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A reader worries about Lyme disease and West Nile. Umbra bites.

Climate & Energy

How do we use electricity?

We can better understand our electricity use -- as a country and at home -- if we break it down by sector and category.

Climate & Energy

Climate-related power outages aren’t just a coastal problem

No American region has been exempt from the possibility of mass power outages.

Climate & Energy

U.S. won’t fund a massive coal plant in Vietnam

After Obama's climate pledge, is the Export-Import Bank finally changing its stance on fossil fuel projects?


Tour de farm: A cross-country bike quest for the female farming perspective

Two college graduates set out by cycle to meet the women reshaping our food system.


Who parked in my spot?!: Neighbors, cars, and “your” curb space

On the subject of curb parking, everyone seems to have a story -- and what the stories reveal is surprisingly important to the future of our cities.


Detroit: Bankrupt and broken — but not beyond hope

Chapter 9 bankruptcy is not the end of the road for a post-industrial city still in flux.

Climate & Energy

Like father, like daughter: Climate denier Liz Cheney to run for Senate in Wyoming

Liz Cheney says Obama's climate plan is "using phony science to kill real jobs."

Climate & Energy

Burning fossil fuels imperils our ability to burn fossil fuels

Large power plants are stuck in a terrible cycle.

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