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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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Atoning for a carbon footprint?

Ian McEwan writing a novel about climate change — with funniness!

Ian McEwan. Photo: Eamon McCabe Booker Prize-winning British novelist Ian McEwan, now best known for Atonement, is at work on a new novel about climate change that will include "extended comic stretches," The Guardian reports. The unnamed work isn't due out for another two years, but McEwan read an excerpt to an audience in Wales on Sunday. The protagonist of the forthcoming novel is Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard, who aspires to save the planet, and also fights a more mundane battle against his food cravings. Reports The Guardian's Judith Soal: [McEwan] said he had wanted to tackle climate change …

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Umbra on carbon calculators

Dearest Umbra, I recently heard an interesting interview on NPR, and the speaker was talking about how, to stop global warming, all humans would have to limit their carbon emissions to just one ton of carbon per person, per year. I've never weighed my carbon emissions, but I'm going to guess that I throw a lot more weight around than one ton. What would I have to do to slim my ton to one? I'm approaching my carbon tonnage like a diet -- I need to know how many "calories" I'm bringing in through what I consume, drive, and engage …

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Discover Planet Green

Discovery’s new green network launches tomorrow

Do not adjust your television set. What you are seeing -- the rebranding of Discovery Home Channel as Planet Green -- is perfectly normal. Actually, it's better than normal; it's making "green" normal. Beginning at 6 p.m. EDT tomorrow, some 50 million homes will be introduced to 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming as the 24/7 Planet Green network launches. Here's a look at the lineup: Premiering in June Alter EcoThe Show Formerly Known As The Green Life is billed as a makeover series wherein Adrian Grenier and "his entourage" help everyday folk go green. And yes, I've already …

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Are we medicating and educating our solutions away?

Best talk on education ever, from Sir Ken Robinson:

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