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Living

What’s better, synthetic or standard motor oil?

A reader wonders which lube he should use in his new car. Umbra has answers in a jiffy.

Food

Teen killed in New Orleans believed in the power of food justice and gardens

George Carter, 15, helped transform the New Orleans school lunch culture into a healthier environment before he was murdered.

Politics

Attack ads from green groups feature the Kochs as much as the climate

Watch some of the ads that hit Republican candidates for being beholden to wealthy polluters.

Climate & Energy

Will South Florida be the shortest-lived state in the union?

The mayor of South Miami is fed up with Florida's refusal to address sea-level rise, which threatens to wipe out the southern end of the state.

Climate & Energy

China’s coal use is actually dropping for the first time this century

It's a spot of good news in an otherwise gloomy news-scape.

Best Bette

Bette Midler knows the plastic we should REALLY be worried about (it’s not surgery)

Look who's calling attention to ocean plastics now -- the Divine Miss M herself!

Out of our Gourds

Pumpkins’ biggest threat isn’t Mischief Night or Billy Corgan

California's neverending drought spares no plant, animal, or holiday tradition. Its latest victim: pumpkins.

Food

Watch dinosaurs defend the Gates Foundation’s farm policy

Some food activists are not happy with the Gates Foundation's programs to help farmers. But why? We boil the issue down in a new video.

If it weren't for those meddling kids ...

These teens are taking their climate lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court

The premise of the case: The sky belongs to everyone, so governments must protect it.

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