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Green car sales were up in 2012, and should be even more up in 2013

Hybrid and electric cars account for just a tiny fraction of U.S. auto sales -- 3.3 percent in 2012. But that tiny fraction is growing fast!

Condom-themed restaurant will solve hunger and overpopulation simultaneously

Bangkok's Condoms & Cabbages restaurant is decorated with rubber-draped light fixtures and mannequins wearing elaborate condom-based outfits.

Ask Umbra: Eat a baby orange, kill a baby seal?

A reader wonders what happens to the mesh bags clementines come in. Umbra says those darling little oranges can make a mess in the caverns, in the canyons, and even the foaming brine.

Climate change may ruin Lake Tahoe’s beautiful blueness

Not to mention the area's ski resorts.

Did removing lead from gasoline cause crime rates to plummet?

Mother Jones makes a strong case that it did -- but we should remove lead from the environment regardless.

The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013

Grist’s green-living pioneer has spent the past year trying to be a little kinder to the planet. Interested in doing the same? Here are five simple guidelines.

Fiscal-cliff deal ups tax benefit for transit riders

Congress almost drove the crazy train off the fiscal cliff, but turned away just in time, yielding tax benefits for mass-transit riders.

Avis buys Zipcar, delighting investors and unnerving customers

A deal to acquire the car-sharing company might make more Zipcars available on the weekends. It might also kill the business altogether.

You spend up to three months a year searching through your clutter

Go ahead -- get rid of it.