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TreeHugger's Year- and Decade-end Roundups

TreeHugger has just released its recap of the past year, and the past decade: In a few weeks, it's out with the old and in with the new, but what...


TreeHugger has just released its recap of the past year, and the past decade:
In a few weeks, it's out with the old and in with the new, but what about that old? Now's the time to reflect on the big events, the changes to the world as we know it. Over the next two weeks, we will dish up a total of 14 slideshows, focusing on subjects including wild and weird new species that first showed their scaly, slimy, and sometime furry heads in 2009; some unbelievable green tech concepts (solar powered headphones, anyone?); the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright crazy lobbying efforts (yes, that forged letter incident made the cut); the year in cars, the year in Digg and Stumble Upon stories, and much more.
Click through to see two great slideshows.
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