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At continent’s edge, a rail epic concludes, pursued by tank cars

There's nothing quite like the conversations you have on a long railroad trip. But sooner or later, even the wildest digressions have to end.

Climate & Energy

On climate, how far gone is the far right? (Spoiler: far)

Climate communicators badly want to believe that it's possible to reach the Tea Party. Recent episodes from far-right conservatism cast doubt on that proposition.

Climate & Energy

Why Scotland’s independence vote matters for climate change

How would an independent Scotland pay for its clean energy future?


Why North Carolina is doing jam right

How Farmer's Daughter is building a better food system in the North Carolina Piedmont.

Climate & Energy

Civil rights heroes offer climate marchers a little wisdom

Dorie and Joyce Ladner helped organize some of the biggest protests of the civil rights era. Here's what they have to say to activists today.

Spirits Animal

What’s the greenest way to get drunk?

A reader wants to drink alcohol without hurting the environment. Umbra bears with him.


Environmental justice works — and these folks show us how

Activists around the country are shaping public decisions -- and reshaping their communities for the better.

Station to station

Rumors of the death of the train station have been greatly exaggerated

Something there is that doesn't like a big, beautiful, high-ceilinged train lobby -- because we keep shuttering them. Occasionally, a city will push back.

Climate & Energy

China’s coal addiction threatens the planet — but can it handle a natural gas revolution?

China's push to wean itself from coal has triggered a rush to develop alternative power sources. Here's a look at its natural gas boom.

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