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Why Americans love to hate the train — and always have

A cross-country train trip serves as a reminder that Big Rail once called all the shots, until we pushed back against its reshaping of the U.S. landscape.


Black colleges deserve a spot in the green schools rankings

The Sierra Club's latest list of the greenest colleges doesn't include a single historically black college or university -- and that's not right.


Why Montana is doing beef right

How Bozeman's Montana Meat Co. is building a better food system.

Climate & Energy

Living close to a fracking well could have given you that rash

A new study from Yale -- the largest of its kind -- shows a correlation between living near a fracking site and having health problems.


How to give a community a soul

Charming neighborhoods are not magic. They can be developed with smart public policy.

Climate & Energy

The Weather Channel has your forecast for 2050

The Weather Channel joins the IPCC in predicting a chaotic future without climate action. Wear a raincoat.


The secret to a happy life: revealed!

I don't want to brag, but while I was on sabbatical I discovered the secret to happiness.

Climate & Energy

10 birds your grandkids may never see, thanks to climate change

A new study by the Audubon Society suggests global warming threatens a vast number of North American bird species.


Beer: a magical mixture of hops, barley, and tiny pieces of plastic

Researchers took a microscope to a bunch of German beer. What they found will ruin your whole day.