This Week in the Hufffington Post: We're Hosed

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Green Fatigue and The Global Hothouse...Are We Hosed?
A couple of weeks ago, one of the chief scientists at the U.K.'s Department for Environment Food and Affairs (DEFRA), Robert Watson, said that due to the uncertainty of containing carbon emissions, his country should prepare for a 4C (7F) rise in global temperatures this century. To which Guardian newspaper commentator and author Oliver Tickell responded that if the globe is going to heat up by 4 degrees Celsius, all we can prepare for is human extinction. ::Graham Hill
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Your Utility Bills are Going Up. What are You Going to Do About it?
Earlier this week I received a very polite letter from my local natural gas utility. It's message: Your rates are going to increase by 35-40 percent this fall. Sorry 'bout that. While a bit unexpected, I can't say it's altogether unsurprising; energy rates are going up across the board. I doubt there's a person in this country who hasn't noticed that gasoline costs about $4 per gallon these days. ::Collin Dunn
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Our Ocean's Long Goodbye Let's face it: Our pristine oceans, as we've come to know them, aren't coming back. Besieged on all sides by overfishing, climate change, pollution and habitat destruction, the world's oceans are slowly but inevitably undergoing a long and painful transition -- one that could turn their once lush coral reefs and kelp forests into barren deserts. ::Jeremy Jacquot
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Three Design-Savvy Recycled Salt and Pepper Sets I hate disposable salt and pepper grinders. These things should really be banned. Plastic, packaging, carbon foot print...and then after a few months, they go right in the trash. Why? Because the manufacturers want you to buy new ones -- and therefore make them impossible to refill. ::Mairi Beautyman

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It's Time for Deposits. On Everything.
In 1953, the State of Vermont passed the nation's first bottle bill banning the sale of beer in non-refillable bottles. That same year, a group of businessmen from the bottlers and packaging industry got together and founded "Keep America Beautiful." By the seventies, their success in selling disposable containers could be seen everywhere, literally. So they pumped up the volume, hired an italian guy who looked vaguely Indian, and picked the tag line "People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It", and effectively shifted responsibility for their product from the producer to the citizen, and ultimately through the cost of collection, dumping or recycling, the taxpayer and government. Ever since then, it has somehow become ingrained in our culture that it is our job to pick up after the producers, to deal with their waste. ::Lloyd Alter
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Could Israeli Muslims Kick-Start An Environmental Movement in the Middle East? I've lived in Israel for almost a decade and was beginning to think that environmentalism in this part of the woods was a Jewish thing. Israel is bursting at the seams today with NGOs fighting for fair trade, climate change, urban planning and pollution, with a little, but not so significant input from the Israeli Arab sector, whose majority is Muslim. ::Karin Kloosterman

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