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Climate change could make Mt. Everest impossible to climb

If you’ve got “summit Everest” on your bucket list, better get started now. Apa Sherpa (aka "Super Sherpa"), who's summited Mt. Everest 21 times, tells Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the trip up the mountain is getting increasingly dangerous as climate change sets in. As Himalayan glaciers melt, bare rock -- slippery, treacherous, more prone to rockfalls — has replaced snow and ice.

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Newt’s new energy slogan doubles down on the crazy

It's not clear who Newt Gingrich thinks he's fooling, but over the weekend his team unveiled this nifty new graphic on which he apparently plans to hang the entirety of his comeback for the GOP nomination, and KQED political reporter John Myers was there to capture it:

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DOE-funded battery breakthrough to halve cost, triple range

A new breakthrough from California-based Envia Systems will yield lithium-ion batteries that are less than half the cost of current cells, while also having three times the energy density. And guess who funded it? The Department of Energy. That's right: Sometimes, when the government invests in innovation, it pays off moon launch-big.

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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

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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.

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