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Don't let dirty oil interfere with California's plans for a green economy. Vote NO on Prop 23.

Passed four years ago, California's landmark clean air law (AB 32) is designed to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to climate change. The law has launched California to the forefront of the clean-tech industry, sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, a coalition of out-of-state oil refiners are......read more

Oil-Rich Qatar Hosts UN Climate Talks

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Leaders face big challenges at the 2012 climate conference

As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil. Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year. And a Green Climate Fund......read more

La Amarilla de Ronda (LA) Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils

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Hyperrealistic pencil portrayals of nature. $15.95

Hundreds of years ago, the nuns pertaining to a closed order living in Ronda, Andalusia began to produce olive oil from olives harvested from century year old olive trees. Designer Philippe Starck and enologist Michel Rolland have collaborated to create an ecologically produced La Amarilla de Ronda (LA) organic extra virgin olive oils from Andalucia, Spain in this same tradition. All of the......read more

Foodpod

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Save time (and water) when you boil, blanch or steam. $415.00

Designed by the kitchenware brainiacs at Fusion Brands, the Foodpod is the perfect device for boiling, blanching or steaming foods like eggs, veggies, and shellfish. Made of food-safe silicone and BPA-free nylon, it's smart, safe, and easy. Simply place foods in the Foodpod, put in water to cook, then lift from water, let drain (save the cooking water, if you like), and serve. ...read more

Soft Focus Oil Paintings by Philip Barlow

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Hazy, washed out works depicting summertime in the city

We see a lot of the blurred, soft focus aesthetic in filmmaking and photography these days, but not so much in painting. Here, South African artist Philip Barlow, whose work we spotted at This Isn't Happiness, pulls it off to incredible effect. In the series, titled simply "The City," Barlow depicts hazy, washed out figures and landmarks in the city, nicely capturing the heat island effect......read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

Making Argan Oil in Morocco

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An ancient process documented by Not Without Salt

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree, an endangered species that grows in a tiny, semi-desert region of Morocco, now protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. That makes the nutty-flavored argan oil one of one of the rarest oils in the world. The anonymous cook behind grade A food blog Not Without Salt is currently traveling through Morocco, and her latest post gives......read more

Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar

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Smitten Kitchen combines two fall favorites

If there is any better autumnal comfort food than grilled cheese and tomato soup, we have yet to find it. Now, fantastic NYC food blog Smitten Kitchen has taken a classic comfort meal to the next level, by combining the cheese with the soup in one fell swoop. Read on for Smitten Kitchen's mindblowing-looking Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar.  Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Flying On Frying Oil

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UK airline Thomson Airways launches aircraft powered by waste cooking oil

Thomson Airways will begin weekly flights from England to Spain on July 28th. But these flights will not be using any ordinary jet fuel. The planes will be powered by a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and HEFA fuel, which is made from used cooking oil.  Thomson managing director Chris Browne said, "As sustainable biofuels become more commercially viable, Thomson Airways plans to expand its use of......read more

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