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Invasion of the Biofuels

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Author: the Inkslinger

Biofuel StationSo I guess the blush is off the biofuel rose. First there was the big rush to divert crop harvests from supermarkets to filling stations. Somehow nobody realized that would result in less food, higher grocery costs, and more hungry people.

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Pregnant? Put Your Cell Phone Use On Hold

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Author: the Inkslinger

Pregnant Cell Phone UseThough the conclusion is not without controversy, we’ve been opining for some time that a healthy dose of precaution is likely warranted where cell phone use is concerned. There are a few too many studies out there suggesting that exposure to the radiation cell phones emit might be hazardous to the human brain. Now comes a new study showing that they’re not safe for developing fetuses either.

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No Surprise: Study Finds Flame Retardants in Kids' Stuff

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Author: the Inkslinger

Baby in CribSome days, to be honest, I find myself wishing that my professional life wasn’t quite so centered on burying my head in arcane research trying to decode scientific mumbo-jumbo that seems to suggest some possible new toxicological bogeyman.

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Air Apparent: Airlines Test Alternative Fuels For Cleaner Flying

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Author: the Inkslinger

ContrailIf it really is a small world after all, aviation has made it that way. It’s no understatement to say that Life As We Know It would be something quite different without air travel.

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Smart Grids Are a Powerful New Idea In Energy Conservation

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Author: the Inkslinger

Electricity PylonMost of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about the electric grid that powers our computers and washing machines. But its days of anonymity are almost over.

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2T - Ride the Bus

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Low Carbon Diet

We in the Mad River Valley in Vermont have launched the Carbon Shredders -- a group of folks using the book
Low Carbon Diet by David Gershon to create a local movement of reducing the carbon footprint in the Valley by 10% by 2010.

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Recycling at Small Dog Electronics

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Author: JerryE

In speaking of genius, Edison could have as easily been describing a future of electronics recycling as being "one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." There was nothing particularly ingenious about processing 5 tons per hour in a parking lot.

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The Hidden Meat of the Food Miles Debate

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Author: the Inkslinger

CowThere’s a lot of carbon consciousness emerging. And it’s a happy thing. People everywhere are becoming aware of how daily life contributes to the climate crisis and how we can lower these impacts.

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Planting Trees May Uproot Asthma

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Author: the Inkslinger

Children and TreesThough it always seems a bit odd to those of us who value it for its own intrinsic sake, the environmental science community has more than once in the last few years attempted to figure out just what nature is worth. Trees always loom large in these assessments.

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