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The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its daily print edition in April 2009

Wow -- the Christian Science Monitor is going to bag its print version. This is a very big deal. In 10 years, my guess is that printed papers will be rather rare. The ramifications are huge for the environment.

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Send a Grist Halloween e-card

With Election Day looming, this Halloween may be even spookier than usual. Elect to send your loved ones a Grist e-card -- just to show them that you scare. (And check out last year's cards -- still fresh and sendable!)   Send | Enlarge Dear Planet, Mm, you look luscious. Your land is so curvy, your oceans so moist, your tar sands so ... tender. Meet me when the sun goes down? Love, Big Oil Hope Your Halloween Doesn't Suck!   Send | Enlarge Witches and goblins do frighten And zombies my heart rate do heighten But the one I fear most …

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Ford Smart Gauge urges driver fuel efficiency

Trying to reduce gas consumption? Drivers of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids will be assisted by a Smart Gauge that screams instructions like a panicked driver's ed teacher shows, among other things, multiplying green leaves as drivers drive more fuel-efficiently. Ford will also improve how far the cars can go on electricity alone, estimating that they could cover some 700 miles on a single tank of gas.

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How to green your garage

Start greening your car hole. Photo: Paul Salzman Alt-rock band Weezer kept a Dungeon Master's Guide, 12-sided die, and KISS posters there. Yours likely has a jumble of old tires, extension cords, motor oil, tire pumps, or camping gear. Not to get all SAT on you, but a garage is to a house what a junk drawer is to a kitchen: the messy catchall for random crap. Just thinking about cleaning it up elicits a groan, and those of us who are vehicle-free aren't exempt -- somehow dusty cast-offs accumulate all the quicker sans automobile. But how to dispose of …

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Green jobs music video

This is too long, but I still like it:

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Signs of life

The Encyclopedia of Life keeps plugging along

Check out this article by Wade Roush writing for Xconomy. Interestingly enough, his thoughts parallel those expressed in two previous posts I've done on this topic. I'm happy to see that you can now use Flickr to upload your photographs to the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) database. Huh, wonder where they got that idea? Hopefully they will continue to take advice from the peanut gallery to help get this show on the road. They certainly seem to be moving in the right direction. Visit their "help us" page if you would like to know how you can contribute. Roush: ... …

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Umbra on soap

Dear Umbra, Every time I'm lathering with Dr. Bronner's hemp castile soap, I wonder, what is castile soap? And how is it different from my bar of olive oil-based soap from the farmers market, or my partner's Dove? Finally, does the ingredient triclosan in antibacterial soap really convert to dioxin in sunlight? And if so, wouldn't that be more reason (more than, say, the fact that it doesn't kill more bacteria than other soap) to get this now-ubiquitous stuff off the market? Cleanly, Susan Washington, D.C. Dearest Susan, You know I love this kind of thrilling research, so oft delayed …

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Save transit, save the world

Public spending on transit is an easy call

Katharine Mieszkowski tells the sordid story: in the U.S., ridership for public transit is up, demand is up, but funding is going down and transit systems are decaying. The Washington Post says "[D.C.] Metro and 30 other transit agencies across the country may have to pay billions of dollars to large banks as years-old financing deals unravel, potentially hurting service for millions of bus and train riders." Not good. Meanwhile! Reconnecting America recently released new report: "Jumpstarting the Transit Space Race: How the New Administration Could Make America Energy-Independent, Create Jobs and Keep the Economy Strong." Is shows that demand …

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Green party

The Electric Slide -- now with actual electricity.

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