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Living

Can I recycle all these plastic food wrappers?

A reader wonders what to do with the plastic his food comes wrapped in. Umbra says he's bin doing it all wrong.

Living

Karl Ove Knausgaard is just as depressed by empty American consumerism as you are!

In the most recent installment of this series, Knausgaard briefly and grimly decries colonialism -- with some degrowth undertones.

Science

This chafing ice sheet is making us really uncomfortable

A new model of the West Antarctic ice sheet shows friction's role in keeping the giant slab from collapsing.

Wolf of Whale Street

Leo DiCaprio gives $50K to help Adrian Grenier find the “Loneliest Whale”

With a big push from noted ocean lover Leo DiCaprio, Adrian Grenier will film his search for the most solitary cetacean in the Pacific.

Climate & Energy

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, and it ain’t pretty

Thanks to a disclosure law in California, we now know that frackers are polluting water with petroleum chemicals, heavy metals, radioactive elements, and carcinogens.

Climate & Energy

Geoengineering won’t help people who are stuck with dirty air

Re-engineering the climate might slow warming, but it does nothing for communities on the ground, says Simon Nicholson of American University.

I spy

This amazing interactive map is actually saving trees

This is how you use the creepy power of the internet to do some real good.

Politics

The 3 scariest words for the environment: President Scott Walker

From wind turbines to iron ore mines -- Walker is the absolute worst candidate for the environment.

The dirty side of selling clean energy

Bribing bloggers with free solar panels is apparently a thing now

A marketing consultant tried to get me to write a column about solar startup in exchange for a panel. It didn't work.