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Climate & Energy

Climate change could kill ice hockey in Canada

New study shows that climate change could leave Canada without any outdoor ice rinks by mid-century.

Critical List: More people have safe drinking water; Asia’s pollution is hitting the U.S.

The U.N. met its Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without safe drinking water. President Obama is giving a press conference this afternoon — the first in months. It’s supposed to be …

Animals

Oh, no big deal, just a LIVE PENGUIN CAM

SeaWorld San Diego set up a live cam starring 300 penguins.

Green Home

Now you can buy a prefab IKEA house

Oregon architecture firm ideabox is producing this prefab tiny house, which comes pre-installed with IKEA cabinets, flooring, and closets. The “activ” house is about 750 square feet and costs $86,500, and you can pick the …

Food Safety

School lunches still contain ‘pink slime’

For those among you who really miss the “pink slime” content of McDonald’s hamburgers and Taco Bell’s … everything, you can still get your fix of the ammonia-doused meat product, made of leftover, fatty trimmings. …

Business & Technology

Batteries could make power grid unnecessary in some countries

Aquion specializes in making large batteries, cheaply. They don’t look like much -- they live in a former TV factory outside Pittsburgh, and you'll probably never buy any of their products.

Infrastructure

A road made of crushed toilets

"Poticrete" is what Bellingham, Washington is calling their new road material, which incorporates ground-up toilets. Clever!

Pollution

Why less arctic ice means more mercury in your babies

Thin sea ice leads to a "bromine explosion" that turns gaseous mercury in the atmosphere into a toxic pollutant that falls on snow, land and ice and can accumulate in fish.

Critical List: Lorax tops box office; climate change worsened Texas drought

Grist is not so keen on the movie version of The Lorax, but the rest of the country is, apparently: The movie topped box offices this weekends. In Illinois, two cars crashed into a major …

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