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Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment

It turns out that tackling economic inequality is good climate change policy.

Climate & Energy

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.

Business & Technology

Team Obama plans big overhaul of GMO regulations

It's time to revamp the rules covering genetic engineering, says the president's science adviser -- and both sides in the GMO wars agree on that.

Climate & Energy

France is swimming in fondue — that’s not a good thing

Think of the cheese! Think of the chocolate!


We’re coming for you, Cuba

Cuba's an environmental oasis? Wait until the U.S. shows up.


Sorry, polar bears. It’s worse than we thought

A new study looked at polar bears' prospects as the world warms. The verdict? Bad, or very bad.

It’s not just the economy, stupid

Talking about jobs isn’t the only way to lure voters into the climate movement

Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are framing climate action as an economic stimulus package, but is that the best approach?


In “Advantageous,” society has failed women in a big way

"Advantageous" is a thoughtful look at one possible future, and it’ll leave you thinking hard about what that future is and why -- something we should be doing more often, given our current predicament.


Is there a beanbag chair I can rest easy on?

Are there better choices than little white plastic pellets to fill that blobby comfy chair? Of course! Umbra investigates.