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Organic farming is great, but it’s not Jesus

Organic agriculture can indeed do good things for the soil that reduce greenhouse gases. But overselling the advantages can backfire.


Ask Umbra: Is there really BPA in my recycled toilet paper?

A reader is distraught about the petrochemicals in her paper products. Umbra wipes away her tears.

Climate & Energy

Thanks to coal, U.S. CO2 emissions are up. Good thing Obama’s about to regulate coal plants.

A five-year decline in U.S. CO2 emissions is over, and the main culprit is increased coal burning.

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Can hungry microbes save the world’s imperiled frogs?

They may be small, but they're ruthless, and they're out to get the fungus that is killing amphibians the world over.


The senator and the moose: Whitehouse makes the climate case in New Hampshire

Rhode Island's Senator Who Cares About Climate goes on a fact-finding mission to the Granite State -- and finds it's all about the moose.


Just store your bike on the ceiling — it looks SUPER easy (ahem)

Simply knock a hole in your ceiling (your landlady won’t mind), throw some glass up there, add some bungee cords, and voila!


Roll your eyes at the beer fridge that promises to “save the world”

The eCool stores 24 cans o’ brew underground, keeping them cool until your next barbecue or backyard picnic.

Climate & Energy

Your family feud is more likely to be about global warming than guns or abortion

Does life start when a sperm high-fives an egg, or do they have to make out? Who cares? Climate change is WAY more fun to argue about!

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How African Americans beat one of the most racist institutions: The swimming pool

That old saying that "black people don't swim"? It's both true and undeserved -- just like the notion that we don't like the outdoors.

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