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  • Dead elephants, plagues, and rats: Why the Sixth Extinction is bad for you and everyone you know

    25 July 2014, 6:02 pm by: Samantha Larson

    Our little habit of wiping out wildlife is going to come back and bite us.
  • Out-of-touch dads still want gas-guzzling SUVs, apparently

    25 July 2014, 5:56 pm by: Ted Alvarez

    SUVs are saving General Motors, but that doesn't mean they're about to rule the roads again.
  • Be a patriot, eat less beef

    25 July 2014, 2:43 pm by: Alex Park

    This is your favorite protein's carbon footprint.
  • Letter from Detroit: And now for a completely different kind of Canadian pipeline

    25 July 2014, 1:12 pm by: Heather Smith

    A convoy of tap water gets sent across the northern border as a gesture of solidarity with H2O-strapped Detroit residents.
  • Want to support clean energy? Fight for voting rights

    25 July 2014, 12:48 pm by: Brentin Mock

    In our ever-browning America, empowering black and brown voters is absolutely necessary to make the transition to clean energy.
  • Amory Lovins’ high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort

    25 July 2014, 7:08 am by: Ben Adler

    The Colorado house has no heating system, but it has a greenhouse warm enough to grow bananas, a solar-heated hot tub, and killer views.
  • On climate change, Republicans are even more backward than oil companies

    25 July 2014, 7:02 am by: Ben Adler

    It turns out you actually can be more Catholic than the Pope.
  • Relax, everyone: We’re not about to run out of kale

    24 July 2014, 8:45 pm by: Darby Minow Smith

    Does the media have you worried about the coming kalepocalypse? Take a deep breath and gulp of that green juice, and read this.
  • Frackers learn one does not simply walk into Pittsburgh and mess with its CSAs

    24 July 2014, 7:35 pm by: Eve Andrews

    There's a new microcosm of the ongoing tug-of-war between the oil and gas industry and people who just happen to like clean air and water.
  • Climate change VR games make you a better person by making you kill trees and coral

    24 July 2014, 7:09 pm by: Samantha Larson

    Wielding a computer-generated chainsaw or experiencing the virtual effects of ocean acidification can actually change people's behavior in the real world, a new study finds.
  • Northwest wildfires: We broke the forests, now we need to fix them

    24 July 2014, 4:29 pm by: Greg Hanscom

    Decades of logging, fire suppression, and now climate change have turned our forests into firestorms. But the war on wildfire is one we just can't win.
  • Sit down, relax, and charge your phone at this cool new solar-powered smartbench

    24 July 2014, 4:13 pm by: Jim Meyer

    Not only will this bugger power your phone, it will tell you what's happening at the park before you even get there.
  • North Dakota’s ag commissioner race oughta be on Broadway

    24 July 2014, 1:54 pm by: Heather Smith

    An incumbent drowning in oil money. A challenger from an organic ranch. Sexual harassment. And tons of permits at stake. This farm race begs to be set to music.
  • Drilling in Pennsylvania has damaged the water supply 209 times in last seven years

    24 July 2014, 12:52 pm by: Heather Smith

    "Only 209 measly little times!" says the oil and gas industry. "Wait, what?" say water-drinking people everywhere.
  • Halliburton fracking spill mystery: What chemicals polluted an Ohio waterway?

    24 July 2014, 12:32 pm by: Mariah Blake

    A recent accident highlights how state fracking laws protect corporate trade secrets over public safety.
  • Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial life – by spotting its pollution

    24 July 2014, 7:53 am by: Jim Meyer

    Everyone knows that any intelligent life form is going to have a massive carbon tentacle-print. Now, thanks to a newfangled telescope, that should be easy to spot.
  • Ask Umbra: How can I get rid of all of this packaging foam?

    24 July 2014, 7:06 am by: Ask Umbra®

    A reader wonders what to do with the annoying foam padding her purchases. Umbra packs it up, packs it in.
  • Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

    23 July 2014, 3:54 pm by: Jim Meyer

    Harbor seals are drawn in by the ample fish provided by these artificial reefs.
  • Norwegian reindeer are enjoying the balmy weather, breeding like bunnies

    23 July 2014, 3:49 pm by: Jim Meyer

    Sadly, these guys are the rare winners in a warming world full of losers.
  • The NFL’s newest stadium is also one of the greenest

    23 July 2014, 3:10 pm by: Andrew Simon

    The San Francisco 49ers' new digs just scored LEED Gold certification.
  • This little fox loves transit. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

    23 July 2014, 3:04 pm by: Darby Minow Smith

    Despite the fact that the bus was empty, the fox only took up one seat. If only all encroaching wildlife (including humans) were so polite.
  • In Pennsylvania, Dr. Frack will see you now

    23 July 2014, 2:49 pm by: Heather Smith

    To gather data on how gas drilling might affect residents' health, a group is starting by offering them some medical advice.
  • Plants are poison — and that just may be why they keep us healthy

    23 July 2014, 2:15 pm by: Nathanael Johnson

    Toxins in produce may be the key to why fruits and vegetables do us so much good, according to new research that challenges our thinking about antioxidants.
  • New rules aim to stop rash of oil train spills and explosions

    23 July 2014, 2:11 pm by: Brentin Mock

    Train wrecks have done more than $10 million in damage as of mid-May this year -- nearly triple the damage for all of 2013. The feds want to stop that.
  • Even rural America can have good public transportation

    23 July 2014, 6:56 am by: Ben Adler

    The area around Aspen, Colo., enjoys a great bus system and bikeshare program. Take that, big cities.
  • People: Stop getting your panties in a wad about “fake” charity clothing bins

    23 July 2014, 6:53 am by: Amber Cortes

    The donation boxes have been condemned as public nuisances, magnets for graffiti and crime, and fire hazards. In fact, they're a logical response to our overconsumption.
  • How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

    23 July 2014, 1:48 am by: Roger Drouin

    The city council of South Portland has voted to block ExxonMobil's scheme to ship filthy Albertan oil out through the city's port.
  • Will drones save the rhinos? Some conservationists say it’s launch time

    22 July 2014, 7:39 pm by: Samantha Larson

    Drones send privacy advocates into a tizzy. But can camera-equipped bots help enforce environmental regs?
  • George Harrison memorial tree falls victim to climate-driven irony

    22 July 2014, 6:03 pm by: Jim Meyer

    The tree was killed by, you guessed it: beetles.
  • Earth crushes another temperature record; not getting much love from the stands

    22 July 2014, 5:50 pm by: Jim Meyer

    June marked the 352nd consecutive hotter-than-average month. It's a streak that would make Barry Bonds blush.

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