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One of the main goals of the North American Odyssey is to encourage people to make changes in their lives the will leave more time for friends, family, and the natural world, as well as reduce people's environmental impact. The food we eat, the water we use, the things we purchase, discard, and transport all affect our lives, and the environment. Sometimes less is more and this is certainly the case for Amy and Dave's lives on the trail; the water they drink comes from the water ways they use as highways, and everything they need fits into a backpack, kayak hatch, or dogsled. The Green and Simple section of the website is designed to provide information about clean energy, locally grown and organic foods, water conservation, energy usage, and cleaner modes of transportation.

Tribes of Amazon Find an Ally Out of 'Avatar'

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New York Times: They came from the far reaches of the Amazon, traveling in small boats and canoes for up to three days to discuss their fate. James Cameron, the Hollywood titan, stood before them with orange warrior streaks painted on his face, comparing the threats on their lands to a snake eating its prey. "The snake kills by squeezing very slowly,' Mr. Cameron said to more than 70 indigenous people, some holding spears and bows and arrows, under a tree here along the Xingu River. "This is how the ...

China says dams not to blame for low Mekong levels

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China on Monday denied that its dams were reducing water levels on the Mekong River and blamed problems along the river on unusually dry weather, but it also offered to share more data with its neighbors. Leaders of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, badly hit by the Mekong's biggest drop in water levels in decades, met in the Thai coastal town of Hua Hin to discuss management of Southeast Asia's longest waterway. Some 65 million people depend on the river. China sent vice foreign minister Song Tao to rebut criticism of the eight hydropower dams it has built or is building in its south.

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Los Angeles Loses Streetcars, Cairo Wins

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pcc-los-angeles.jpg Image from LA Times via BLDGBLOG Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG shows a photograph of Los Angeles streetcars being loaded onto ships and sent to Cairo. In fact, the classic PCC (Presidents' Conference Committee) streetcar was one of the most popular and ingenious transportation designs of the 20th century, (4978 were built) and when they were pulled off the road in North America, the Cairo system grabbed as many as they could.... Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Jam maker, baker and organic food supplier are hungry for success - Irish Times

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Jam maker, baker and organic food supplier are hungry for success
Irish Times
The main products are organic prepared food products, soups, salads, hummus, pesto and muesli. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally. ...

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Glacier National Park loses 2 more glaciers due to climate change

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Thaindian News: The US Geological Survey has said that the Glacier National Park has lost 2 more glaciers, due to climatic changes. The US Geological Survey also hinted that by the end of the decade, the Park might lose all of its glaciers too. The glaciers are being lost, as the increase in the temperatures in the park, were in reality twice as that of the rest of the globe. These findings were made public, when the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and Natural Resources Defense Council ...

Obama to reverse ban on oil exploration off East Coast

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President Barack Obama is to announce on Wednesday a plan to permit exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia as a way to create jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Obama, who wants Congress to move a stalled climate change bill, has sought to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected. Joined by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Obama is to detail an updated plan for offshore oil and natural gas drilling in remarks at a military base in nearby Maryland.

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Nissan Announces LEAF Purchase and Lease Pricing

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Nissan Leaf electric car photoImage: Nissan
Nissan's fully-electric LEAF will hit the US market by the end of this year, but until now, pricing has been only rumor and hearsay. The fully-electric four-door will hit select markets in December and go nationwide in 2011. The price for the basic model is $32,780, but a federal tax credit of $7,500 brings it to $25,280. Individual states also have tax rebate programs, which brings the price down further; California and Georgia both offer an additional $5,000 rebate. To charge the LEAF at home, customers ... Read the full story on TreeHugger

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