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Climate & Energy

Exporting to China may not save the U.S. coal industry after all

American coal companies are banking on exports to China, but China's appetite for coal may not be as endless as they think.

Living

Ask Umbra: Am I saving too many emails?

A reader wonders if her overflowing inbox is polluting the planet. Umbra tells her how to take a byte out of her energy use.

Living

Eau de Chicago: Perfume uses local ingredients to bottle Windy City’s essence

Tru Blooms Chicago is made from flowers grown in the Windy City's urban gardens. Smelling like Chicago is finally a good thing.

Politics

Oil-rig wasteland: How the election looks from 37,000 feet

What's at stake in this election? Nothing that isn't laid bare on a flight over the West's booming, and devastated, gas fields.

Business & Technology

Blinded by science: The allure of the technological fix after Hurricane Sandy

Structural protection and technological solutions alone can't keep us safe from climate-related disasters -- and assuming as much can end up causing even more damage.

Politics

The most brutal ad you’ll see this election

Remember when Mitt Romney mocked efforts to "slow the rise of the oceans"? That joke's not so funny this week, as a hard-hitting new ad points out.

Food

NYC’s urban farms face a climate reality check

For New York's urban farms, Hurricane Sandy was more than a discouraging blow -- it was a reason to reevaluate what it means to grow food in a city limited by the realities of climate …

Cities

Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: DIY shampoo [VIDEO]

Grist's green advice columnist whips up some recipes for shampoo and conditioner that work just as well as the store-bought stuff -- and double as salad dressing in a pinch.