Retirement homes open up to college students. Everybody wins

Students live rent-free in a retirement home in the Netherlands in exchange for working with elder residents.

Climate & Energy

Meet the drought-stricken communities of California’s San Joaquin Valley

After years of drought and shortsighted land-use planning, the water crisis has intensified for residents in California's self-reliant communities.


Does the United Nations’ new global sustainability agenda mean anything for cities?

The U.N.'s new development goals are lofty and ambitious. The devil, as usual, is in the details of the metrics.

This interactive map shows the toxic sites near you

Find out where every Superfund site in the country is -- and where not to park your Vanagon.


Good news: Global health is actually improving. Huzzah, civilization!

The latest data shows we've made impressive strides on human life expectancy around the world.


New York City sweeps aside homeless people for pope’s visit

In the days before Pope Francis landed in New York, the city dismantled homeless encampments near places the pope will be visiting.


A few miles away from where the pope addressed Congress, a black community looks for change

The neighborhood's fresh air has long been overtaken by a trash transfer station.


Meet Beijing’s weird new trend: Sproutcore

There's a hot new look that you could be yours, and all you need is a sprout growing out of the top of your head.

Finally, communal freezers offer space to store the whole hog

A group in upstate New York is bringing back the communal freezer.