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By Lisa Hymas

White House
Hmm. To Keystone or not to Keystone?

Back in 2011, the Obama administration postponed a decision on whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline until after the election. Now, this week, they’ve postponed it again until at least April.

But the White House can’t kick the can down the road forever. Someday the decider must decide. What do you think Obama’s decision will be?

Transformer Coffee Table Turns Into Dolls House

By Lloyd Alter

In the evening, it is a sophisticated modern coffee table. By day, it is another world.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Jaymi Heimbuch

Not only is this organism one of the oldest on Earth, it is also a contender for other extreme titles.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Dana Gunders

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On the surface, it’s a common display. A bin of apples with a sale sign greets customers as they enter the grocery store. Behind the scenes, however, it’s unchartered territory. Those apples are too small to be considered sufficient quality, or grade, for retail grocery stores. They were destined to be juice, cattle feed, or maybe even landfill waste until a few crafty folks and a bold supermarket decided to break the grade barrier.

Meet FoodStar and its courageous partner Andronico’s Community Market, a small Northern California grocery chain. Together, they are taking a chance on the idea that
Source: Grist

By David Roberts

James Madison guard Alioune Diouf (5) battles for a rebound with two Drexel players during the NCAA basketball game between Drexel and JMU February 22, 2012 in Philadelphia

Several people have now sent me this Nature commentary on the “rebound effect,” saying something to the effect of, “See? The rebound effect isn’t a problem!”

That’s a peculiar thing to say. Indeed, the commentary itself is quite peculiar.

For those who have missed my previous posts on this, the “rebound effect” refers to the fact that a) energy efficiency makes things cheaper, and b) when things are cheaper, we consume more, which c) erodes some of the energy-saving benefits of efficiency.

If you want to dig in on this — it’s a fascinating subject — I wrote a three-part series
Source: Grist

Consumer Reports Secretly Buys Model S for Testing

By Michael Graham Richard

One of the most trusted and objective reviewers out there is working on a review of what is probably the best electric car out there at the moment. Can’t wait for the full review!
Source: Tree Hugger

By Michael Graham Richard

They are leasing the jelly-bean shaped Mitsubishi EVs either for $69/month or $169/month, a record low price as far as we know.
Source: Tree Hugger

By David Roberts

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I’ve done some writing about uncertainty and the role it plays in climate change analysis. (See: here, here.) I continue to think that it’s one of the most widely misunderstood aspects of the mess we’re in. Insofar as uncertainty enters climate discussions, it’s usually in dopey arguments over whether “the science is settled.” In fact, it’s true both that the basic science is settled and that we face enormous uncertainties about climate impacts and their cost. We need to start dealing with those uncertainties in a more sophisticated way.

One place uncertainty is not well-represented is in
Source: Grist

Andean Glaciers Have Shrunk 30-50%…

By Michael Graham Richard

A study of glaciers in the Andes shows that they have been losing a lot of ice, especially since the 1970s. A change in precipitation cannot be blamed, so global warming in the main culprit.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Megan Treacy

The UAE’s clean tech giant plans to have a commerical-scale plant by 2020.
Source: Tree Hugger

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