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Grist presents lists of eco-notable people, places, and things

15 Green Actors 15 Green Buildings 15 Green Business Founders 15 Green Cars 15 Green Chefs 15 Green Cities 15 Green Colleges 15 Green Fashion Finds 15 Green Fashionistas 15 Green Movies 15 Green Musicians and Bands 15 Green Politicians 15 Green Religious Leaders 15 Green Sports Stars

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Don’t pretend to write about this stuff out of concern, please

A while back, a guy who writes for a magazine called Radar emailed to alert me of his "exclusive" discovery that Barbara Streisand is totally a hypocrite!!1! I replied, in so many words: eh. Apparently it struck a nerve, as he has now gone on to pen an opus that strains mightily to convince us that celebrity eco-hypocrisy is a Very Important Subject that we should all take Very Seriously. Eh. Look, if he wants to spend his time on this stuff, it's his business. I can see the appeal. It's a cheap way to generate traffic. The hoi polloi …

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From Lohan to Lovin’

Paparazzi can you hear me? "I feel like the asshole, the idiot, because I feel like I'm distracting from the other things that are important, like global warming and that kind of stuff." We hear ya, Lindsay -- we had that same problem, until we listened to Leo. Photo: Tony Barson / WireImage.com Raising the handle bar Looking to ride around, Sally? Grab your spandex and sidle up to the BikeDispenser, an urban bike-rental stand that lets you grab some wheels and go. It'll also help you work off the calorie-laden crap you got out of that other vending machine. …

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Cats are the canaries of PBDEs

This is my cat, George. He is fat and grouchy, but I love him. He likes to sun himself on the patio. This is a link to Sightline's research on PBDEs, toxic flame retardants. A couple of years ago, we conducted a study of PBDEs and found high concentrations in the breast milk of nursing mothers throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was bad news. And what's the connection to George? Well, new scientific research shows that PBDEs are making house cats sick. (Major hat tip here to Lisa Stiffler, ace environmental reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who covers the story …

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More high-tech solutions for low-tech ideas

I first mentioned "neighborrow" a few weeks ago, in a column on the virtues of sharing. This week, we've got an interview with neighborrow founder Adam Berk, who gives us some background on how and why he started the site in his New York apartment building. The basic premise of neighborrow is that it makes no sense to buy stuff when you can get it from your neighbors for free. The site allows you to pool resources with the people who live near you. Everyone can list what they have to loan out, and what they're looking to borrow -- …

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Complaints Choir looking for members

Got good chords? Got stuff to bitch about? The first official U.S.-based Complaints Choir is forming in Chicago, and they'll be debuting on Nov. 3. The Complaints Choir is performance art -- people send in their complaints about life, the world, the environment, whatever's pissing them off, and then everyone gets together and makes a song out of them. Think the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for cynics, or at least people who are fed up with all the crap. A lot of the complaints have eco-themes -- the Finnish version of the choir notes that we've chopped down all the trees …

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Current TV wants to know

Current TV wants to know. Tell them here. And while you're at it, check out the :60 Seconds to Save the Earth Ecospot Contest on the Current site. The best short video message crafted to inspire action against climate change will win a Toyota hybrid, plus exposure on Current TV, MySpace's Impact Channel, and more. The contest is sponsored by Current TV and the Alliance for Climate Protection, in partnership with Grist.

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Lead, Swallow, or Get Out of the Play

Mattel adds to recall of millions of lead-painted toys In yet another blow to Big Toy, Mattel Inc. yesterday recalled some 9 million China-made playthings. While most were sets containing potentially swallowable magnets, the toymaker also pulled 253,000 lead-painted die-cast cars. Earlier this month, Mattel pulled an additional 1.5 million toys thought to be colored with lead paint, the first time it had ever issued a recall due to that toxic substance; the dangerous-toy recall boom kicked off in June with RC2's pullback of 1.5 million lead-painted Thomas the Tank Engine trains. All of the recalled toys originated in China, …

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You know what they say about enviros with big feet …

Each of these pairs of shoes represents a different (real) woman in a new feature at Marie Claire: "Whose Carbon Footprint Is the Smallest?" See if you can guess: THE URBAN HIPSTER "I eat out way too much. I drink bottled water. I do the club scene a lot. Am I busted?" --Nikea, 29, public defender THE MOUNTAIN MAVEN "Even my cappuccino maker and hair dryer are solar-powered." --Melissa, 33, land-conservation program manager THE GLOBE-TROTTER "I've never learned how to drive. I always use public transportation." --Josie, 26, marketing manager

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Comin’ ’round the bend

Coming to a showroom near you: a $30,000 all-electric sedan with a top speed of 80mph and a range of 120 miles per charge. Why the low price? It's made in China, with cheap labor and advanced lithium ion batteries that came out of government-funded research. There's competition: Phoenix Motors has a four-door utility truck with similar performance capabilities that it's planning on selling to the public around the same time. And Tesla Motors, makers of the $100,000 all-electric Tesla Roadster which is expected to enter limited production by the end of the year, has plans to enter the sedan …

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