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Honda ditches Accord hybrid

Honda is ditching the Accord Hybrid because it discovered that ... are you sitting down? ... people who buy hybrids like good gas mileage.

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From Splits to Stamps

Enthusiasm officially curbed We knew global warming was a partisan issue. But tearing a marriage apart? Now that's an inconvenient truth. Photo: Alex Berliner Kilimanjaro softly Mount Kilimanjaro, the Everglades, the Great Barrier Reef, and other treasured vacay spots are being threatened by over-tourism. Quick, go forth and spew massive amounts of CO2 to see them before they are destroyed by massive amounts of CO2! Photo: iStockphoto Gamblin', man High-rollin' hunks + hotel heists + BMW Hydrogen 7 = hottness. Photo: Vince Bucci / Getty Images for BMW Back to the future You heard it here, uh, second: fighting climate …

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Lots of fruits and bread in Sicily; lots of junk in North Carolina

There is a fascinating photo essay over on Time magazine's website. Using a format similar to that used by photojournalists who have posed families in front of their entire household possessions, this one shows what a few families around the world typically purchase to eat over the course of a week. Not exactly a scientific survey, but revealing nonetheless.

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I’M IN UR PLANET, GETTIN ALL HOT N BOTHERED

Things that global warming is responsible for: Melting glaciers, skinny polar bears, disappearing coastlines, and rampant kitty sex. That's right. We're seeing an increase in hot pussy action as global warming gets America's cats all hot and bothered. Climate change is expanding the kitty mating season and creating -- you guessed it -- more baby kitties. According to the group Pets Across America, there was a 30 percent increase [PDF] in the number of cats and kittens coming into some of their shelters from 2005 to 2006, while the organization saw a 7 percent increase overall. Other shelters across the …

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Ruminations on food, class, and Carlo Petrini

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between," Oscar Wilde once quipped. Fresh, yes, but is it affordable? Photo: Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Such observations didn't always endear him to Victorian-era Americans. Wilde's 1881 lecture tour of the United States, while ultimately viewed as a triumph, occasionally drew hecklers. This spring, another famed European aesthete with the gift of gab swept through the U.S.: Carlo Petrini, the Italian founder of the Slow Food movement. And like Wilde, Petrini's blunt generalities about New World customs sometimes rankled his would-be admirers. In Petrini's case, his …

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Be there!

I'm bumping this back up to the top. Party's next Wed.! Hey all you wonky Washington, D.C., nerdlings: We're coming to your town! That's right, it's time to party with Grist -- and your fellow Grist readers. After the way Grist rocked San Francisco, I sure hope D.C. brings its A-game. Or does the vaunted Northeast Establishment want to get schooled by the West Coast? I didn't think so. For all the details about the party (Wed. June 13, 6pm - 9pm, The Reef) and to RSVP, go here. Better be quick -- we've almost filled the joint to capacity …

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Laurie and Larry David call it quits

Is it because she gave away his hybrid? Dunno, but if you want to read a bunch of substance-free psychobabble about the possible reasons why Laurie and Larry David are divorcing, you're in luck.

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Skip it

You can skip George Monbiot's book Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Slightly longer book review: Because there are far too many climate books to read, I confess I apply a litmus test. I look up "hydrogen" in the index. If the writer thinks it's a climate solution, the book can be skipped. I thought I would like this book, since I like many of the columns by the British author, including an early excerpt on the connection of the global warming deniers to big tobacco. But on page 162, he writes, "hydrogen fuel cells are beginning to …

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Unfortunate

NASA administrator Michael Griffin offered a lame apology for his denier remarks on climate change. The Associated Press reports that Griffin "regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview." That is, he apologized for speaking his mind. Sad. In a related story, the media revealed a recent report on how NASA and the Bush administration are gutting earth observation work crucial to tracking climate change: The Bush administration is drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as the president tries to convince the world the U.S. is ready to take the …

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That’s It, We’re Not Washing Our Undies Anymore

Groups ask U.S. EPA to ban chemical in detergent that feminizes fish Your detergent gets your clothes clean, sure -- but does it feminize your trout? Five green groups and a labor union are petitioning the U.S. EPA to ban a family of chemicals used in cleaning products that have been linked to gender changes in fish. Each year, the U.S. produces about 400 million pounds of nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates, much of which ends up in waterways by way of sewers. In lab tests, the endocrine disruptors have been shown to cause male fish to develop female characteristics; finned …

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