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Attention drunkards: Please dispose of your Mardi Gras beads in a responsible manner

Photo by Neil Cooler.

DRUNK PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS! We know you need that plastic flotsam in order to see some boobs, because of I guess longstanding tradition dating back to before you could see boobs on the internet without even trying. But it's basically an ecological nightmare, so if you can't find some ladies who are willing to take their tops off in exchange for tofu or offset credits or something else environmentally responsible, at least be mindful about how you dispose of your extra beads.

Read more: Living


Smallest legal apartment in California is prefab, adorbs

If you're like me, you watch this video and think "my house is 10 times as big as this apartment and only slightly more functional," and then curse the day you moved to the suburbs.

This is the smallest studio apartment you can build in California, by law -- 160 square feet -- and it includes a bevy of space-saving measures.


Texas lost half a billion trees in current drought

This is what long-term desertification looks like: The state of Texas lost 5.6 million urban trees -- and as many as 500 million forest trees -- in the drought that’s been going on since last year. That’s 10 percent of the city trees and 10 percent of the forest trees in the state. The urban trees alone provided an estimated $280 million in annual services (shading buildings, controlling stormwater runoff) and will cost $560 million to remove.

Read more: Cities, Climate & Energy


Prove climate change doesn’t exist, get an awesome gun

Okay, but dogs CAN look up. (Photo by Casey Morris.)

Todd Tanner will give you his gun when you pry it from his cold, convinced-of-the-nonexistence-of-climate-change hands. Tanner, the chair of the new group Conservation Hawks -- sportsmen (i.e. hunters) who don't want climate change to ruin their fun -- has challenged anyone to prove to him that climate change shouldn’t be a concern. If you win, he will give you, the Conservationist's Hal Herring reports, "his most prized possession: A Beretta Silver Pigeon 12 gauge over/under that was a gift from his wife, and has been a faithful companion on many a Montana bird hunt." (Grist List doesn’t know that much about guns but this one looks pretty much like the gun we’d want to own, if we owned a gun.)

Lest deniers think the man is joking, Herring assures us, "I know the gun, and I’ve hunted and fished with Todd for years. He’s not kidding. You convince him, he’ll give you the gun."


Mexico City’s giant landfill will power 35,000 homes

Mexico City just shut down its enormous Bordo Poniente landfill, which has received 79 million tons of garbage on its 927 acres since 1994. But they’re not just leaving all that rotting organic matter to, well, rot. Instead, the city open a landfill gas power plant, which should be able to power 35,000 homes at its peak, reports Elizabeth Malkin in the New York Times.


Peter Gleick: Hero or moral moron?

Yesterday evening, water researcher and Pacific Institute Director Peter Gleick came forward to say that it was he who had first obtained the documents revealing the inner workings of the climate-denying Heartland Institute. Gleick admitted that he had obtained most of the documents using a false identity. This morning, the climate community has exploded with judgments, positive and negative, of Gleick's actions. Was he Goofus or Gallant? Here's a sampling of arguments on either side.

First, Gleick's own assessment of his decision. In his post, he called it "a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics." He also apologized "to all those affected."

Heartland, of course, isn't about to praise his actions. The institute's president wrote to reporters that "Gleick’s crime was a serious one … A mere apology is not enough to undo the damage.” (We know political hypocrisy is getting so commonplace as to be boring, so we’ll just say “cough cough Climategate.”)

Plenty of climate thinkers jumped to Gleick's defense, though.

Read more: Politics


Santorum campaign can’t tell the difference between environmentalism and Islam

Rick Santorum said this weekend that President Obama believed in a "phony theology," sparking concerns that he was publicly denying that the president is a Christian. Of course we're talking about the guy who thinks mainline Protestants aren't really Christian, so this would hardly be a surprise, but there's been so much ugliness surrounding the subject of Obama's religion that these would clearly be fightin' words. Which explains why Santorum press secretary Alice Stewart snapped into action, clarifying on MSNBC that Santorum was merely referring to the president's "radical Islamic policies." Oh, well. OK then.

An hour later she called back to say that she meant radical environmental policies. Man, I always get those two confused! 

Read more: Election 2012


Critical List: Heartland documents obtained using deception; killer whales OK with climate change

Peter Gleick, a water expert and climate scientist, says he obtained documents that revealed the inner workings of the Heartland Institute by soliciting them from the group under someone else's name.

A new study says that exploiting Canada's tar sands might not exacerbate climate change as much as environmental groups fear.

Mexico and the U.S. are going to work together on offshore oil drilling.

Read more: Uncategorized


Newest anti-Keystone activists: Tea Partiers

If there's anything the Tea Party hates, it's whatever the government is doing right now. Which means greens have picked up some unusual allies in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline: Texas Tea Partiers who think the project violates property rights.

“Crippling someone’s water supply knows no party line,” said Rita Beving, consultant to the bipartisan East Texas Sub-Regional Planning Commission. A Republican mayor and a Democratic city secretary lead the group’s fight against the pipeline.

Read more: Oil


100-year-old sets cycling record

French centenarian Robert Marchand (that's not him above, we just didn't have permission to use the Reuters photo) has set a new cycling record: The furthest distance ridden in an hour in the 100-and-over category. Also, the smallest distance. Also, the first hour ride. There's not a lot of competition in this age bracket.

Read more: Biking