Darby Minow Smith

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Climate & Energy

The full Monte: Beloved Montana artist makes bold statement on climate and coal

Monte Dolack has been painting the animals of Montana for the last 40 years. In a new show, Dolack turns a critical eye to coal.


The kids are alright: Erin Schrode helps teens go green

Teens Turning Green co-founder Erin Schrode found a receptive and curious audience by approaching sustainability in ways teens find palpable.


This old thing? San Francisco finds new life for dead threads

The city by the Bay rolls out a new line of recycling containers today -- for residents' old clothes.

Climate & Energy

Russell Brand is a climate hawk as well as a revolutionary

Watch the actor's charming and articulate take on democracy, gorgeous beards, and why we can't vote ourselves out of the climate crisis.


It takes a Village People: GMO disco will make Monsanto quake in its leisure suit

Good news, everyone: GMOs are getting labeled … with a terrifyingly catchy disco anthem.

Climate & Energy

Poetic justice for the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S.

Washington state's poet laureate, Kathleen Flenniken, talks about growing up near the Hanford Nuclear Site.


Cut up your six-pack rings or seagulls will cut you

If you once accidentally discarded a set of six-pack rings and worried about strangling a turtle, you should be afraid for your own hide instead.


Blimey, it’s slimy: Meet fatberg, London’s 16.5-ton confluence of wet wipes and lard

Here's a cautionary tale that will ensure years of nightmares for chafed-butt children doing the dishes.


How’d the present get so tense?

Technology is speeding up and dumbing down our world, argues Douglas Rushkoff in his latest book. Here's how to get our time back -- and use tech to clean up our polluted minds and planet.