In a clever take-off on Biggest Loser (one of the saddest excuses for television programming I’ve seen yet), Slate.com recently announced its Green Challenge, an 8-week carbon diet that provides a steady menu of simple “action items,” urging participants to curb their energy-gobbling ways.

As of 8am, November 3rd, the challenge has attracted 22,572 participants for a collective CO2 weight loss of 28,865,784 pounds.

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Here’s hoping that carbon dieters view this as a lifestyle change and don’t — like many regular dieters — quickly regain all the lost weight and then some.

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