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10. Chevy Volt owner surprised to see electric bill go down after getting his Volt, but also knows why

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You'd think that your electric bill would go up after buying a car that charges using electricity, right? However, that's not always the case.

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9. All of 2013's global weather squeezed into a short video, with commentary by a Geophysicist

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One way to realize how different global climate can be from local weather is to take a step back and look at the whole. This great video shows all of 2013's weather over NASA's Blue Marble map.

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8. $600 pop-up protected bike lane gets Minneapolis residents excited, & me too! (video)

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Seriously, people, copy this initiative in your own cities and get yourself some protected bike lanes!

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7. India wants to build a solar project so large (4,000 megawatts), it would dwarf all others!

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India currently depends on coal for more than half of its electricity production, but it also gets a lot of sun, giving it the potential to become a solar power titan in the future. All it needs is the will to invest in this clean source of energy.

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6. Why I'm hooked on grocery shopping with glass jars

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Katherine describes how she now shops with a collection of canning jars. She gets a lot of confused looks. Her description of the uncooperative Bulk Barn chain is so true.

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5. Dutch kids have a different relationship to the bicycle

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You see a lot of babies on bikes in the Netherlands. Before their memories will even kick in, they are on bikes. Some of their first memories must be from the handlebars or backseats of bicycles. They also grow up seeing bikes and bicyclists everywhere. Many of their memories, no matter what those memories are about, must be filled with bikes.

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4. How to pack a whole lot of living into 221 square feet

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Trying to design a house that can fit on a trailer bed without making a lot of compromises is really hard. Here's one that pulls it off in style.

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3. TreeHugger Town & Country: The "No Shampoo" experiment

© Margaret Badore. Left: 20 days without shampoo. Right: After washing with baking soda.

In our epistolary series where Margaret and Katherine write from their very different locations and lifestyles, they both go without shampoo for a month. Mayhem ensues.

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2. ALL the rivers in the United States on a single beautiful interactive map!

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A recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that 55 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are in poor condition. Most of us don't go to that many different rivers in our lives, so when we see a number like that we might not realize just how many rivers and streams there are in the United States.

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1. Don’t stop knitting! It keeps you healthy.

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With all the time she saves by not washing her hair, Katherine spins this yarn about the many health benefits of knitting. I may take it up.

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