Business & Technology

Living

The real sharing economy doesn’t require apps, just kindness

In the middle of a trans-continent bike trip, our hero discovers that in rural America, sharing comes naturally.

Politics

Soda taxes bubbling up all over

Doctors support the idea of taxing sugary beverages, and the state budget could use the money, too.

Living

Which hardware store is the greenest?

A reader wonders where to get sustainable home-improvement supplies. Umbra is the helpful hardware ham.

Climate & Energy

Why are federal dollars financing this thirsty crop in Arizona?

The federal government is propping up cotton farming during the West's water crisis.

Climate & Energy

What do we do with all these dead coal-fired power plants?

About 13 gigawatts worth of coal plants will close this year. What should we do with these old things?

Tears of soy

Amy’s Kitchen moves to fast food

Will Americans go for vegan, gluten-free fast food?

Climate & Energy

2 cool maps that show how wind power is poised to go big — really big

The U.S. Department of Energy has published two new maps that put that our wind-powered future in concrete terms.

Politics

It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

The state has already asked most farmers and residents to cut water use. Now it's turning to the people whose water rights are first in legal line.

Food

This palm oil company just bulldozed a rainforest

Pressuring a little-known ag corporation is hard, so activists are going after a posh hotel chain that's owned by the same conglomerate.