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Help! I need eco-friendly party favors — on a budget

A reader wonders if there's a better alternative than the dreaded, plastic-filled goodie bags. Umbra reaches into her huge bag of tricks.

Climate & Energy

Rotten odors rouse citizen sleuths in Pennsylvania gas patch

Since government won't monitor whether the oil-and-gas boom is wrecking air quality, volunteers have stepped in. Now their work is getting peer-reviewed and published.

Climate & Energy

The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report

This is -- finally and for real -- the last installment of the report. Here's what it says in a nutshell.

Climate & Energy

After Irene, Vermont shows us what climate resilience looks like

Hurricane Irene pummeled rural communities in Vermont. Their response can teach us a lot about community.

Cities

In the fight for bike-safe streets, we’ll need everyone to join the ride

A new "bike equity" report by the League of American Bicyclists shows off diversity in bike advocacy.

Business & Technology

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

"Oxodegradable" is the latest iffy marketing term for plastic bags.

Climate & Energy

Fracking pollution just went airborne

A new study published this week shows that fracking chemicals aren't just polluting our waterways, they're taking to the skies, too.

Business & Technology

These wearable air monitors fight pollution from the streets

The AirBeam promises to let you measure the air pollution you breathe while walking around your city.

Food

Scary maps show how bad California’s water shortage is

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these maps.

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