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A techno blog for the doubters

Stumbled on a great site -- Low Tech Magazine. Here's a short bit from just one of many beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking posts: Flying has become cheaper than taking a train or driving a car. Yet, environmental concerns, dwindling fuel reserves and fast rising kerosene prices are threatening to turn airline travel into a privilege for the rich again. This should not mean the end of mass travel or tourism, however. Before mass air travel took off in the 1960s, people crossed the globe in majestic passenger ships. Reintroducing ocean liners would be more than a nostalgic move: it would …

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Demand outstripping supply again

Buying a high-mileage car easier said than done

My brother-in-law recently sent me a spreadsheet he'd built that compares a Prius and two similar-sized cars. He just wanted to know if "doing the right thing was going to cost me." The numbers said to buy a Prius. Ideally, going green should always be a win-win situation. Then, however, he found that the waiting list is "baaaack!" So he'll have to put down a deposit just to get in line. He was quite disappointed and may now buy a different car. My car is also on the ropes. A few months ago, I asked for car advice and got …

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Greening the evangelicals

A new video about creation care

Another sharp new piece from the American News Project:

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Public transit ridership is up, but no one’s talking about a better system

But how long will they wait for infrastructure improvements? Photo: Sharat Ganapati One year ago, as America prepared for the traditional summer-driving crush, op-ed pages nationwide fretted over a disturbing trend. Only a decade earlier, oil had plumbed depths near $10 per barrel, and dirt-cheap gas had allowed us to roll over the nation's blacktop in vehicles of monster-truck proportions. But now something odd was happening: In just nine short years, real oil prices had quadrupled. The steady upward march threatened all that we held dear, like Chevy Tahoes, the open road, and driving alone. How, the nation's pundits wondered …

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From Turnoff to Turn-on

Just don't hit eject Overpopulation give you pause? Then give it pause, boys, with a remote control that halts sperm in its tracks. Perfect for dates on fast-forward -- though it does involve microchipping your manhood. But did we mention the remote control? Booty call to action If you're bummed about climate change, panty up for some eco-skivvies. Made in the world's first carbon-neutral clothing factory, these thongs feel so right. Staycation: all we ever wanted It's the summer of staycations: folks are choosing patio tables over tray tables, backyard pools over exotic cruises, and "well, here we are" over …

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An eco-friendly gift guide for Father’s Day

I will be your father figure, I have had enough of clime. You're already planning to whip up a delectable dinner for Dad; the lawn is freshly mown; and you're saving that request for plumbing advice 'til June 16. What else could a father ask for? If you still feel the need to shop, make sure the green you drop is actually green with these easy-on-the-Earth gift ideas. Mmm, the world of organic beer. Organic swillin' and grillin' Tom Philpott did the painstaking work of testing seven organic beers -- now all you have to do is pick one Dad …

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Neve gonna get it

Neve Campbell’s eco-flick won’t air in the U.S.

Neve Campbell. Burn Up is the (totally and completely fictional) story about a clash between Big Oil and Big Green. The Canadian/British miniseries features Party of Five star Neve Campbell as an environmentalist hired to work for an oil company (as a greenwash decoy, of course, though she doesn't realize it until too late ... mwahahaha). Unfortunately for us Yanks, though, Burn Up will not be airing stateside. (At least not yet.) But if you're one of our lucky readers in Canada or the U.K., catch it Tuesday and Wednesday on Global or BBC, respectively.

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Departed from gasoline

Oceans of love for the Tesla-driving Matt Damon

Photo: PBS Not that I'm f*cking (in love with) Matt Damon and would use even vaguely green news as an excuse to write about him -- what would give you that idea? -- but the Bourne star was spotted earlier this week taking a Tesla prototype for a spin. Autofiends.com chatted him up about how fast it accelerates; it took the writer minutes to notice that the guy he was talking to was Damon (!). Ecorazzi reported in August that Damon added his name to a waiting list for the electric sports car. Further proof Matty loves the earth? He …

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New climate campaign aimed at U.S. consumers

A European campaign to raise consumer awareness of climate change has made its U.S. debut. The Together campaign -- not to be confused with the similarly named-and-agendaed "we" campaign -- was initiated by the nonprofit Climate Group and kicked off in the U.S. by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Various nonprofits, companies, and politicians are involved; Together, they'll seek to guide consumers to greener products and practices (aggregating the CO2 and dollars saved in an aptly named "Togetherizer"). "I extend my best wishes for every success in saying 'Hasta …

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A primer on organic wines, and a sweet way to bring them to the table

Psst! Organic wine doesn't suck. About 15 years ago, a friend brought an organic wine to a dinner party I was giving. He explained to me that in addition to being made from grapes that are grown organically, organic wines don't contain any added sulfites (some sulfites occur naturally as a result of the fermentation process). Since I try hard to use organic products as much as I can afford to, I began to look for organic wines when I went shopping. The choices were few and far between. Wine-industry people I knew seemed to hate the organic wine. They'd …

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