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Cleantech

One Million Lights trades kerosene for solar in developing countries

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.

Climate & Energy

Rich white dudes: Environmentalists are out of touch with the working class

MSNBC’s Morning Joe is a font of conventional wisdom, so I don’t feel bad restating this old maxim: Everyone on Morning Joe is a jerk. Here’s the evidence, starting at 3:10 or so: The ever-wise Joe says that Obama’s “environmental base” is holding him back because the only type of energy environmentalists like is “getting granola and grinding it up and hoping sparks will come off of it.” Oh, and wind and solar matter so little, we might as well just give up on them now. Apparently, according to ex-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, enviros also think composting shredded tote bags …

Cities

Help build New York’s first underground park

The Low Line, an underground urban paradise on the Lower East Side, is soliciting funds through Kickstarter, which means that you can be part of the development of the city’s first underground community green space/zombie fortress. 

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