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Panels for Powell's!

Northwest bookstore goes solar, gets compared to candy

Photo: Thomas Hawk Hearing the news that Oregon darling Powell's Books is getting a crapload of solar panels is akin to learning that Santa recycles or Mother Teresa loved to compost. Yep, Powell's -- especially the block-long location in downtown Portland with color-coded rooms -- is that beloved. Construction has already started on a 100-kilowatt PV system topping the warehouse in northwest Portland. And in December, Powell's will start using the sun's juice from one of Oregon's biggest solar panel installations, which will reportedly pay for itself in five years. And for all you Doubting Debbies, sure, the Northwest is …

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Turkey-ish delight

A meat-free turkey slideshow and other vegetarian Thanksgiving fare

In the spirit of holiday gratitude, Grist would like to give thanks for those creative souls who play with their food. Because without them, we wouldn't have this festive slideshow of meat-free masterpieces shaped like turkeys! (OK, you'll notice we snuck in one or two non-edible turkeys too, but they were just too good not to pass around the table this Thanksgiving.) We're not pulling your wattle here; we just love to gobble up vegetarian-friendly holiday fare every chance we get. What better way to celebrate not eating our feathered friends than with a shrine to their likeness? Whether it's …

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'Tis better to give local than to receive

Give back to the community by gifting locally

By doing your shopping at locally owned stores or purchasing from local artisans, you're helping boost the local economy, support your fellow citizens, and generally spreading good cheer throughout your 'hood. Not to mention contributing to a smaller carbon footprint by staying away from stuff that has been shipped halfway around the world just to get to your local big-box shelves. Below, some local-shopping suggestions that should satisfy everyone on your list -- along with a special spotlight on local businesses for the giftless in Seattle (where I live). Have more suggestions for Seattle or hints from your own hometown? …

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Show us your hopes!

Grist seeks photos from readers far and wide

What with the nation being full of hope and promise and all, we thought we'd get in on the action. So we're asking you -- our dearest readers -- to show us your hopes! Send us a photo (or many photos) documenting your green hopes for 2009. Show us your hopeful, happy face, or some creative alternative. We'll collect images over the next month, then feature the best ones on our site in the new year. Not sure what you'd send? Here are a few to get you rolling:   And here's how to send 'em: Email pix@grist.org and attach …

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Umbra on rainforest-protection gifts

Dear Umbra, This year for Christmas, I want to buy hectares of rainforest for some of my in-laws instead of the usual gift items that may end up in someone's closet and forgotten, if not regifted. How do organizations that protect rainforests in this way operate, and how do I know a high percentage of my investment isn't going toward administrative costs? Can you recommend a worthwhile program of this nature? Nancy Holden, Mass. Dearest Nancy, Clever -- a gift so large it won't fit in the closet. It may be forgotten, though, since no one is going to accidentally …

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Green is thy fame

Notre Dame and Syracuse face off in football and climate change

The Fighting Irish and the Orangemen grapple over gridiron green. Photo: Ashley Braun As a loyal Notre Dame alumna, I feel it's my duty not only to rally behind my team on the football field, but also to rally behind their efforts at fighting climate change. Thanks to NBC Universal and their "Green is Universal" biz, the two become one. In anticipation of the ND vs. Syracuse game this past weekend, NBC offered up a whopping $10K to the university who rallies the most to cut carbon emissions by November 30 via Carbonrally.com. Trash talk off the field. Photo: Ashley …

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Don’t be a turkey — show them you care

Whether you're getting ready to feast on a feathered friend, protest the cruelty of cutlets, or something in between, take a moment to show your loved ones you care by sending a Grist e-card. They'll never think of Thanksgiving the same way again. Send | Enlarge Send | Enlarge Send | Enlarge Send | Enlarge Yes, these are the same cards we published last year. Let's hear it for recycling!              

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Like catastrophic climate change on your wedding day

NBC nixes TV’s only global climate change show during ‘Green Week’

Greenwashing is universal, at least at NBC. Last year, I pointed out the uber-lameness of NBC's "Green is Universal" week. This year's was worse. The few NBC primetime shows I watch don't even seem to bother anymore -- if any readers actually saw any green programming outside of the news division, let me know. But the real farce for NBC is that in the middle of their greenwashing exercise they fired the Weather Channel's Environmental Unit! You cannot make this stuff up. OK, in theory, if you were a writer for an NBC show, you could make this stuff up …

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From Nation to Urination

Obama mamas Can we contribute to overpopulation with post-election celebration? Yes we can -- literally. Photo: tjroberts79 What's shakin', bacon? James Bond likes to pig out on a breakfast that's bacon, not stirred. While filming, the sizzling star would have no solace until he brought home the bacon. But he went from the frying pan to a fiery letter from PETA for trying to save his bacon. And those are all the bacon bits; we think we've gone whole hog. All iPhone want for Christmas Santa baby, slip an iPhone under the tree, for me. Think of all the shared …

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Mom’s exposure to hairspray linked to genital defects in baby boys

Women exposed to lots of hairspray in the workplace -- hairdressers, beauticians, and the like -- are more likely to give birth to boys with genital defects, says a British study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Surprise: Hairspray contains phthalates.

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