Darby Minow Smith

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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.


Woody Harrelson wants your paper to be less, well, woody

The actor and green activist talks about his non-traditional political views, Hollywood’s influence on environmental issues, and making non-wood paper.


Fashion isn’t frivolous — it’s a matter of life and death

More than 1,100 people died in the Rana Plaza building collapse. It's time to start making connections between what we consume and what it takes to get it to us.


Of a Kind brings ‘know your farmer’ mentality to clothing

We rarely know where our clothing has been, who made it, or how it was dreamed up. This apparel site tells those tales.