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Political leaders lowballed Gulf oil spill estimates

In the first weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, government scientists were scrambling to figure out how much oil was leaking from the well. These estimates kept being revised upwards as the scientists got more information -- and then revised downwards as politicians pressured them to make sunnier predictions. Correspondence obtained by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) shows that political leaders in the White House and other government agencies pushed scientists to release lower estimates than they were comfortable with.

Read more: Oil, Politics

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Stunning time-lapse video of Yosemite

Especially if you don't have a window in your office -- but honestly, even if you do -- you want to watch this time-lapse video of sunsets, sunrises, and meteor showers in Yosemite National Park.

Read more: Living

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Holy crap, solar storm!

YOU GUYS THAT'S WHAT THE SUN LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW. (Sort of. It's a false-color composite of some UV photography of what the sun looks like right now. But it's still pretty rad.) That up there in the upper right corner is the biggest solar storm in seven years, and a coronal mass ejection from this flare is supposed to be hitting Earth right about ... now.

NOAA's site is down right now, probably because of SOLAR STORMS, but NASA has some awesome photos of the current state of the sun. It's also got a video of today's solar activity:

Read more: Climate & Energy

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Critical List: Sumatran elephants critically endangered; Al Gore goes on a cruise

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered.

Watch out for the solar flare that's supposed to hit Earth today! It's the strongest since 2005.

President Obama might pump increased domestic oil and gas production in his State of the Union.

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Super-cute M.I.A. parody about home efficiency

Okay, this is not exactly new but it is totally charming and looks like it could use a wider audience:

Read more: Green Home

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Wind turbines don’t harm health, says study

In some parts of the world, citizens who live near wind turbines have raised concerns about "wind turbine syndrome," which you’d think would be affecting half the population of Denmark by now if it were actually a thing.

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Army’s newest drone will be ‘green’

The Army is increasingly aware that the only way for its war machine to keep turning is for it to eliminate the long, vulnerable supply chain currently required to get energy to its soldiers.

That's one reason why it just awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to build a flying drone, light enough to be carried by troops or Iranians, that supplements its power with solar energy.

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Real Time Farms tells you exactly where your food came from

Real Time Farms is a "crowd-sourced online food guide" that tells you exactly where the meal on your plate came from.

As crazy as it sounds, our vision is to collectively document the whole food system.

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GOP isn’t giving up easy on Keystone XL

President Obama was pretty clear that he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline's permit application because "the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact." But congressional Republicans still haven't gotten the message that maybe rushed and arbitrary deadlines aren't working in their favor. Politico says House speaker John Boehner has indicated he's willing to play dirty in order to get the pipeline approved.

Read more: Fossil Fuels, Politics

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Government energy geeks: Fracking might not get us as far as we thought

Government energy geeks from the Energy Information Administration this morning released the abridged version of their Annual Energy Outlook. One of the most dramatic bits of the outlook for 2012 is that the EIA cut their estimate of "technically recoverable" shale gas almost in half, from 827 trillion cubic feet to 482 trillion cubic feet.

According to the EIA, the decline comes mostly from a lower estimate of resources in the Marcellus shale, the formation that underlies New York and Pennsylvania. The EIA cut its Marcellus estimate from 410 trillion cubic feet in 2011 to 141 trillion cubic feet this year.