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Infographic: The later it gets, the more crap we eat

Breakfast time (7 a.m. PST).

I don't have to tell you that people eat crappier food late at night than they do in the light of day. You probably figured that out when Taco Bell invented a fourth meal in the middle of the night. But according to Massive Health's interactive map of self-reported food quality, we're on a slippery health slope from the time we wake up in the morning. Food choices get consistently more lousy as the day wears on.

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Turbine that looks like a piece of art will fit right in at your yacht club

There are some who believe that those behemoth white wind turbines are beautiful and some (Donald Trump) who believe that they're a blight on the landscape. Well, here is a wind turbine that will win over both groups. It’s like the Frosted Mini-Wheats of wind energy: The penny pincher in you loves the efficiency, but the Trump in you loves the fact that it looks like it came from West Elm.

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Critical List: We need a whole extra earth; Hawaii’s beaches are disappearing

We'd need one and a half Earths to fulfill all the demands we put on the planet in 2008 -- and it's getting worse.

The Department of the Interior moved forward with the Atlantic wind transmission line, a Google-funded underwater power line that would bring offshore wind energy to 2 million homes.

Hawaii's beaches are eroding away.

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Walk Score is now ranking bikeability

The folks who brought you Walk Score, an online tool that ranks neighborhoods based on whether you can get anywhere on foot, are expanding to appeal to the biking crowd. This tool is a little more limited (only 10 cities have been scored) but it's also more in-depth: Walk Score will assume you can stroll to the grocery store down the shoulder of a four-lane road, but Bike Score also covers bike path availability, terrain, and how many people will be joining you on your two-wheeled commute.

Read more: Biking, Cities

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Elephants hold vigil for human friend

Elephants travel to the Anthony home. (Photo by Thula Thula Game Reserve.)

In case you needed another reason to care about wildlife, here's one: If you devote your life to elephants, they might come to your funeral. Or anyway that seems to be what happened for conservationist and "elephant whisperer" Lawrence Anthony, who died in March. A few days after his death, two herds of elephants filed through the bush to their friend's home, where they appeared to stand vigil for two days, according to Anthony's family.

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The surprising reason why Newark Mayor Cory Booker supports wind power

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is handsome, approachable, and once saved a lady from a fire -- he's basically the Ryan Gosling of politics. And one of the reasons people like him, even people like me who know next to nothing about his job performance, is that he's always willing to make jokes about himself, and about the fundamental absurdity of being a politician. Which is why I had to love his explanation of why he supports wind power.

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Good news: Americans are using a lot less coal

Here is a bit of energy-use news to feel good about: Americans are using a lot less coal.

In the first quarter of this year, the portion of the country's electricity that came from coal was almost 20 percent less than in the same period last year. And overall, the Energy Information Administration predicts, coal consumption in the electric sector will decrease by 14 percent this year.

Of course, there's a reason for this, as Stephen Lacey explains at Climate Progress, and the reason is natural gas. Natural gas is cheap, cheap, cheap, so now we're burning that instead of coal.

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Mesmerizing data visualization shows a day in the life of a city’s bike usage

This video is probably what Ralph Steadman sees when he takes half a tab of acid and looks at a map of Budapest, but it's also a data visualization of the city's bike usage during a 24-hour period. The size, location, and direction of the bubbles reflect how many people are on bikes at a given time, and where they're going.

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Yet another ridiculous billboard campaign featuring psychos

Apparently the political discourse in this country is irrational enough that one anti-green billboard campaign featuring megalomaniacs will not satisfy our craving for crazy. No, there have to be two billboard campaigns in one month that cast aspersions on good ideas by associating them with crazy dudes that no one likes.

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These guys hate "energy independence"! If you don't recognize him, the guy on the left is Ed Perlmutter, a representative from Colorado. Barack Obama, we assume you're good with. Oh, and that one’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that Iranian leader known for being crazy. He's crazy! Therefore, since he is on this very badly designed billboard with those two (shudder) Democrats, they must be crazy, too.

Read more: Energy Policy, Oil, Politics

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Critical List: Gas prices drop; Mount Fuji’s on top of an active fault

Gas prices are falling.

Americans are willing to deal with a 13 percent hike in electricity bills if it means more of their power will come from clean energy.

Twenty-six states are fighting for schools to teach evolution and climate change -- a welcome change from school reformers who want to tear down those ideas.

Right under Japan's Mount Fuji is a fault that could result in a magnitude-7 earthquake.

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