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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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Chihuahua-size horses caused by climate change

Sifrhippus and modern horse. (Illustration by Danielle Byerley, courtesy University of Florida.)

After they first appeared in the fossil record, horses got smaller as a result of a warming planet, says a study just published in Science. Thing is, proto-horses weren't that big to begin with -- Sifrhippus, the first horse, only weighed 15 pounds -- so by the time the climate was done with them, they'd shrunk down to 8.5 pounds, or about the size of Paris Hilton's dog Tinkerbell.

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If people got rid of their extra cars, they could afford an extra house

The average American family owns 2.28 cars, and even in genuinely car-dependent areas they could probably get away with one. How much does that excess auto capacity cost? Enough that if everyone ditched their unnecessary vehicles, they'd save an average of $186,425.03 over 30 years. In a lot of places, that's enough to buy another house. At very least, it's more than enough to move to a more expensive area that's more transit-accessible or requires a shorter commute.

Read more: Sprawl

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Right-wingers and greens agree: The Lorax movie sucks balls

It takes some real skill to simultaneously make Fox News think you're seeding children's brains with liberal time-bombs, AND piss off environmentalists with your transparent pandering to the auto industry. But the upcoming Lorax movie has managed it. We SAID it was an abomination.

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The sky is falling! (No, really.)

Photo by Shaun Wamal.

This is not a joke: The sky is falling. Or technically, the height of clouds, the average of which decreased about 1 percent from 2000 to 2010. Researchers at the University of Auckland, who collected the data, attributed the change to a drop in the number of clouds formed at high altitudes.

Read more: Climate Change