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Here's the first episode of a new Showtime series called "Years of Living Dangerously", about the impact of climate change in our lifetime. Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, Arnold Schrawzenegar, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, Chris Hayes, and Leslie Stahl will serve as correspondents. Episode 2 airs Sunday, April 20 at 10 PM on Showtime.  Please watch this!

If you were a Clean Currents electricity customer and are being switched to your origianal provider, you can probably switch to CleanSteps WindPower from Washington Gas Energy Services. This is wind power produced from regional wind farms.

If you want the freshest, locally grown produce, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a good way to go. Only a limited number of people can sign up, based on how much a farm can grow. So now is a good time to choose a CSA. You can find one through Local Harvest, or the the Post's list.

Casey Trees will be offering their tree rebates this year. DC residents can get rebates of up to $100 per tree for trees they purchase and plant on their property.

It's not your imagination; pollen is getting worse. This is from climatologist Heidi Cullen's excellent Climate Central site.

As cuts to the food stamp program go into effect, pet owners may get help from food assistance programs for animals.  MD  VA

Earth Day is Apr. 22. But there are often events around the area the weekend before and the weekend after the 22nd.  Alexandria event   Arlington Earth Week Community Fair   Brookside Gardens Earth Day Festival is cancelled for 2014.   EPA National Sustainable Design Expo   Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (click on "Earth Day 2014" link)

2014 Food Revolution Summit - Speakers include Dr. Neal Barnard, Woody Harrelson, Jane Goodall, Amy Goodman, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and many more. Apr. 26 - May 4

Episode 3 of "The Years of Living Dangerously" airs on Showtime at 10 PM, Apr. 27.

Break a Sweat for a Homeless Pet 5 Mile Run and 1 Mile Run/Walk Apr. 27

Electric Sunday electronics recycling event for Fairfax county residents (in Fairfax) Apr. 27

Solar panels have had a huge drop in price. The price per watt from solar panels is now comparable to the cost of electricity from traditional sources (and infinitely cleaner). You can either buy or lease a system; both ways have their advantages.

Earth Sangha's Spring Open House and Plant Sale (volunteers wanted) May 4

Doga (yoga with your dog) - proceeds benefit Washington Humane Society May 10

Bike to Work Day May 16

Pups in the Park - take your dog to the baseball game (benefits the Washington Humane Society) May 17, June 22, Sept. 7

Run for the Animals (benefits Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary) - May 18

Electric Sunday electronics recycling event for Fairfax county residents (in Fairfax) May 18

Green Festival May 31 and June 1

Celebrate Fairfax June 6-8

Frito-Lay will save over 600,000 gallons of fuel each year with their fleet of all electric delivery trucks. These trucks are made by Smith Vehicles. Also using Smith electric trucks are Staples, Coca-Cola, DHL, FedEx Express, and the US Marine Corps. Smith will be opening a manufacturing plant in Chicago, creating hundreds of jobs.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 25-29 and July 2-6

Occoquan Craft Show June 7-8

Electric Sunday electronics recycling event for Fairfax county residents (in Lorton) June 22

Montgomery County Fair Aug. 8-16

Maryland Renaissance Festival - some days during August, September and October; check site for specific days

National Book Festival (indoors this year) Aug. 30

Fall for the Book regional book festival Sept. 11-18

Toyota will begin selling a fuel cell car in 2015. It will be zero polluting, have a range of about 300 miles, and be able to refuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. So it has advantages that electric cars have, without the longer recharging time. Initially, it will probably be sold in California. The car will be refueled with compressed hydrogen. California already has a small network of refueling stations, something the DC area does not have. The price is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000.

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Electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids - mileage figures are miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); prices are BEFORE $7,500 federal tax credit. So, after the credit, the net price of a Prius plug-in would be $22,490 for the base model. That's less than a regular Prius.

base price
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid 95 $29,990
Chevrolet Volt 98
Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid 100
Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 100
Ford Focus Electric 105
Smart fortwo Electric Drive 107
Nissan LEAF 114
Honda Fit EV
(available at Maryland dealers)
lease only

Probably the best value in LED bulbs:
Philips 433227 10.5-watt Slim Style Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Soft White

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Search pics of lots of pets from area shelters.

Baltimore City police officer Jon Boyer is one of the men featured in the Show Your Soft Side calendar, drawing attention to the problem of animal abuse.

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