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Don't Worry About Car Pollution, Worry About Ship Pollution

Because ships are so large and can burn dirty fuel, they are terrible polluters. The 16 worst ships create more sulphur pollution than all automobiles in the world combined. Daily Mail http://bit.ly/cSoq7I

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For Fuel Efficiency, Drop "MPG" For "Gallons Per 10000 Miles"

Since gas-guzzlers use a lot of gas, a small change in efficiency has a big impact. This is not clear by comparing MPG ratings. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/7Mz1wD

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To Combat Global Warming, Forget About CO2, Worry About Methane

Methane only has 75% of the impact of CO2 on global warming, but has short lifespan and is easier to contain. http://ow.ly/QJuy

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Forget about Global Climate Agreements - Just Deal With China

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu argues that we should expend less efforts on international treaties and more effort on bilateral discussions with China. The US and China combined create 40% of the world's pollution. An innovative, aggressive, bilateral treaty will represent great progress, and encourage other nations to join. Wired Magazine profile http://bit.ly/bttpI8

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Reinvent the Toilet

Gates Foundation chooses three winning designs in their "reinvent the toilet" competition. Economist http://econ.st/QGO6s7

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Half-flush Toilets

Some new toilets have two handles or buttons for flush, one for a full flush and one for half a flush. This presumably saves lots of water.

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Plant a Million Trees In China

The Jane Goodall Institute's "Roots and Shoots" program is involved in efforts to plant one million trees in the arid regions of China's interior. We'll all benefit. James Fallows blog http://bit.ly/cZVwAU

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Heat Your Furniture Instead of Your House

Sitting on warm furniture in a cool house is more comfortable - and efficient - than heating the entire house. We need to heat our furniture the way some cars heat their seats. http://bit.ly/948cr7

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Electric Bicycles

There are now over 100 million electric bicycles in China -- the most popular (by far) "green" vehicles in the world. http://bit.ly/CAqKD

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Use a 2 Liter Bottle as a 50 Watt Bulb

A water-filled 2-liter bottle can replace a 50 watt light bulb. Used across Asia and South America. http://bit.ly/bAPUpt

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Make Roads White

Black roads can increase the temperature in cities by tens of degrees - requiring more air conditioning. http://bit.ly/17bf1mi

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Make roads out of pig poop

Reearchers at Texas A&M have replaced petroleum products in roads with an adhesive made of pig poop. http://bit.ly/Zc0UIa

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