their lowest level in years.

New York City could ban the sale of large sodas.

Properties close to national wildlife refuges have greater value.

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North Carolina tries to outlaw sea-level rise

North Carolina is no stranger to the "if you dislike it then you should have made a law against it" model of legislation, but this is extreme: The state General Assembly's Replacement House Bill 819 would rule that scientists are not allowed to accurately predict sea-level rise. By all legal calculations, the sea level will now rise eight inches by the end of the century. Sure, so far models have predicted an increase of more than three feet, but if they keep that shit up, they're going to JAIL. 

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What does 56 years of tornado data look like? AWESOME

Here's 56 years' worth of tornado tracking data, which makes the eastern half of the U.S. look like it's exploding in a shower of welding sparks or fireworks. Brighter lines represent more violent storms.

Read more: Climate & Energy

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David Attenborough narrates video of a tortoise humping a shoe

You may remember the internet going mildly crazy for this video of a tortoise with sexual identity issues. (Not his identity, just the identity of his chosen mate, which is a Croc.) It had all the hallmarks of a blockbuster -- sexy sexy romance, dubious fashion choices, animals making adorable "enh!" noises. But what it didn't have was David Attenborough.

Well, that has finally been rectified.

Read more: Animals, Media

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This guy’s apartment is the size of a closet

Freelance designer Luke Clark Tyler keeps all his worldly possessions in the same amount of space that McMansion-dwellers allot for clothes and shoes. His Manhattan apartment is the size of a walk-in closet -- 78 square feet, just enough space to park a Mini Cooper. 

Read more: Cities, Green Home, Living

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IKEA subsidiary accused of cutting down centuries-old trees

Shoppers might pay next to nothing for those cheapy cheap tables and chairs and bookshelves at IKEA, but the planet pays a much higher price, Environmental Leader reports. According to a forest conservation nonprofit, an IKEA subsidiary is clear-cutting forests that are hundreds of years old.

[The Global Forest Coalition] -- an alliance of NGOs from more than 40 countries -- alleges that Ikea’s wholly owned logging subsidiary Swedwood has been clear-cutting forests in high biodiversity value areas and logging very old trees in parts of the Russian Karelia region.

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Ithaca mayor turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

After Svante Myrick, 25, became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., he gave up his car to join the estimated 15 percent of his city's residents who walk to work. As mayor, however, Myrick has a prime downtown parking spot reserved for his exclusive use. So instead of letting it stand empty, last week he began to, as he put it, “turn the Mayor's parking space into a park space.”