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Green Cars

Smart Car goes on an ASCII adventure in the world’s coolest Twitter feed

Go to the Twitter feed of Smart Car of Argentina and hold down the J key. Go on. We’ll wait here for you.

Sprawl

Car-centric neighborhoods linked to childhood obesity, finger-wagging

It should come as no surprise that children who live in neighborhoods that aren't walkable, lack playgrounds, and are full of fast food joints are twice as likely to be obese as kids in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with access to healthy foods.

Climate Change

GOP’s worst nightmare: Green Muslims

The Quran is full of “lessons about water conservation, avoiding the wasteful consumption of resources, proper land use, stewardship of trees, and compassion for animals and birds,” reports John Wihbey at the Yale Forum on …

Politics

Karl Rove’s super PAC attacks Obama for preventing oil spills

Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove’s super PAC, is spending $1.7 million in six swing states to attack Obama’s energy policy. Here’s what Rove wants swing voters to think about Obama: We’re not really sure that it’s …

Biofuel

Your new offshore energy source: Floating algae farms

Forget offshore oil drilling. NASA’s working on a project that would generate clean, renewable offshore energy, by growing algae in floating plastic bags. These floating algae farms would take in wastewater from treatment plants. For …

Energy Policy

Why going green during a recession actually creates jobs

Economists have long known something that politicians apparently do not: If you need to impose expensive environmental regulations, there’s no better time than during a recession.

Critical List: Earthquake off the coast of Indonesia; Tennessee anti-climate teaching bill now a law

A look at the news of the day.

Biking

This is the coolest-looking, least practical bike helmet we’ve ever seen

Have you ever wanted to have a stunningly beautiful bike helmet that would shatter into dangerous splinters if you ever actually fell on your head? Well, you're in luck, because Instructables user Natalina has posted step-by-step procedures for making a helmet that looks like a disco ball.

Transportation

Chris Christie’s strategy for killing public transit: Lies, lies, and lies

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped the beating heart out of a N.Y.C.-Jersey transit project that public officials had only been planning for since, oh, 1995. At the time, he said the project would cost New Jersey too much. But guess what? He lied about the costs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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