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A few stocking fillers

SO much pointless stuff gets passed around at Christmas. We’ve tried to suggest a handful of gifts which are both useful and unlikely to be things you have seen before.

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Real-life Canute fights coast ruling

00   A retired engineer who built his own sea defences is trying to reverse a legal judgement which would result in his home being washed into the sea. 78 year old Peter Boggis has spent seven years and over fifty … Continued

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Wish we thought of that!

00    The rainbeers are coming! An Atlanta Brewery which was making beer from rainwater has been told to stop gathering  the water by city officials.  Probably encouraged by Miller lite and other big brewers, the EPA and officials at … Continued

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Senators back mini-nuke

00   WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following news release: Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced legislation to direct the Department of Energy to develop innovative, … Continued

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Australian Eco gifts

00   Here are a few ideas that will help, or at least not hinder the Australian environment Oregon Scientific Solar Weather Clock $139.99 THIS tidy unit is as practical as it is sleek and is ideal for campers and caravanners. … Continued

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$35,000 gets free energy for life

By investing $80,000, and getting back $45,000 in subsidies and tax credits, a Massachusetts family has reduced its energy bill by $3500 a year. That means they will payback the investment within ten years (less if energy prices rise).

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Grid fails in Brazil

Massive power cuts in several Latin American countries highlight the dangers of relying on centralised power production