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We got TRASHed, and angry

The Girls of Grist do Sasquatch

A group of Grist hotties ladies just returned from the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge in George, Wash., where we spent two days volunteering at the TRASHed Recycling Store, sponsored by Global Inheritance, a hip nonprofit based in California that combines creativity, youthful enthusiasm, and activism into unique, progressive-minded projects. They travel around and do activisty things at different events that the yoot flock to, like Coachella, the X Games, and Sasquatch. We heart Global Inheritance big time. The TRASHed Recycling Store is a place where concertgoers can turn in recyclable cans and bottles in exchange for points. They …

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Live Earth: Linkin Park to headline Tokyo show

And start a green tour

Live Earth organizers announced today that Linkin Park will headline the Tokyo show. They also announced that Japan will be the only country to have two events -- one in surburban Tokyo (the mainstage featuring Linkin Park) and one at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto (and I think you get the connection there). The Kyoto temple event will feature the Yellow Magic Orchestra, an electropop outfit starring Ryuichi Sakamoto, who wrote the score for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and collaborated on movies including The Last Emperor. Also playing the Tokyo stage are three top-selling female Japanese artists, Ai Otsuka, Cocco, …

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Two Green Builders Take Trains Leaving From Different Stations…

U.S. schools betting on benefits of going green When we were kids, the only thing green about our schools was the vomit-hued paint on the bathroom walls. But times change, and these days, schools across the U.S. are incorporating green features that save money, improve student performance, and help protect the planet. The trend is growing so much that the U.S. Green Building Council recently adopted school certification standards; 27 schools have been certified, and nearly 300 are on the waiting list. Lindsay Baker, who manages the program, says the past six months have been "overwhelming. There is a general …

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The skinny on fair-trade fashion

Which companies are going beyond green

"Eco fashion" has definitely become the buzzword of the moment. Within the last month alone, my office has received calls from over a half-dozen trade shows and runway organizers seeking to green their events. Apparel companies and clients feverishly searching for organic clothing sources are also becoming quite common. The press seems to be foaming at the mouth for new material too, which is always a good sign; but, in the U.S. at least, we have yet to graduate beyond the "green" theme. This week I'll be speaking to a U.K.-based women's glossy on "ethical fashion," a term I hear …

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Al Gore on Charlie Rose

An hour-long discussion

Here's Al Gore appearing on Charlie Rose. It's about an hour long:

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Kunstler nails it

Taking on the belief that technotoys will allow the status quo to continue

James Howard Kunstler, dyspeptic critic and peak oil Paul Revere, nails the people whose approach to the twin calamities of global heating and peak oil is to spend all their time trying to cobble together the McGyver solution that saves the day, rather than trying to adapt to the new, low-energy imperative. My belief is that the more time we spend trying to find the McGuyvers, the more likely we are to respond poorly when we find that no amount of McGuyvers are going to allow us to maintain the carburban dreamscape. Most particularly, I fear that the more energy …

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For Memorial Day: The war prayer

By Mark Twain

The war prayer: For background, see Kevin Drum and the war prayer site.

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Edible Media: Gastronomica

Good stuff in the new issue of the ‘journal of food and culture’

Edible Media takes an occasional look at interesting or deplorable food journalism on the web. Anyone who loves food, and enjoys reading about it, should check out the quarterly magazine Gastronomica, which calls itself the "journal of food and culture." It's published by the University of California Press, but it's no academic rag. It tends to print quirky, passionate essays -- on luxurious paper stock, with loads of lovely photos -- by all manner of writers: cooks, poets, farmers, and food scholars. In the current issue -- available online only for a stiff fee, but soon to be on newsstands …

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What if climate destabilization <em>is</em> the business plan?

Maybe we’re wrong thinking that airline executives don’t get it

This Washington Post story suggests that the airline industry is not being led by dumb people who just don't get it. No, the darling of the industry, the best and the brightest, the folks heading the industry vanguard, aren't stupid. They get it. They just don't care. They believe that personal wealth will protect them and their children and grandchildren. They plan for growth, even as the planes carry fewer people, which means they plan to keep increasing both their overall greenhouse gas emissions and the per-mile traveled emissions, as well as to have more planes emitting more water vapor …

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Climate change appraisal

A new website assesses property risk

Earlier this week I learned that I'm eligible, via my mother, for Dutch citizenship, which means I could potentially work, vote, and live in Holland without having to go through the hassle of visa applications. Before moving to a country that lies largely below sea level, though, I might want to check out Climate Appraisal, which, as its name suggests, is a website where you can size up the environmental hazards of your desired address. A joint project of a former banking executive and climate scientists at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the site has plenty of free information …

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