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The 100% Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

Balancing substance and symbolism in the movement toward cleaner energy sources<p>Yesterday I mentioned the latest accomplishment of Burlington, Vermont. Previously the site of such implausible-sounding but actually true achievements as "an airport that is pleasant" and "a newspaper that is doing …

Small Spills at Gas Stations Add Up

A new study shows how careless pumping could lead to more gasoline in the air, soil, and water.<p>At gas stations, certain things are just unavoidable—the acrid smell in the air, the unclean bathrooms, the Slim Jims on display by the cash register. And, of course, the stains on the concrete from where …

Community Discussion: How should we protect the oceans?

The evidence stacks up that we’re wrecking the oceans. What should we do?<p>A study released this week concludes that the biomass of large predatory fish (the kind of fish that humans like to eat) has declined by two-thirds worldwide in the last century, with 55% of the decline occurring in the last …

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See a Farm Convert Pig Poop to Electricity

<b>Tom Butler:</b> <br>00:09<br>You gonna let Pop Pop take you today?<p><b>Luna Butler:</b> <br>00:11<br>Yeah.<p><b>Tom Butler:</b> <br>00:12<br>Ok.<p><b>Tom Butler:</b><br>00:14<br>This one’s hard for Pop Pop’s old arthritic fingers. You feel all safe and snug?<p><b>Luna Butler:</b><br>00:21<br>Yeah.<p><b>Tom Butler:</b> <br>00:22<br>Ok.<p><b>Luna Butler:</b><br>00:22<br>I’m ready to go.<p><b>Tom Butler:</b><br>00:24<br>Ok, I’m</b> …

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