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Business & Technology

Disney’s building France an eco-retreat and we’re jealous

America and Europe may both be full of privileged white people, but nobody would mistake them for being culturally interchangeable. Case in point: In America, Disney makes amusement parks that are better than real life and that allow us to stuff ourselves silly while hanging out with plush versions of our imaginary cartoon friends. In Europe, Disney makes nature parks that are better than real life and that allow Europeans to get a ruddy glow of health in their cheeks as they bike, hike, and enjoy geothermal-heated water rides.

Cities

These trees on wheels double as wifi hotspots

It doesn’t seem fair that car-owning people can use parking spots (or rent them at extremely low rates) to store their cars, but the car-free don’t get to use them to store our stuff. We have 50 cents, and we live here too! Fortunately, Milanese designer Matteo Cibic has found an easy way for the car-free to share this public space: We can use it to park our wifi hotspot trees on wheels. Cibic wanted his neighborhood to have more trees. And he wanted to rent a parking space in order to install them. But since we’re talking renting, not …

Climate & Energy

Even David Letterman is cool enough to hate fracking

We expect Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to have incisive, funny takes on important green issues like fracking. But David Letterman? That guy hasn’t been cool since like 1991! [Ed. note: I used to watch Letterman in like 1991.] And yet, only like a year after the rest of America caught on about fracking, here’s Letterman railing against “greedy oil and gas companies” on last night’s show.

Climate & Energy

This 1956 cartoon will convince you to marry oil and have oil babies

From the golden era of American cartoon propaganda.

Living

This plugin keeps baby pics off your Facebook by replacing them with bacon or cats

Are you childfree, anti-population-growth, or just an STFU Parents fan? Unbaby.me will get rugrats off your social media feeds for good, and replace them with pictures of kittens, puppies, bacon, swimsuit models, or whatever you want. Here’s how it works: The Chrome extension has an editable list of keywords that usually herald a precious, sticky little face in the vicinity. The preloaded keyword list is: year old, so adorable, our family, cutest baby, learned to walk, years old, month old, months old, carseat, infant, too adorable, pajamas, solid foods, crawling, most baby, so cute, is precious, is too cute, diapers, …

Business & Technology

One latte uses as much carbon as an entire year of dicking around on Facebook

As guilty pleasures go, Grist List is officially endorsing Facebook, and not just because it’s great for us when you share our funny-awesome-holyshit-cool stories with all your friends and they click on our site and hooray! No, it’s not our self-interest but our love for the planet that is motivating this endorsement. Because of the two guilty pleasures we’re willing to bet that many of you are indulging in right now — Facebook and a delicious latte — Facebook is the carbon equivalent of a carrot stick and some hummus, and the latte is the equivalent of a gigantic, juicy …

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