This Week in the Huffington Post

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Fossil Fuels Are the Bottled Water of Energy: We already know the numerous reasons why bottled water is bad, including the energy and water it takes to manufacture, ship and discard the product, as well as the fact that tap water must meet more stringent water quality standards. But here's the interesting thing: fossil fuels are essentially bottled energy. And just as the green alternative to bottled water is tap water, the logical alternative to fossil fuels is renewable energy. ::Andy Posner

The Next Wonder Drug? Just Ask Mother Nature
I talk with scientific researchers every day, and can't help but notice a growing trend: what was once relegated to the realm of naturopaths, witchdoctors and alternative practitioners, is now becoming mainstream science. Drug hunters --- scientists looking for the next breakthrough drug -- are turning to Mother Nature for inspiration and solutions. ::Karin Kloosterman
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Should You Care About Green Design? Either through materials selection and use, manufacturing practices or finishing techniques (or a combination of the three...or any number of other, smaller -- but no less important -- considerations), green designers are creating beautiful, useful, functional artifacts that leave a smaller footprint on the earth. But doesn't it all just create more stuff that we may or may not need? Isn't an opiate for people who want to be greener but don't want to actually do anything? Why is spotlighting (and encouraging) sustainable design important? ::Collin Dunn
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Four Ways for a Stylish and Tasty Green Dinner Party
Being eco is not about killing the party. Impressing your dinner guests in an earth conscious way can be as easy as a few small changes. ::Mairi Beautyman
Wal-Mart and a World of Good Wal-Mart. Can you remember a time when that name, and all it conjures, didn't even exist outside the teeny town of Bentonville? ::Graham Hill

Obama-Biden: A Science and Education Ticket We Can Believe In
In a bit of a departure from this column's usual focus on energy and the environment, I would like to take some time to review the two candidates' science agendas. With climate change and energy (finally) receiving their fair share of attention in the traditional media, I thought my energy would be better spent this week examining two other undercovered issues that are near and dear to me: science and education. ::Jeremy Jacquot
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Green Car News This Week Transportation has a huge impact on the environment, and figuring out ways to make mobility greener and cleaner is at the top of the priority list. Lets have a look at some of the green(er) car news items from the past week ::Michael Graham Richard
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Slow food is a movement "that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world."

But it is a meme that has caught on: the idea that you take it slow, do it carefully, do it right and take the time to enjoy it. The Slow Movement is expanding far beyond its base in food, and we think will go a lot farther. Some other fast-moving slow trends: ::Lloyd Alter

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