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Green tech finds: Wildlife goes virtual, Farmville gets real

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Assembly lines rolling out the Focus Electric: Think Nissan’s the only game in town for a true electric vehicle? Not anymore: Ford’s started production of its 2012 Focus Electric in Michigan. (via @edbegleyjr)

Ranger Rick comes to the iPhone: Your kids bug you to play games on your smartphone? The National Wildlife Federation has created a way to make sure they’re learning something. The new Ranger Rick mobile apps provide games for kids as young as 2 (yes, 2!) to sharpen their knowledge about wild animals.

More green gifts: If yoga lessons won’t work for someone on your list, how about a filtering water bottle? Or a shower timer that trains you to take shorter showers? 1-800-Recycling has these and a few other cool gadgets listed.

Out with the old: Getting rid of a computer? There’s a much better chance you can recycle it now: Dell and Goodwill have announced the expansion of the Dell Reconnect program, which allows you to drop off computers (any brand) for recycling at the non-profit’s thrift stores.

Real-life Farmville starts using chemicals: For several months, participants in the UK’s MyFarm have gotten to participate (virtually) in the decision-making on a a 2500-acre organic farm. The UK’s National Trust, which runs the “game,” has decided to purchase a smaller, conventional farm so participants can weigh the costs and benefits of organic methods with those used on most of their food. (via @VisionaryValues)

Greenpeace and Facebook make friends: The international environmental organization has been taking the social media giant to task for months over its refusal to “unfriend coal.” Today, the two announced a partnership aimed at creating “a world that is highly efficient and powered by clean and renewable energy.”

Google Street View goes to Fukushima: Want to get a close-up look at disaster zones in Japan? Now you can: Google has created a dedicated site for a bank of photographs taken by its Street View vehicles. (via @mygreenbean)

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