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Crocodile incubator saves species from extinction

Don’t look now, but baby crocodiles might be UNEXPECTEDLY ADORABLE. And the best part of this video, from Cuba’s Sabanalamar animal nursery, is that these babies represent new hope for a vulnerable species. Cuban researchers at the nursery are using specially designed incubators to hatch American crocodiles, helping to save the species from extinction.

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San Francisco saves gas by making better parking spaces cost more

In San Francisco, a parking place costs more the more people want to use it. This might sound like common sense, but it's actually a radical experiment in keeping people from circling endlessly, looking for a spot and wasting gas.

Since 2010, the pricing for 7,000 metered spaces in the city has changed in real time based on demand. The idea is that raising prices in high-demand areas will send some customers elsewhere or make them park for shorter periods, leaving more free spots and decreasing circling-the-block-looking-for-a-freaking-spot time. The New York Times crunched the city's data from the program and found that -- hey! -- it's working:

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New fashion line creates a year’s worth of outfits with only 10 items of clothing

Many of us try on more than 10 items of clothing in a single morning. Malaysian fashion label “We are ULTRA” wants you to wear only 10 articles throughout the entire year.

The label’s new ULTRA 10 line aims to cut back on consumerism and waste by offering up a minimalist wardrobe crafted from sustainable fabrics. ULTRA 10 features 10 items of clothing that can be mixed and matched into an array of outfits intended to last all year.

So far, the industry’s critics have embraced its appeal, winning the 2011 Ethical Fashion Forum INNOVATION Award. The 10 piece wardrobe’s "modular and multifunctional pieces" includes a 4-in-1 Coat/Dress/Jacket/Skirt and a 2-in-1 Jacket/Vest. Their clever arrangement of zippers, cuts and accessories gets you from the banquet to the bar in a single outfit -- most of which is sustainably sourced or recycled fabrics.


Critical List: A new Chevron oil spill in Brazil; Vladimir Putin didn’t shoot a tiger

Chevron has suspended work at a drilling site off the coast of Brazil after finding an oil leak near the site of November’s spill.

Vladimir Putin wants everyone to think he's all manly, but there's evidence that the "wild" tiger that he "tranquilized" was taken from a zoo to stage the stunt.

Chinese, South Korean, and European-flagged fishing ships are hauling in huge illegal catches off the coast of West Africa.

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New York has a subway system just for garbage

Part of the Roosevelt Island garbage tube system. (Photo by Urban Omnibus.)

New York's Roosevelt Island is like Futurama for trash: Underneath the island, a system of pneumatic tubes whisks garbage from trash and recycling bins off to the processing center. Now the company that built the tubes, Envac, wants to expand to more of the city.

Read more: Cities, Infrastructure


New frog species found in Staten Island

Photo by Brian Curry, Rutgers University.

Most folks assume Staten Island holds little more than Italian restaurants, mob wives, and a huge landfill. But another resident has just been discovered on New York City’s most disrespected borough: a new species of frog!

Scientists recently discovered a new species of leopard frog on Staten Island. The hopper went unnoticed for so long because it looks more or less exactly like another type of leopard frog -- it just sounds different. And, ya know, because the science community is more used to finding undiscovered wildlife in remote, pristine places, rather than urban metropolises. (The center of this new frog’s range? Yankee Stadium.)

Read more: Animals, Cities


Scotts Miracle-Gro pleads guilty to selling poisoned bird seed

Photo by Kris.

Scotts Miracle-Gro products are known for zapping weeds dead. But it turns out they could be killing decidedly more attractive creatures -- birds.

Scotts pled guilty this Tuesday to charges that the company illegally put insecticides in its “Morning Song” and “Country Pride” brands of bird seed. That’s right: The company knowingly coated products intended for birds to eat with substances toxic to birds and wildlife.

According to court records, in 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of bird seed coated with the insecticides Storcide II, containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos, and and Actellic 5E, containing the active ingredient pirimiphos-methyl, intended to keep insects from destroying the seed.

The company continued to produce and market the insecticide-coated seeds despite being alerted to toxicity dangers by a Scotts staff chemist and ornithologist.


Baby boomers are kicking your butt on caring about the environment

Guys, we have to step up our game, or we're going to be smoked by our own parents. According to a new study from San Diego State University, baby boomers in their youth were more committed to social and environmental engagement than Gen-Xers or Millennials.

Read more: Climate & Energy


Gecko-inspired adhesive lets your TV cling to the wall like a lizard

With its Tom Cruise-like talent for scattering straight up walls, the gecko has become one of biomimicry's favored muses. Studying its feet, scientists have come up with a variety of gecko-inspired tapes, but now a team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has developed a stronger adhesive patch they're calling "Geckskin.”

A piece of the stuff about the size of an index card can hold up to 700 pounds of weight on a smooth wall. That's a 42-inch flatscreen TV or a mirror or that Dutch masterpiece you picked up on your last European vacation. And if you get the placement wrong, no problem -- you can peel this stuff off the wall and smack it back on without leaving a trace, supposedly.

Read more: Green Home


Critical List: Gas prices could drop; Poland blocks E.U. carbon reforms

Gas prices could be heading down.

Poland, which depends on coal-fired power, keeps vetoing European Union plans to crack down on carbon emissions.

Climate scientists predicted the spread of mountain pine beetles, which due to warming temperatures are decimating tree populations in the American West.

Andrew Steer, who was working at the World Bank as special envoy for climate change, is the new president of the World Resources Institute.

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