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Climate Skeptics

Secret Heartland Institute memos map a climate-denial campaign

Looks like someone has pulled a Climategate on denialist think tank the Heartland Institute. (Is “think tank” the correct term for an institution devoted to spreading misinformation? Maybe “lie tank” is better.) Turns out that — surprise surprise — they take donations from the Koch brothers, as well as tobacco companies and Microsoft. And then they pay off pundits and scientists to publicly wage war on facts.

Green Living Tips

Insanely catchy song urges you to poop in a bucket

Pooping in a bucket might not save the world, but this is definitely going to be stuck in your head for a while.

Industrial Agriculture

French judge: Monsanto poisoned farmer

In 2004, Paul François, a French farmer, breathed in the vapor of Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning out the tank of a crop sprayer. He lost consciousness and later suffered from memory loss and headaches. Monday, a French court found that Monsanto could be held liable for poisoning François.

Animals

Did fracking turn this squirrel purple?

One of the explanations being floated for the purple squirrel recently captured in Pennsylvania: An organobromide overdose caused by fracking. Yeah, it sounds a little far-fetched, but doesn’t it sound more interesting than “it fell in a port-a-potty”?

Oil

Bill McKibben discusses his 700,000 anti-Keystone emails on Colbert

The 350.org founder appeared on the Colbert Report to discuss the anti-Keystone campaign.

Business & Technology

This app gets rid of your junk mail

Free app iOS/Android/WP7 app PaperKarma purports to unsubscribe you from junk mail and catalog lists with just a snapshot. You take pictures of your junk mail haul, and PaperKarma identifies the senders and notifies them to leave you the hell alone.

Climate & Energy

How ancient humans killed off Africa’s rainforests

It turns out humans radically accelerated the loss of Africa’s forests 3,000 years ago.

Cities

Why the 21st century will see migration back to the Rust Belt

Now that climate change means the Sun Belt is becoming the Drought Belt, you might want to head north.

Animals

Happy Valentine’s Day, here’s a sheep and a deer getting married

Oh look, it's Rick Santorum's worst nightmare. Changmao the ram and Chunzi the doe are engaging in some sheep-on-deer marriage at China's Yunnan Provincial Wildlife Park today.

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