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Can you green a ghost town? Lauren Riga of Gary, Ind., is going to try

Gary, Indiana: It’s not all Music Man. The sustainability chief tells us what it’s like doing environmental work in a shuttered, post-apocalyptic town.

Climate & Energy

How to make Illinois into a clean-energy leader

Activists in Illinois are excited about ballot initiatives to let cities control their own electricity. But before those can make a positive difference, the state's renewable energy standard needs to be fixed.


Three reasons to have a cow over antibiotics in your meat

There's new evidence that antibiotics in livestock are impacting our health -- and there are new proposed laws to control them. Here's everything you need to know.


This laundry soap won’t mess with your man parts

We blew it. We gave you detergent recipes that might bake your love spuds. Here’s one that (we sincerely hope) will not.


Umbra’s second helpings: Avoiding toxic makeup [VIDEO]

At first blush, makeup seems too toxic to even bother with. Umbra's here with fresh ways to freshen up.


The green take on Elizabeth Warren vs. Scott Brown — and three more hot Senate races

Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown are clashing over energy in Massachusetts. So are Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and candidates in Montana and New Mexico. Here's the green take on four senate races …


Overgrown: What happens when urban farms get too big?

As the number of city farms spanning more than 20 acres goes up, some worry: Are they suburbanizing cities?

Climate & Energy

Cue the math: McKibben’s roadshow takes aim at Big Oil

Armed with numbers and outrage, Bill McKibben and hit the road to jumpstart a campus divestment movement aimed at the fossil-fuel industry.

Climate & Energy

Bad acid trip: A beach bum’s guide to ocean acidification

We're dumping so much carbon we're radically changing the PH of the oceans (bad news if you like seafood). Here’s the lowdown on how ocean acidification works, and why it sucks.