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Cities

Smallest legal apartment in California is prefab, adorbs

Check out the smallest studio apartment you can build by law in California: It's 160 square feet, and it includes a bevy of space-saving measures.

Climate & Energy

Texas lost half a billion trees in current drought

This is what long-term desertification looks like: The state of Texas lost 5.6 million urban trees -- and as many as 500 million forest trees -- in the drought that’s been going on since last year.

Climate Change

Prove climate change doesn’t exist, get an awesome gun

Todd Tanner will give you his gun when you pry it from his cold, convinced-of-the-nonexistence-of-climate-change hands. Tanner, the chair of the new group Conservation Hawks — sportsmen (i.e. hunters) who don’t want climate change to ruin their fun — has challenged anyone to prove to him that climate change shouldn’t be a concern. If you win, he will give you, the Conservationist’s Hal Herring reports, “his most prized possession: A Beretta Silver Pigeon 12 gauge over/under that was a gift from his wife, and has been a faithful companion on many a Montana bird hunt.” (Grist List doesn’t know that …

Biofuel

Mexico City’s giant landfill will power 35,000 homes

Mexico City will open a landfill gas power plant, which should be able to power 35,000 homes at its peak.

Politics

Peter Gleick: Hero or moral moron?

Scientist Peter Gleick came forward to admit he first obtained the documents revealing the inner workings of the climate-denying Heartland Institute. Was he Goofus or Gallant? Here's a sampling of arguments on either side.

Election 2012

Santorum campaign can’t tell the difference between environmentalism and Islam

Rick Santorum said this weekend that President Obama believed in a "phony theology," sparking concerns that he was publicly denying that the president is a Christian. He later clarified that he was referring to Obama's energy policy. Wait, what?

Critical List: Heartland documents obtained using deception; killer whales OK with climate change

Peter Gleick, a water expert and climate scientist, says he obtained documents that revealed the inner workings of the Heartland Institute by soliciting them from the group under someone else’s name. A new study says that exploiting Canada’s tar sands might not exacerbate climate change as much as environmental groups fear. Mexico and the U.S. are going to work together on offshore oil drilling.

Oil

Newest anti-Keystone activists: Tea Partiers

If there’s anything the Tea Party hates, it’s whatever the government is doing right now. Which means greens have picked up some unusual allies in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline: Texas Tea Partiers who think the project violates property rights. “Crippling someone’s water supply knows no party line,” said Rita Beving, consultant to the bipartisan East Texas Sub-Regional Planning Commission. A Republican mayor and a Democratic city secretary lead the group’s fight against the pipeline.

Biking

100-year-old sets cycling record

French centenarian Robert Marchand (that’s not him above, we just didn’t have permission to use the Reuters photo) has set a new cycling record: The furthest distance ridden in an hour in the 100-and-over category. Also, the smallest distance. Also, the first hour ride. There’s not a lot of competition in this age bracket.

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