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Let them drink olive oil

California’s next oil rush might be surprisingly delicious

Olive trees don't take much water to produce lots of healthy oil. Plus, when you make it locally, you can actually taste the difference.

Listen up, EPA!

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

The EPA is still refusing to ban these dangerous insecticides, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official is phasing them out in some wildlife refuges.


Whole Foods will bring you groceries by bike

When you're done rolling your eyes, here's why it's a good thing.

Climate & Energy

Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.

Instead of a patchquilt of permitting rules that vary from county to county, the state now has a simpler -- and cheaper -- process.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is about to sweat through some climate education

Under mounting pressure, Scott has agreed to talk to a climate scientist who insists, “It’s not rocket science. I can explain it. Give me half an hour.”

Punky Rooster

Punk strife and farm life pair remarkably well

Here is something you’ve almost definitely never thought about: Rural punks! Punks in the country!


It’s going to take more than swim lessons to undo the effects of racism

The documentary "Free Swim" suggests that learning to swim can lift black kids up. But poverty, racism, and colonialism are tough nuts to crack.


Hospital food gets a locavore makeover

Illness aside, most hospital food is enough to make you want to barf. But that's finally starting to change.

Past gas

Living next to natural gas wells is no fun

From health threats to truck traffic, from rank odors to sinking property values, Coloradans explain what it's like to live near fracking sites.

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