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How to turn an abandoned oil silo into an awesome sustainable home

Once we either kick oil for good or descend into Mad Maxish fuel-based anarchy, you're going to want to set up a pretty good personal Thunderdome. And if we're way past peak oil anyway, why not nest in an abandoned oil silo? Architecture collective Pink Cloud has designed a sustainable home for a post-petroleum world, repurposing the 49,000 refinery oil silos that will, one day in the not-too-distant future, be otherwise pointless.

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Critical List: BP spill liability trial delayed; Meryl Streep’s eco-friendly Oscar dress

BP's trial for Deepwater Horizon liability has been pushed back one week as the company considers a $14 billion settlement.

Scientist Peter Gleick is taking a leave of absence from the Pacific Institute after the organization's board of directors expressed concern about the methods he used to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute.

Meryl Streep won her gamillionth Oscar last night but also marked a personal fashion best by choosing an eco-friendly dress.

In Hawaii, a new wind project will help keep electricity prices steady as the price of oil rises.

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LEGO buys $500 million worth of wind turbines

The world's third-largest toy manufacturer is going to be putting "made with wind power" labels on all those boxes of LEGOs, and not just because they bought their power from utilities with wind turbines. Kirkbi A/S, the family holding company that owns LEGO, will be buying actual wind turbines representing fully a third of an offshore wind farm, reports Reuters.

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The best of the U.S. Army’s ‘Going Green’ Pinterest

For those of you who are out of touch with what the young people and Mormons are all about these days, Pinterest is this really big, Facebook-but-for-images type thing, and it's kind of wild that the Army is on it, because it's mostly pictures of cats, clothes, and cupcakes. They even have a collection of images for their "green" efforts, from which we plucked a few of our favorites.

Source: flickr.com via U.S. on Pinterest

MODOC, Ill. -- Visiting Patriot, an 11-pound female Bald Eagle and World Bird Sanctuary bird expert Sara Oliver. The meeting took place Feb. 4, 2012 at Eagle Trek 2012 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kaskaskia Lock & Dam.

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The best green action plan we’ve ever seen

It is possible that we are suckers for this North Face campaign because it instructs participants to read Grist every day. But even before we noticed that part, we thought it was one of the best templates for taking green action we've come across.

The Protect Our Winters (POW) pledge has seven ways to fight climate change. And, no, Jon Meacham, none of them involve composting shredded tote bags. They are:

1. Get political
2. Educate yourself
3. Find your biggest lever
4. Be vocal, bug your friends
5. Talk to businesses
6. Change your life and save money
7. Join POW

Read more: Climate Change

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One Million Lights trades kerosene for solar in developing countries

Photo by One Million Lights.

For kids in developing countries, it's crucial to have a reliable light source -- otherwise you can't see to read or do your homework. But many homes and villages don't have electric light, and the cheapest alternative -- kerosene -- is an environmental nightmare on both large and small scales. It pollutes the environment at large, but it also pollutes your home and potentially lights it on fire in the bargain.

The nonprofit One Million Lights is trying to change that one light at a time.

Read more: Cleantech

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Rich white dudes: Environmentalists are out of touch with the working class

MSNBC's Morning Joe is a font of conventional wisdom, so I don't feel bad restating this old maxim: Everyone on Morning Joe is a jerk. Here's the evidence, starting at 3:10 or so:

The ever-wise Joe says that Obama's "environmental base" is holding him back because the only type of energy environmentalists like is "getting granola and grinding it up and hoping sparks will come off of it." Oh, and wind and solar matter so little, we might as well just give up on them now. Apparently, according to ex-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, enviros also think composting shredded tote bags is a way to get energy.

Read more: Climate & Energy

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Help build New York’s first underground park

The Low Line, an underground urban paradise on the Lower East Side, is soliciting funds through Kickstarter, which means that you can be part of the development of the city's first underground community green space/zombie fortress. 

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Critical List: Lucy Lawless occupies oil ship; Maine fisherman catches child-sized lobster

Lucy Lawless, best known for her role as Xena, Warrior Princess, teamed up with Greenpeace to occupy an oil drilling ship.

The panel on Morning Joe posited that environmentalists think the alternative to fossil fuel is granola. (In case this wasn't clear already, everyone on Morning Joe is a jerk.)

A Pew Research Center poll found that 66 percent of people who've heard about Keystone XL want to build the pipeline.

Gas prices are going up because of tensions with Iran tightening the supply of gasoline.

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