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Easy, reversible, 100 percent effective birth control is for men only

One of the best things we can do for the planet is stop putting new humans on it, which means promoting safe and effective birth control for people who want to keep their offspring levels between zero and "get that, would you, Deirdre." But hormonal birth control comes with side effects like weight gain, mood swings, blood clots, and Rush Limbaugh. Luckily, there's a birth control option that's safe, quick, easy, reversible, and 100 percent effective for 10 years. But back off, ladies: For once in our lives, this birth control's just for dudes.

Read more: Childfree, Population, Sex

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Tim DeChristopher out of solitary

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who has been in solitary confinement since March 9 for confusing reasons that might have to do with a "threat" to give someone their money back, was released back into regular old prison Wednesday night.

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Wilderness therapist: Good job or BEST job?

If you're like me, when you're finished reading Noah Davis's interview with "wilderness therapist" Brad Reedy, you're going to be thinking "yeah, I could use a month or two of that."

Wilderness therapy involves taking kids out into nature. Which, some studies suggest, is not only beneficial for children with difficulties like ADHD, but might actually be necessary for most of us to remain productive and functional human beings.

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How climate change is making the internet faster

This summer, icebreakers are going to lay the first ever trans-Arctic fiber optic cable, which will be used to carry voice and data communication directly from London to Tokyo, reports Sebastian Anthony at Extreme Tech. This new line will speed up the connection between Europe and Asia by 30 percent, and will reduce the cable distance between those two cities from 15,000 miles to 10,000.

What's making all this possible is climate change.

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This house is so tiny, it’s practically two-dimensional

Oh, you live in 300 square feet? How nice for you. I mean, this house is only three feet wide, but I'm sure you're very committed to minimalist living too.

Read more: Green Home

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Forest scientists pit trees against each other in fight for survival

In Europe, forest scientists are setting up a kind of Hunger Games for trees. The goal, the BBC reports, is to find out which trees will survive in the harsh world to come:

Read more: Climate Change

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Critical List: North Sea gas leak poses oil spill risk; Chinese oil company is larger than ExxonMobil

The gas leak in the North Sea could turn into an oil spill.

Since it's too late to stop climate change, the United Nations is now encouraging the world to plan for it -- stat.

A Chinese oil company passed ExxonMobil to become the largest publicly traded oil company.

New rules for coal plants here could push companies to export coal overseas.

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One mile on a bike is a $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.20 loss

Photo by Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Copenhagen, the bicycle-friendliest place on the planet, publishes a biannual Bicycle Account, and buried in its pages is a rather astonishing fact, reports Andy Clarke, president of the league of American Bicyclists:

“When all these factors are added together the net social gain is DKK 1.22 per cycled kilometer. For purposes of comparison there is a net social loss of DKK 0.69 per kilometer driven by car.” 1.22 Danish crowns is about 25 cents and a kilometer is 6/10 of a mile, so we are talking about a net economic gain to society of 42 cents for every bicycle mile traveled. That’s a good number to have in your back pocket.

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Would you like a bamboo keyboard? Of course you would

The iZen bamboo keyboard is 92 percent bamboo, because normally keyboards are made from plastic, and plastic is made from oil and we'd rather not.

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Tim DeChristopher put in ‘isolated confinement’

Tim DeChristopher. (Photo by Cliff Lyon.)

Editor's note: Wednesday night, DeChristopher was released back into regular old prison.

Peaceful Uprising put out the word Tuesday that Tim DeChristopher, still serving his sentence for disrupting a government auction of oil leases, has been transferred to isolated confinement. He’s been there since March 9.

It's a strange story: Peaceful Uprising says that "Tim was informed by  Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to the SHU [the prison's Special Housing Unit] because an unidentified congressman had called from Washington, D.C., complaining of an email that Tim had sent to a friend."

Read more: Natural Gas, Oil, Politics