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Image via familyvacationcentral.comFlying Green

How much extra would you pay to make your international flight greener? How about $57 each way? That’s the estimated cost the European Union is saying will help decrease carbon emissions on a flight form NYC to London. American airlines are not pleased with the EU’s carbon trading program and they’re proposing eliminating flights to Europe altogether. GOOD  

Healthier Happy Meals?

McDonald’s is giving their Happy Meals a nutritional makeover. Along with the traditional hamburger, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, meals will include a smaller portion of fries, and apple slices. Fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low-fat white milk have been added as drink choices as well. While the adjustment to the meals is a step in the right direction, nutrition advocates see the changes as not much more than a PR stunt. CNN Health

Fukushima Cleanup Flawed

A small (but growing) number of Japanese residents are taking their safety into their own hands. Armed with radiation detectors, residents are testing their communities for contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. Their findings aren’t matching the claims of local officials, raising further concerns about government cleanup efforts. NY Times

Bring on the Heat Wave

Don’t let another heat wave keep you from your usual commute by bike. Here are some tips to making those steamy summer months of biking more enjoyable. Grist