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.

Business & Technology

A more permeable concrete will inspire you to achieve your wildest dreams

Shia LaBeouf better watch his back -- this parking lot is vying for his job as the world's best motivational speaker.


The story of “ghost bikes”: How a bike memorial in St. Louis sparked a global movement

These white-painted bicycles show up in cities and towns all over the world. Here's where they came from, and what they mean.

Recycled talking points

Is recycling as awful as the New York Times claims? Not remotely

Here are the five most misleading arguments in John Tierney's slam on recycling.

Climate & Energy

Who are the rich Californians using millions of gallons of water a year? It’s a secret

California’s public water agencies are allowing residents to use as much water as they want to buy -- even in the middle of a drought.


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.