Soft drink tax war to bubble up in cities across the U.S.

Soda taxes are finally gaining traction. Next year, they might appear at the polling booth in a city near you.

Climate & Energy

How to read the jargon at the Paris climate change talks

This guide translates the diplomat-speak to more common language.

Permanent Depress

The dirty secrets of dry cleaning

Advice maven Umbra Fisk adopts a not-so-casual attitude to the question of dry cleaning, one of our most toxic personal habits.


Nostalgic for fudge-striped cookies? Bake them at home!

Here's the recipe for a homemade version of a childhood favorite.

Climate & Energy

California may be a leader on climate change, but it still has plenty of work to do

California’s greenhouse gas emissions are declining, but not rapidly.

Climate & Energy

For the kids suing over climate change, things are going well so far

Even the fossil fuel industry is starting to take these cases seriously.


12 ways to spend Black Friday instead of wasting your money

Skip Black Friday and do something instead.

Wattle I Do?

What’s the best way to transport my Thanksgiving leftovers?

When packing up Thanksgiving leftovers for future gobbling, which container is best? Advice maven Umbra Fisk dishes up an answer.

Business & Technology

Port neighborhoods demand action from the EPA

Living next to a port is similar to living next to a coal plant.