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John Kerry knows cities hold the key to fighting climate change

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris, the secretary of state says the real leadership is coming from the local level.


The EPA has a plan to protect vulnerable communities. Will it work?

The agency spent years cooking up its environmental justice master plan. Now it's time for action.


This is why you’re seeing Mason jars everywhere

If only down-home images could make food healthier and more sustainable, all our food system's problems would vanish.


6 problems we’d solve by drawing dicks on them

There’s a new hero in town, and his name is Wanksy.

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Bees are addicted to pesticide-laden junk food, too

It turns out bees may prefer nectar when it's laced with common pesticides, says a new study.


Right-wing think tank wants to convince the pope he’s wrong about climate change

The notorious climate-denying Heartland Institute is sending a team of climate "scientists" to Rome to show Pope Francis the errors of his ways.


How the Bay Area’s last slaughterhouse dodged the axe

You want local meat? You're gonna need a local slaughterhouse. It took a tanking economy and a massive beef recall to save the last such outfit in the Bay Area.


California’s drought isn’t doomsday, but yes, it will change the state

The most nightmarish scenarios of California's dry future are unlikely to happen. Still, the state must use the crisis as a wakeup call to use water more smartly.


Is climate change killing my California dream?

A reader wonders if Cali is going to dry up and blow away. Umbra sprinkles a little wisdom on the subject.

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