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This should make you want to never buy leather again. It is virtually impossible to tell which species of animal leather was made from. Cats, as well as dogs, are bludgeoned to death for leather. WARNING: Content is extraordinarily violent. Please share this with others; it's difficult to watch, but when we turn our back on suffering, it allows the suffering to continue. learn more

There is a similar problem in Thailand. Here is a public service announcement, featuring Ricky Gervais and Dame Judy Dentch, for the Soi Dog Foundation. Please support this outstanding organization, and save dog's lives.

If you want to eat healthier and want to try plant based foods, lots of new restaurants are opening. Native Foods Cafe is opening 200 restaurants in the U.S.; the first ones in the DC area are opening this fall. Soupergirl has a second location, this one is in DC. Soupergirl does not use any GMO ingredients and is Kosher. You can find their soups in many health food stores in the area. The Randy Radish has a food truck serving the area; they also don't use any GMO's. The Vegetable Garden has reopened; now they are in Silver Spring.

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Unbroken, directed by Angelie Joiie, open Dec. 25.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network's biggest annual fundraiser is coming up. Now is the time to start getting sponsors for the Polar Bear Plunge (Jan. 24).

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Toyota is expected to begin selling a fuel cell vehicle in 2015. This is zero polluting, fueled by compressed hydrogen, refuels in a few minutes and has a range of about 300 miles. The price in Japan is about $69,000, so that gives us a ballpark price for the US. California has a small network of refueling stations, so this is a logical place for initial sales.

Switching to clean electric power is quick and easy. If you live in DC or MD, you can switch through Ethical Electical. If yo live in VA, go to Dominion Green Power.

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Environmental resource guide for the DC area

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Recommended electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids - mileage figures are miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); prices are BEFORE federal tax credit. These credits (for electric vehicles   for plug-in hybrids) range from $2,500 to 7,500. Note, the Volt is not actually a hybrid; it's considered an electric car, so it qualifies for the $7,500 credit.

base price
price after tax credit
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid 95 $29,99027,490
Chevrolet Volt 98
Ford Focus Electric 105
Smart fortwo Electric Drive 107
Nissan LEAF 114
Honda Fit EV
(available at Maryland dealers)
lease only

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

Ledare bulb from IKEA (60 watt equivalent for $4.49)

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