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Aging boomers who can’t drive will be trapped in unwalkable cities of their own making

Judging by how pedestrian-unfriendly the average American city has become, all our aging parents apparently enjoy being prisoners in their own homes, reports the AP. Because, oops: There comes a point when you can't legally drive any longer. And if you depend on your car, that means you’ll have to … depend on your children instead. Fuck.

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Wind-powered opera slightly less extravagant than regular opera

For many people, the opera is just a chance to nap in a $300 chair under a $1,500 chandelier while wearing $2,000 worth of clothes. But one opera festival in the U.K. is making sure that its extravagance is at least powered by clean energy.

CleanTechnica's Zachary Shahan notes that the 78th Glyndebourne Festival is billing itself as the "first opera festival powered by renewable energy." The star of the show is a wind turbine that will provide 90 percent of the power for staging the operas.

Opera might not be the most sustainable of activities. All forms of theater require costumes, sets, lights, and other resources, some of which get tossed as soon as the show is done. But increasingly, theater companies are getting on board with making their operations not only wind-powered, but more energy-efficient and less wasteful.

Read more: Wind Power

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Global warming could explode ‘compost bombs’ all over the planet

When the compost pile in your backyard revs up, it starts producing heat, as the microbes in it do their work breaking down organic matter. On a small scale, that’s great for your garden. On a grand scale, though, this same process can create a "compost bomb" -- a burst of carbon into the atmosphere. And as the planet warms up, this is going to happen more often.

Read more: Climate Change

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Monsanto picture book teaches kids about the wonders of biotech

Hey kids, can you complete this word: B _ _ T _ C H N _ L _ G Y? What's that spell? If you said "a really neat topic [that is] helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home," you may have been reading Look Closer at Biotechnology, a kids' activity book funded by Monsanto and other biotech firms.

Read more: Food

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Critical List: EPA to release draft rules for power plant emissions; Keystone XL’s doppelgangers

The EPA's going to release draft rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Environmental writer and advocate Sandra Steingraber is using her Heinz Award prize money ($100,000) to start New Yorkers Against Fracking.

The world's going to pass a few climate change tipping points very soon.

Republicans and Democrats agree: They should spend some time publicly fighting over oil industry tax breaks. Bipartisanship!

Keystone XL won't be the only pipeline connecting Canada and the Gulf Coast. TransCanada's competitors are planning pipelines, too.

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Climate scientists: It’s basically too late to stop warming

Photo by Akuppa John Wigham.

If you like cool weather and not having to club your neighbors as you battle for scarce resources, now's the time to move to Canada, because the story of the 21st century is almost written, reports Reuters. Global warming is close to being irreversible, and in some cases that ship has already sailed.

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‘Point Nemo’ is the farthest you can get from land without being in outer space

The Pacific Ocean's Pole of Inaccessibility, aka Point Nemo, is 1,670 miles from the nearest land. It's the furthest you can get from terrestrial lifeforms without launching yourself into space.

Read more: Climate Change

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The only funny music video ever about organic, gluten-free hipsters

"We have a healthy lifestyle by the sea /

We eat organic and gluten-free

Do bikram yoga, and pilates /

We like soy lattes and goji berries"

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DIY printable furniture ships as information, not parts

If your modular furniture from IKEA was fashioned from wood harvested on one continent, cut and finished on another, and shipped to yet a third, that’s not exactly sustainable. That's why design firm Filson and Rohrbacher decided to replace actual furniture with its evanescent, Platonic ideal: pure information. Download the computerized machine-ready plans at their website and you can use them to build just about anything out of anything.

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Your next house could be made of pot

Photo by Push Design.

This North Carolina house is made of eco-friendly hemp-based bricks, and the company that makes them wants to start building a similar house in California. Throw in a natty hemp suit and Cheech and Chong's marijuana-resin car, and you've got most of the recipe for an entirely pot-based suburban idyll.

Read more: Green Home