Here are some great stories and videos making their way through the news cycle right now.
• Read this article- 1491. It's long, but will get you thinking. The article posits the theory that the Western Hemisphere was a lot more populated than we thought before being settled by Europeans and that the Amazon rain forest might have actually been created by humans.
• My buddy (and green blogger rockstar) Karl Burkart made a great chart showing what the average American's CO2 emissions for 2007 looks like.
• Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing decrys user-hostile design with a tale of an old light fixture being resurrected after a run-in with a poorly design modern fixture.
• Jeff Simmermon tells the story of his time spent in the Australian outback as an assistant kangaroo hunter. Warning: His descriptions of his duties tend toward the graphic side. Here's the video of his presentation.
• Speaking of Australia, the koala bear could be extinct in a few decades.
• Some wealthy guy in Galveston drove his $1.25 million Bugatti Veyron into a marsh while another guy happened to be filming. Schadenfreudilicious. Here's the video, warning- the guy filming appropriately drops the S bomb a few times when the car hits the drink. Turn the volume down or put on your headphones if you're watching at work or overly sensitive to swears.
• Plastics are a huge part of our modern lives. Shouldn't we have tighter controls over what goes into them and how they're used? John Wargo at Yale's Environment 360 thinks we should.
• Meet Mower, the grass munching robotic sheep lawn mower. Mower is awesome.
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