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Kid-powered school bus

Leave it to the Dutch to figure out how to replace even school buses with a conglomerate of bicycles. The buscycle, used to transport kids to day care, turns elementary schoolers' boundless energy into a source of renewable fuel.

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This guy invented a manure-powered car … in 1971

According to this 1971 article from Mother Earth News, British chicken farmer Harold Bate invented a car that runs on animal droppings 40 years ago. Why the hell are we still using oil?

Bate invented a converter that reportedly recycles animal (or human) waste into methane gas -- and he ginned it up from "odds and ends at hand." To be fair, using the converter is a pretty involved process, requiring 300 pounds of manure that has been fermented for up to a week. But on the flip side, Bate estimated it only cost him 3 cents (17 cents in 2011 money) for the equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

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Critical List: State Department working to reduce emissions; transportation bill vote delayed

The State Department is going to announce this morning a program to reduce shorter-lived greenhouse gases, like methane.

The House won't vote on Republicans' transportation bill of horrors quite yet.

Worldwide, 92 percent of freshwater water goes to agriculture.

Mining in Mongolia -- good for China, maybe not the best idea for the desert environment or the people who live there, who are mostly herders.

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Swamp Thing yells at kids about littering

You gotta admit, Swamp Thing is basically the perfect anti-littering spokesman (especially now that Captain Planet has gone off the rails). I mean, he's essentially made out of the environment. In this so-bad-it's-awesome 1989 PSA, he lectures children about throwing plastic cups in the water.

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You work 3.84 minutes per day to pay for your bicycle, 2 hours for your car

James D. Schwartz of The Urban Country recently calculated that Americans work on average two hours out of every day to pay for their cars. Now he's figured out that a bicycle costs only 3.84 minutes. And that's being conservative, assuming you'll drop $1,500 on a new commuter bike every five years, after which it will have zero value.

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Sales of residential solar in Japan explode like reactor #4

Sales of solar panels for Japanese homes are up 30.7 percent in 2011, despite -- or, let's be real, because of -- the economic hit the country took in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

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How the Heartland Institute plans to wreck education

DeSmogBlog has publicized documents that illuminate the Heartland Institute's denialist agenda, and who's footing the bill. The list of funders is interesting -- Kochs, Philip Morris, Microsoft -- and so is the news that they're handing out money to vocal deniers. But perhaps most sobering is their plan to undermine climate science in the classroom.

Read more: Climate Skeptics

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Here is a shark swallowing another shark

Researchers from the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took this picture of a shark eating another shark near the Great Barrier Reef. Nature is crazy!

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Pollan’s Food Rules, animated. With vegetables

Via the invaluable Maria Popova at Brain Pickings, this video by Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle uses vegetables -- so many, many awesome vegetables -- to illustrate Michael Pollan's Food Rules (the version that expands on "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”).

Read more: Food