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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.


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.


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.

Climate & Energy

Earth is losing 39 cubic miles of ice per year

Thanks to the GRACE satellite, we now know that the planet is shedding 150 billion tons of ice annually, like some gigantic glass of lemonade left out in the sun.

Critical List: Obama budget ups clean energy funding; Monsanto poisoned farmer

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy that chocolate now: it could be harder to find as climate change takes its toll on the cacao tree. Here are some other “green(ish)” ideas for presents to the one you love, be it your sweetie, your kid, your BFF, or your favorite teacher. And here’s Grist’s V-day roundup. President Obama’s 2013 budget increased funding for renewable energy by 29 percent. In France, a judge found Monsanto guilty of poisoning a farmer who was exposed some of the company’s weedkiller. Hurricanes could tear up offshore wind turbines

Sustainable Farming

Even Fox News likes this anti-factory-farm ad

This adorable/emotional Chipotle ad, featuring Willie Nelson justifying Coldplay's existence, has stolen the heart of ... Fox News.

Urban Agriculture

Sweden builds 18-story greenhouse

Swedish company Plantagon International is taking the urban greenhouse to the next level, and then the 17 levels beyond that. Their new vertical greenhouse in Linköping, Sweden will be 177 feet high.

Industrial Agriculture

McDonald’s becomes one iota less horrible to pigs

McDonald’s has announced that it’s requiring pork suppliers to phase out gestation stalls — pig-sized pig cages where pregnant sows are confined, often unable to stand up or move around. Whoa, McDonald’s food has actual pigs in it? Who knew.

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