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Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all......read more

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

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Serve it up -- on a block of recovered fir. $80.00

Vancouver's Union Wood Company finds inspiration -- and materials -- in the docks, foundries, mills, and factories of the city's past. This handcrafted Serving Tray, made from fir rafters reclaimed from an old stable near the Union Wood studio, has a rich and weathered patina only age can provide. Distressed steel handles and rubber feet are complemented by knots, nail holes, and cracks that add......read more

Obama's New Climate Stance: No Surprise

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Kevin Knoblach, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, on why climate action matters now

Kevin Knoblach for Huffington Post: When President Obama called for Congress to "pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change" in his State of the Union Address, adding that he'll use his executive authority to act if Congress won't, legislative handicappers would be excused if they scratched their heads. After all, didn't opponents of climate action decisively block legislative......read more

Getting on the Green Track

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Ahead of Obama's State of the Union address this Tuesday, NYT's David Leonhardt advances some ideas on what climate policy will look like in 2013

As President Obama prepares to deliver Tuesday's State of the Union address, observers are keenly waiting to hear what he will proclaim on the topic of climate policy. With Congress still bitterly divided, the odds of passing a substantive bill to reduce emissions are impossibly long, so we know that Obama and his advisors will have to draw on executive power to take action. We have also......read more

Scottish Wind Farm Photos by Toby Smith

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A celebratory union of striking landscapes and sustainable energy structures

Toby Smith's photos of wind farms in the Scottish Highlands capture nature's grandiosity and marvels of human engineering in equal measure. The flicks are part of the London photographer's "Scottish Renewables" series, which also included hydro projects and their associated landscapes. "With its raging seas, wind-swept hills and high rainfall, Britain has more potential kinetic......read more

State of the Union: Clean Energy

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Obama lays out ambitious goal for America's energy future -- with an asterisk.

To the surprise of many (or us, at least), clean energy was a primary focus of President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The President spent the first third of the speech on the issue, and laid out an ambitious goal by saying that 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy sources by 2035. "[T]he nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global......read more

Clean Power Trip

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How energy could figure in Tuesday's State of the Union address.

President Obama is set to deliver his second State of the Union address this Tuesday. With a hostile House and a public focused on economic recovery, energy is not expected to take a front seat. For Sunday's NYT Op-Ed pages, several writers and thinkers offered their views on how President Obama could approach various issues in the address. Andrew Revkin, the man behind Dot Earth, took on the......read more

State of the Union: Obama's Green Report Card

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Environmental leaders weigh in on Obama's first year in office.

A year ago, as President Obama prepared for his inauguration, environmentalists were optimistic. For eight years previous, the most hostile administration to environmental concerns in the nation’s history had flouted science and flogged nature. There was nowhere to go but up. My brilliant (and more succinct) predecessor, Peter Dykstra, pegged a column to the inauguration. He asked five......read more

Polystriker XL by Exotac

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Light it up with Exotac's innovative tungsten carbide firestarter $17.95

Exotac's affordable, durable ferro rod firestarting products have outdoors enthusiasts and survivalists fired up. The Exotac Polystriker XL updates the company's popular Polystriker tool, with the same innovative tungsten carbide striker design as the smaller Nanostriker. The ferrocerium rod, which strikes easily, even when wet, burns at nearly 5500 °F -- plenty hot to light a fire......read more

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