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Bonnaroo part deux

I’m baaaack …

I'm writing this post while sitting at the Grist booth at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. If you're here, come say hi -- and explain why you're reading Gristmill instead of listening to some of the amazing music out here. It seems like it was just a year ago that I was out here reporting on all the ways Bonnaroo is making efforts to go green. And wondering how I would survive four nights in a tent ... let alone set it up. I guess I just couldn't get enough. Except you know how they say "practice …

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Berries, brewpubs, and a blitz torte recipe

I am traveling on the West Coast, and have been diligently eating my way southward. I've been to Victoria, B.C., for a conference on agriculture and sustainability; to Sooke Harbour, B.C., where I visited Sooke Harbor House and took a tour of their organic garden and on-site water reclamation plant; and to Vancouver, B.C., where I had dinner with Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, authors of the local-eating manifesto Plenty. In Seattle, I met the Grist staff, and in Portland, I had dinner at Fife, a restaurant that's applying for organic certification. By chance, I happened to get to Portland …

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I'll take Ted Danson for $800, Alex

Oceana board member featured as quiz show category

Answer: He once played the role of a former Red Sox pitcher-turned bartender, now he plays the part of ocean crusader as a member of Oceana's Board of Directors. Who is Ted Danson? The actor, who's advocated for ocean conservation for nearly 20 years, has appeared in everything from Saving Private Ryan to HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Most recently he appeared as one of the categories on the television quiz show Jeopardy! Acting and advocacy -- that's what we call a true daily double.

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Hybrid bike update

Dumb and not so dumb questions answered

Well, here's some more footage of my new bike. I couldn't think of a better way to convey its ability to accelerate uphill than to just do it with normal bikes in the background for comparison. Note the dearth of spandex. Is this fad about to go the way of the powdered wig? The following are some answers to frequently asked questions: Q: How fast can it go? A: I don't know. In theory, my car can do 110 mph, but I will never drive it that fast. It is acceleration that matters, not top speed. Q: Can you recharge …

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We Always Knew They’d Turn to Communism

U.K. green-computing task force recommends centralizing data A newly formed United Kingdom task force will work to reduce the energy-sucking impacts of computing equipment, which some say pumps as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere there as the airline industry. The public-private partnership, called "Green Shift," will study how to make PCs and their related equipment more efficient. The group's first endeavor is to reduce the load on home computers by making applications such as office programs, email, and internet browsing available through a network of remote data centers accessed via broadband. This, they say, would allow manufacturers to build …

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On the Ball: Steve Nash and coal ash

Not together

First and foremost: If you have Windows Media Player, check out this PSA from basketball hottie Steve Nash. "When the Suns get hot, that's good. But when the earth gets hot, that's bad." Swoon! Second and, uh, secondmost, there's stuff out there about Beijing 2008 and London 2012. But there will be stories about the environmental impact of the Olympics ad nauseum in the future (perhaps even some from me!). Wouldn't you rather read about the potential drawbacks of building a youth football field out of toxic coal ash in Versailles? (The one in Kentucky, that is.) Photo: FotoSports / …

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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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What the world eats

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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Hello, Kitties

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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