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US Supreme Court Considers EPA Emissions Limits

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A divided court gives qualified support for the EPA to set emissions standards

The Supreme Court, in a hearing Monday, appeared to support the Environmental Protection Agency's broad authority to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for cars, trucks and power plants. The case, brought by power companies and 13 states including Texas and Michigan, argued that the EPA was overstepping its powers by using air quality rules to tackle climate change. The justices......read more

Goats as Lawn Mowers

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Furry farm creatures are the new emissions-free lawn maintenance alternative.

In Portland, OR, a new "eco-landscape management" technique is shunning gas-guzzling lawn mowers in favor of a furry, four-legged alternative. At an empty two-acre lot in midtown Portland, a herd of goats is happily working to keep grass and weeds under control. The emissions-free mowers can trim just as much grass as a gas mower, without the requisite fossil fuels and noise pollution.......read more

Momentum Reel Mower

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Next-level mowing tech from Fiskars $249.00

When a company has been around since 1649, they're probably doing something right. Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland and the brand behind the Momentum Reel Mower, an easy-pushing, eco-friendly mowing machine for any length of grass. Using smart ergonomics and a bunch of patent-pending cutting technology, the Momentum Reel Mower delivers best-in-class mowing performance without gas,......read more

Bowerbirds, "Overcome With Light"

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Nature beckons in new clip from director Lawrence Martinez

Last month, we posted the beautiful, bucolic video for "Tuck the Darkness In" from North Carolina's Bowerbirds. The second video for the folk band's excellent LP, The Clearing, emits a similarly pastoral vibe, with stunning clips of nature that perfectly capture Bowerbirds' organic appeal. The video, directed by Lawrence Martinez, also features some mysterious Illuminati-esque symbolism which......read more

Coal Case Heads to Supreme Court

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Top court agrees to hear landmark eco lawsuit.

In the absence of government action, citizens are turning to the courts to put controls on the emissions that cause climate change. The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear a lawsuit that aims to hold coal-fired power plants accountable for contributing to climate change, a decision that has major implications for the public's right to fight corporate pollution. In the......read more

ICE PACK By Guy Lawson

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The Bizarre Story Of An Accidental Pioneering Expedition

The twin-prop plane swung low, tilting its wings and heading north, only to circle back and swoop down over the men again. It was March 7, 1968, and the members of the Plaisted Polar Expedition looked up at the plane in bewilderment. They were trying to travel to the North Pole by snowmobile — in what they believed to be the first expedition to the North Pole carried out on motorized......read more

PolaWalk Vienna

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Photo Tour of Vienna Using a Polaroid Camera

PolaWalk is a unique walking tour that's all about exploring the creative parts of a city using a vintage Polaroid camera. In the PolaWwalk Vienna - Urban tour, guests are taken to spots off the beaten path where they can snap off a different side of the burgeoning city. Instead of visiting major sights like The Ring Road (or Ringstraße) or Schönbrunn Palace, PolaWalk aims to give......read more

Celebrating the Great Laws of '64

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Fifty years of justice and compassion

William deBuys for TomDispatch.com: The Wilderness Act turns 50 Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Trust me: I was......read more

A Parched State Looks to Regulate Private Water Drilling

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Drought-stricken California passes law on drilling for groundwater

Felicity Barringer for The New York Times: FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said,......read more

Vermont Approves GMO Labelling Law

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Trailblazing bill is expected to face major legal challenges

In a major victory for consumers who say they have a right to know what's in their food, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin last Thursday signed a bill that puts the state on the path to be the first to require labelling of genetically modified foods. The law would take effect in two years. Shumlin also announced an online fundraiser to battle expected legal challenges from the food industry, including......read more

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