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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



Capsized cruise ship could ruin pristine marine park

The reef-stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia managed to crash itself in one of the most pristine marine areas in the Mediterranean. Of course. And as the ship lists dangerously, threatening to fall further into the ocean and spill tons of oil, endangered species and other marine life are at risk.

The ship has 2,400 tons of oil on board; the BBC reports that it includes both light diesel oil and "clumpy and clingy" heavy fuel oil that's trickier to clean up.

The ship crashed off the island of Giglio, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, which includes famous island like Elba and Montecristo. The area's kept so clean that visitors to Montecristo aren't even allowed to swim or fish near the island’s coast. Dolphins hang out here, as do fish (and fishermen who make their livelihood off Italy’s seafood). Endangered Mediterranean monk seals have also been spotted in this area.

Read more: Animals, Oil, Pollution


Watch an orphaned baby bat learn to fly

I am not ashamed to admit that I wept openly at this. The tiny batling! The completely unfair emotionally manipulative soundtrack! The fact that I haven't had my coffee yet!

Read more: Animals