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Would you like a bamboo keyboard? Of course you would

The iZen bamboo keyboard is 92 percent bamboo, because normally keyboards are made from plastic, and plastic is made from oil and we'd rather not.

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Tim DeChristopher put in ‘isolated confinement’

Tim DeChristopher. (Photo by Cliff Lyon.)

Editor's note: Wednesday night, DeChristopher was released back into regular old prison.

Peaceful Uprising put out the word Tuesday that Tim DeChristopher, still serving his sentence for disrupting a government auction of oil leases, has been transferred to isolated confinement. He’s been there since March 9.

It's a strange story: Peaceful Uprising says that "Tim was informed by  Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to the SHU [the prison's Special Housing Unit] because an unidentified congressman had called from Washington, D.C., complaining of an email that Tim had sent to a friend."

Read more: Natural Gas, Oil, Politics

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Lorax statue lifted from Seuss estate

Someone stole a statue of the Lorax from Dr. Seuss' estate. The sculpture, made by Dr. Seuss' stepdaughter, weighs 300 pounds, so whoever stole it must have been really strong, brought friends, and really wanted the thing. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The thief or thieves apparently rolled the statue and stump down a hill and into a getaway vehicle, according to the San Diego police.

Who would commit such a heinous crime? Here are our (very, very speculative) theories:

Read more: Sprawl

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Critical List: Fukushima will take decades to decommission; North Sea gas leak

Is Fukushima news ever positive? A new assessment of damage at the plant shows levels of radiation higher than expected, which means decommissioning the plant could take decades.

Building cleantech requires certain resources -- rare earth metals, water, biomass -- that are getting scarce.

Mohamed Nasheed, the deposed Maldives president, is doing a media tour to promote The Island President, the movie about his work on climate change and Copenhagen (out this week in theaters!).

Read more: Uncategorized

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Mitt Romney thinks pets are cars and cars are pets

By now you've surely heard that Mitt Romney's planned all-inclusive beach resort house in La Jolla will include a car elevator, for cars that need to get to the second floor of the garage but are too tired to take the stairs. Between that and the indelible story about Romney keeping his dog on the roof rack, we're forced to come to the obvious conclusion: Mitt -- or is it M.I.T.T.? -- is just genuinely confused about the difference between organic creatures and vehicles.

Read more: Election 2012

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Map shows the worst air in America

The EPA is issuing new regulations for emissions from power plants, and the American Lung Association knows why. This map shows U.S. deaths caused by toxic power plant emissions. If you live in a state with a big red circle, you should be very very glad about the new rule -- Texas in particular should be jumping for joy, if they can manage to stop coughing for five minutes.

Read more: Clean Air

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Photos of students with all their possessions show how to live with less

Like their American counterparts, the current generation of Swedish teenagers is the first since the Great Depression to be financially worse off than their parents. Unstable employment opportunities have turned them into nomads who have to live light to get by. 

Read more: Cities, Green Home, Living

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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