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Living

Are women obligated to have children? This man thinks so

Swedish philosopher Torbjörn Tännsjö argues that humans have a moral duty to reproduce -- and to do it early and often. Oof.

Food

This is a story about weed and hoes

Now that weeds can stand up to herbicides, farmers have to uproot them the old-fashioned way: with garden tools.

Politics

What the climate movement can learn from the war on smoking

If you want to change the culture, you have to get your message spread by "trusted advisers." Then get them to repeat themselves a lot.

Cities

Air pollution at home could lower kids’ GPAs

In a study of almost 2,000 kids in El Paso, Texas, researchers found a strong correlation between air pollution and academic performance.

Climate & Energy

Was there a link between climate change and Hurricane Katrina?

Here's what the science says.

Tea Partiers are almost as dumb about vaccines as they are about climate change

A new study shows it's not just hippies who distrust vaccination.

Climate & Energy

Sea levels are rising and they’re not going to stop, says NASA

New research finds that seas have risen by an average of three inches over the past two decades, and they're only going up.

Living

Rechargeable batteries: Which are the most eco-friendly?

There are many ways to juice your gadgets without throwing away mountains of dead batteries. Umbra charges through the options.

So you’re living in one of FEMA’s Katrina trailers

You've used our searchable database. Maybe you've found that the home you're living in was one of FEMA's formaldehyde-laden Katrina trailers. What can you do? Many things, it turns out.