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Climate & Energy

Is there hope for West Virginia as it moves away from coal?

Not as much as we might like, because next the state will fixate on fracking for natural gas, as West Virginia native Jeff Young explains.

Food

Instead of trying to feed the world, we should be ending poverty

Relieving poverty is the single most important step we could take toward reducing hunger -- and way more effective than boosting crop yields.

Business & Technology

What’s the best solar charger for my cellphone?

A reader needs a better solar charger, and he's buying on a budget. Umbra plugs him in.

buttload of butternuts

The best recipes for your endless supply of butternut squash

Butternut squash doesn't have to be dressed with warm spices and sage -- here's how to stay excited about our favorite winter squash, starting with a bright salad recipe.

Age of Us

The Anthropocene is here, whether geologists make it official or not

Humans rule the world, for worse or for worse.

Food

We could talk about the environmental impact of toast, or we could not hate life

For the love of gluten: Leave toast alone.

Food

So long, Soylent. World remembers that eating rules

Its popularity may be waning as folks try to offload the stuff on Craigslist. No powdery tears were cried for the bland meal replacement.

Business & Technology

Now your smartphone can be fair trade, too

This new startup wants to sell you a conflict-minerals-free cellphone.

Immaculate Contraception

Our favorite Pope still needs to address one major issue

When it comes to women, and the control that they can have over their own bodies, the Church still has a long way to go.

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