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[Environmental disaster] hits [minority group] harder than whites, study finds

In coming years, expect many, many more headlines like this. Why, if you squint really hard, I bet you'll even see a pattern emerge!

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All about lighting

The WorldWatch Institute discusses a burst of new efforts from various and sundry governments to ban incandescent bulbs. Wal-Mart is using its considerable monopsony powers for good, forcing its suppliers to substantially reduce the amount of mercury in CFL bulbs. (Cool about the Wal-Mart solar buy too, huh?) CFL schmeeFL. LEDs are coming on strong!

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Orville Redenbacher must be stopped

My latest Victual Reality column looks at how perfectly wonderful foods like corn and butter get twisted up by food-industry marketers and flavor engineers, confusing people and often sending them scurrying in search of dubious, unhealthy, artificial substitutes -- which the food industry is only too willing to provide. As if on cue, out comes a New York Times piece on the horrors of microwave popcorn. Those unpleasant fumes that cloud the office when one of your co-workers pops a bag of Orville Redenbacher into the microwave? They really are noxious. (Thanks to reader Erica Stephan for alerting us to …

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What’s true in one area is often true in another

Nicholas Kristof has a great piece in today's NYT (behind the damn paywall) about why it's so hard to galvanize attention onto mass suffering. It could be quickly converted into a piece explaining why pictures of cute polar bears -- especially cute baby polar bears -- work so much better at getting people to pay attention to environmental problems than anything that actually shows their real scope. Hmmm, I'm going to have to stop talking about the problems inherent in jet travel as a mass problem ... now I'm thinking pictures of orphaned baby polar bears with small jets visible …

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The roar of jets drowns out the warnings about jet emissions

"New Plane Trips Outstripping Any Ecological Improvements in Flying": Aviation growth is soaring to an all-time high, raising the prospect of a huge increase in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. For the first time, more than 2.5 million commercial flights will be made around the world in a single month, with 2.51 million scheduled for May, says the flight information company OAG. This beats the previous record of 2.49 million flights last August. The figure marks year-on-year global growth in flight numbers of 5 per cent, which translates as an extra 114,000 flights and 17.7 million extra …

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Educate yourself before going vegan

From the Associated Press: A vegan couple were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice. I realize this is an extreme example, and these two were way out of the norm in their ignorance about vegan nutrition. I am not posting this to slam vegans. I'm just using it as an opportunity to give some unsolicited advice to any of you with children who are planning to go vegan: educate yourself thoroughly beforehand. Talk and listen to experienced, knowledgeable …

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Just because it’s awesome

Occasionally I like to revisit one of the greatest magazine feature leads ever written: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. Perfect.

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My continuing quest for total domination of obscure niche media

I forgot to mention that I was on EarthBeat radio the other day, which according to John Passacantando "does for environmental coverage on the airwaves what Grist Magazine does for the environment in the cyber world." And I think he means that's a good thing! Anyway, you can go here to download the show. I start jibber-jabbering about global warming and risk perception around minute 38.

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Umbra on class gifts, again

Dear Umbra, My class also wants to give a greener gift when we graduate in 2008. We are starting to plan, and though your suggestion of solar power is awesome and very true, that will not be possible at my Seventh-Day Adventist school. We did not receive permission to do anything like that. Is there anything else that we might do to inspire our campus to become green? Heather Pfeifle Berrien Springs, Mich. Dearest Heather, I'm torn. Normally I don't like getting long letters, because of my wee brain becoming overwhelmed, but in this case it would be helpful to …

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The Roscoe Culpepper Town Holler Coot

I am wholly uninterested in the fact that Paul Watson thinks human beings are the "AIDS of the earth" and that the only solution is "a complete transformation of all human realities." What I do find fascinating is that this essay bashing Watson is written by "The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow." The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow! Like a traveling banjo player at a hootenanny or something. How do I get a title like that? Henceforth, I demand to be known as The Roscoe Culpepper Town Holler Coot. Unless y'all have better ideas.

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