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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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Grist reader party in Washington, D.C. -- June 13

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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Splitsville

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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Really short book review: Monbiot's <em>Heat</em>

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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NASA chief Griffin stands by his Luddite remarks -- as space agency guts climate science work

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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Not-so-easy listenin'

A couple of podcasts for your commuting pleasure

I've run across these shows in the past couple days, and thought fellow Gristmill readers might like to hear them too. The first is Science Friday's "Hour One" from last week. There is a segment on carbon sequestration, which I have yet to form an opinion on, and also one on generating hydrogen. The second, which I'm actually listening to as we speak, is about the economic benefits of "going green." Apparently being environmentally conscious is a smart business move! Go figure. The podcast comes from a series called "TED Talks" and the show can be downloaded here. Enjoy!

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Jet-propelled greenwashing

We had to destroy the village to make it a global village

The job of the PR industry: comforting the comfortable, afflicting the afflicted. Now on to protecting the feelings of the poor maligned air travel industry: As part of the makeover, there's a short in-flight video, titled "Flying's a Wonderful Thing," that has been produced to ease consumer guilt over plane travel, and brochures have been printed. "Air transport made the global village a reality," one pamphlet says.

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Susan Griffin-Black, purveyor of organic bath and body care products, answers Grist’s questions

Susan Griffin-Black. What work do you do? I am the co-CEO and co-founder of EO. I am also affiliated with Youth for Environmental Sanity, Pachamama Alliance, Marin Organic, the Organic Trade Association's Personal Care Task Force, and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. How does it relate to the environment? EO is a certified organic, family-owned and -operated manufacturer of bath and body care products based on the traditional healing and therapeutic wisdom of plant-based essential oils. Not only are they safe, gentle, and effective, but they also awaken the senses to enhance natural beauty. Our intention is to bring aromatherapeutic pleasure …

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