With the threat of coal exports, Oakland piles more pollution on a polluted community

Two community organizers explain why they're on the front lines to stop coal exports from coming to Oakland.


Praise the dog park! Why your pup could make you a better neighbor

You're more likely to interact with strangers, regardless of demographic differences.


These Latina activists have novel approaches in the fight against gentrification

Ana Urzua and Melody Gonzalez use wellness and restorative justice to respond to Santa Ana's changes.


Will Obama create a national monument to gay rights in New York City?

Many New Yorkers and gay rights activists are calling for a park near The Stonewall Inn to be turned over to the National Park Service.


There are too many trucks coming into New York City

New York City's truck-dependent freight system is bad news for the city's air quality.

Shard Truths

When I recycle a beer bottle, does it secretly end up in the landfill?

You toss your glass bottles in the recycling without a second thought -- but where do they end up? Umbra digs in to a national dilemma.


Victory! California guv signs bill to protect clotheslines

The Sunshine State reinforces its citizens' right to hang out their laundry in public with a new law.


Cities could be big players when it comes to cutting carbon emissions

When national governments fall short in their climate commitments, local governments can help make up ground.


D.C.’s crap is finally being put to good use: Generating clean energy

Utility D.C. Water is turning poop into power.