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Will Obama create a national monument to gay rights in New York City?

Many New Yorkers and gay rights activists are calling for a park near The Stonewall Inn to be turned over to the National Park Service.

Business & Technology

Electric car owners wage war over charging spots

There aren't enough charging stations for all the EVs out there. Things are getting testy.


There are too many trucks coming into New York City

New York City's truck-dependent freight system is bad news for the city's air quality.

Climate & Energy

Bolivia delivers stirring climate manifesto to U.N., issues decrees to pump more oil

The country's pledge offers 10 radical — if hypocritical — solutions to the climate crisis.


California: Stop medicating animals! Animal ag industry: Cool

California's tight new restrictions on antibiotic use for farm animals aren't upsetting farmers the way you'd have expected a few years ago.

Climate & Energy

Fracking linked to premature births, study finds

Researchers find women who live near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are at higher risk of having complications during pregnancy.

Shard Truths

When I recycle a beer bottle, does it secretly end up in the landfill?

You toss your glass bottles in the recycling without a second thought -- but where do they end up? Umbra digs in to a national dilemma.

Just call them pollutocrats

Dirty energy plutocrats are trying to buy the presidential election

Just 158 families gave almost half of the early money in the race, the N.Y. Times reports -- and many made their fortunes from oil and gas.

Climate & Energy

Communities in the San Joaquin Valley still don’t have clean water. Here’s why

In drought conditions, consolidating water systems brings out ugly politics.

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