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it's not warm when she's away

Night or day, this solar power plant always turns us on

The Gemasolar plant regularly provides nonstop solar power even after the sun's gone down or your lady-love leaves you.

Define "terror"

GOP leader calls anti-fracking congressman a terrorist

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) thinks local communities should have control over fracking, and Republicans say that makes him a "terrorist" on a "jihad."


This app will help you buy stores’ leftover food for cheap

Supermarkets plug in their excess food inventory along with a discounted price and time of availability.

Let's confuse everybody

Should we be calling it “climate disruption”?

White House science adviser John Holdren says the phrases "global warming" and "climate change" just aren't cutting it.

It's dirty work, but ...

Pipeline builder says oil spills can be good for the economy

Kinder Morgan, which is pushing to expand a tar-sands pipeline in Canada, says that "spills can have both positive and negative effects" on local economies.

Dog gone

What happens to Fido when fracking comes to town?

Does fracking pose a threat to our household pets? A new book compiles anecdotes and lays out the issues.


Ask Umbra: Is somebody sneaking palm oil into my food and shampoo?

A reader notices that unsustainable palm oil is showing up in everything. Umbra helps him turn over a new leaf.


How to make homemade dog biscuits

With all of the nasties that can go into conventional pet food, we're fans of taking the DIY approach.

Climate & Energy

This year’s wildfires could incinerate the nation’s fire budget

The federal government released its projections for the costs of fighting fires this year -- and it looks like there isn't nearly enough money.

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