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California’s closed state parks to be overrun by pot growers, people willing to pee in the woods

In just a few months, California will close dozens of state parks. But what does that actually mean? KQED, a rad West Coast public radio station, has a series looking deeper into the issue, and from what we can tell, closing state parks means nature's on the loose with NO ADULT SUPERVISION.

Now, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. The parks will still be open to the public. But the services will be gone. So if you want to pee at a closed state park, you will have to pee in the woods. The trails won't be maintained, so you'll have to climb over fallen trees and maybe plan a little bit and bring a compass so you don't get lost. The parks will be less user-friendly. But for some bushwhacking folks, more hardcore than your average park-goer, that's a good thing.

Read more: Living

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This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree

It's still in the "so crazy it just might work" stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That's as much as 150 to 200 trees.

Read more: Cleantech, Living

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Campbell’s to ditch BPA from soup cans

Photo by Antonio.

Attention, shoppers: Campbell’s (FINALLY) announced plans to eliminate hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A from the linings of its soup cans. And it only took consumer outrage, countless nonprofit petitions, concern from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and hundreds of independent studies linking BPA to a hodge-podge of horrifying health maladies!

Campbell's Soup Co. spokesman Anthony Sanzio said Monday the company has been working on alternatives for five years and will make the transition as soon as "feasible alternatives are available."

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GM customers are pissed about company’s Heartland connection

One of the damning Heartland Foundation documents from a few weeks ago revealed the name of the climate-denial think tank’s major donors. One of them: A foundation connected to General Motors. Oops. Heartland's not exactly the sort of friend that a company like GM wants to be seen with in public, especially since it's trying to promote its green-minded Chevy Volt.

Now, at least 10,000 of its customers are letting it be known that they don’t appreciate GM hopping in bed with Heartland, and they’re perfectly willing to become ex-customers if it continues. Another 10,000 people who don’t own GM-made cars have joined in, saying that the company will never get their money at this rate. 

Read more: Climate Skeptics

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Climate change could kill ice hockey in Canada

Canada may claim it has no “official” religion, but any card-carrying northerner will tell you it’s ice hockey. Which means climate change is about to reduce a lot of manly lumberjack and Mountie types to incoherent weeping, because Canada may find itself without any outdoor ice rinks if temperatures continue to rise.

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Critical List: More people have safe drinking water; Asia’s pollution is hitting the U.S.

The U.N. met its Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without safe drinking water.

President Obama is giving a press conference this afternoon -- the first in months. It's supposed to be about mortgage relief, but odds are someone will ask him about gas prices, too.

Twenty percent of ground pollution in the U.S. can be traced to emissions from Asia that have traveled over the Pacific Ocean.

Bill McKibben is changing minds over at the Huffington Post: Of the readers who've read his argument against Keystone XL and Ezra Levant's argument for the pipeline, 9 percent have gone over to McKibben's side.

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Oh, no big deal, just a LIVE PENGUIN CAM

Discovery is airing Frozen Planet starting March 18, climate change content and all. In celebration, SeaWorld San Diego has set up a live penguin cam. Guys, I'm not totally convinced anybody's going to turn on Discovery Channel if they've got 300 live penguins to watch.

Read more: Animals

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Now you can buy a prefab IKEA house

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Oregon architecture firm ideabox is producing this prefab tiny house, which comes pre-installed with IKEA cabinets, flooring, and closets. The "activ" house is about 750 square feet and costs $86,500, and you can pick the color scheme of IKEA accoutrements that you prefer. And unlike most IKEA stuff, it doesn't come flat-packed and there's no assembly required.

Read more: Green Home

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School lunches still contain ‘pink slime’

For those among you who really miss the "pink slime" content of McDonald's hamburgers and Taco Bell's … everything, you can still get your fix of the ammonia-doused meat product, made of leftover, fatty trimmings. Where, you ask, can I find this abomination? According to The Daily, you can find it in your child's school lunch.

Read more: Food Safety

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Batteries could make power grid unnecessary in some countries

One and a half billion citizens of planet Earth aren't connected to the power grid, and if Aquion Energy has its way, they will remain so forever. But not because they will be turned into Soylent Green! If that's what you were thinking.

Aquion specializes in making large batteries, cheaply. They don’t look like much -- they live in a former TV factory outside Pittsburgh, and you'll probably never buy any of their products. To the world's poor, however, they're working on something that could make a profound difference to their quality of life, reports Kevin Bullis at Technology Review.