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growing pains

Watch our juicy explainer about the environment’s growing economics problem

This video makes the case for degrowth, an idea that's about producing and consuming less for our well-being and the planet's.

Business & Technology

Is it greener to buy a new car or drive the old one into the ground?

A reader is feline unsure about buying a new, fuel-efficient car. Umbra says it's better to make the leap, and she's not lion.

Kick it while it's down!

Naomi Klein on why low oil prices could be a great thing

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for climate activists to attack Big Oil while it's weak and shift us toward cleaner energy.

Food

What’s a watermelon radish, and what do I do with it?

A great discovery, an even better pickle, and what to do with your latest CSA haul.

Climate & Energy

257,000 people could die from China’s toxic air over the next decade

That really is a lot of people; it’s roughly equal to the population of Orlando, Fla., or Buffalo, N.Y.

Living

Watch America’s farmers slowly disappear from this map

Over the past 40 years, America has gone from a nation of farmers to one of truck drivers and the occasional software developer.

Cities

The 10 U.S. cities that are gentrifying the fastest

So much for keeping Austin weird.

what a moby dick

Whales, fed up with being fished, take revenge on fishermen

In Alaska, once overfished sperm whales are striking back against fishermen by eating all of their fish. This is one whale's tale.

Cities

Why living in Detroit doesn’t come cheap

Detroit's housing market may look accessible, but once you do the math imposed by the city's sometimes tough conditions, it's hardly a bargain.