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Umbra on hauling goods by bike

Hi Umbra, Love your column. I'm a daily bicycle commuter and coffee achiever. Here's a cool mug and handlebar mount [for the reader who asked about transporting coffee]. Cheers, John Denver, Colo. Dearest John, Thank you. Take a look at the Soma coffee mount John suggests, everyone -- it got rave reviews from beaucoup readers. Another fun beverage-toting suggestion was a whiskey-flask holder from Ahearne Cycles in Portland (thank you, dearest JP). Looking at the Ahearne site inspired me to rig up my very own juicy bike for some spring riding -- and to dedicate this column to the bike-curious, …

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Live Earth is back, so get ready to rock

Mark your calendars for Oct. 5: Live Earth is back and ready to rock. Kevin Wall, founder of last summer's international concert extravaganza, says that the October shows will be held on U.S. college campuses, and the focus will be on pushing the presidential candidates to address environmental issues. Locations, bands, and all other specifics are yet to be determined, but will Dreamy Al be involved again? Says Wall: "Absolutely."

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Poll: Meat or not?

Are you a vegetarian?

Tell us how you eat -- and then read an argument in favor of vegetarianism and heated reader responses. Poll under the fold: Sorry, the poll you are seeking no longer exists. If you’re in a voting mood, suggest a poll and you might just see it on the site.

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Driven to change

March small car sales up; SUV, truck sales down

Is $3.25 to $3.50 a gallon the long-awaited for inflexion point for driving a shift in U.S. car-buying habits? Obviously we can't know for sure, but the Detroit News reported that "cars outsold light trucks" in March. (One auto industry insider told me yesterday that this was only the second time that has ever happened in some two decades.) Yes, the recession no doubt had an impact on the sales of big, expensive vehicles. But since gasoline prices are going to mostly be going up over the next decade or two, possibly to well above $4 or even $5 a …

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From Burnin’ Love to Burnin’ Bras

Goodness graceland Eco Elvis lives, and he's gyrating those hips to hits like "Viva Las Vegans," "A Hunk, A Hunk of Burnin' Globe," and "Compost Hotel." Just call him The King ... of recycling. Courtesy of Eco Elvis Cansei de ser sustainable Brazilian band CSS (of iPod commercial fame) has lost bass player Ira Trevisan. Turns out climate change is her hot, hot sex. Low-hanging fruit Dear earth-hating feminists, get back in that damn kitchen -- and don't make us tell you again. Oh, and all that bra burning? It really does a number on the atmosphere. Next time, try …

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Can't see the chest hair for the trees

Harrison Ford bares chest for deforestation

Looking for the best way to "showcase the pain involved in deforestation"? Harrison Ford suggests a nice wax. 

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Kate tested, nature approved

Kate Hudson launches eco-friendly haircare line

Kate Hudson's no fool ... her new haircare line, David Babaii For Wildaid, is free of sulfates, parabens, and animal products. The products were tested on Kate, not on animals -- and proceeds will benefit Wildaid, a wildlife conservation org. So jealous that she gets to hang out with these guys!

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The Betty Crocker’s Cookbook of low-carbon living

When I got to college, the best book I bought was a 3-ring notebook-style Betty Crocker's Cookbook. Not adventurous food, but for someone who knew very little about anything concerning food, it was a great first book. It assumes that you are reading a cookbook because you want to know what to do, step-by-step -- instead of just hinting, it lays it out, with pictures and plain language. Great stuff. A couple times a year my wife and I still will ask one another, "What does Betty say to do with these?" I always think of Betty (and the old …

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Jay Leno Earth Day videos

Because I'm a video hu-a and will basically embed anything anybody sends me, I give you this from NBC:

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New bulb on the block

Spendy mercury-free LED bulb supposedly lasts 50,000 hours

Somewhere, in school or on the job, every engineer learns about tradeoffs -- that there is no free lunch, and that, once a design is at all reasonable, gains in one dimension come at the cost of compromises in others. The shorthand statement of this is the pithy evergreen in design classes: "Good, fast, and cheap. Pick two!" There's a new bulb out: a 13-watt LED array bulb with an integral diffuser, so you don't see the annoying space-craft look of little tiny rows of LEDs like the first-generation LED lamps offer. It has no mercury, a boon, and lasts …

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