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Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is my air conditioner wasting energy?

A reader wonders if her air conditioner's energy saver option really makes a difference. Umbra is cool to the idea.

Climate Change

Cities are leading the charge on climate action

While many national governments struggle to take comprehensive action on climate change, major cities around the globe are acting on their own.


Bringing home the bacon: Visiting a pasture-raised pig farm [VIDEO]

A young farmer talks about raising pigs on pasture, knowing where your food comes from, and speaking up for the food system you want.

Climate & Energy

Blowing in the right direction: Two big wind projects are moving forward

A wind project in Wyoming and another off the coast of New England will help us transition to a future without coal.

Climate Change

Journalists and climate disclaimers

When journalists cover extreme weather and climate change, they often include disclaimers about how no one event can be definitively blamed on climate change. Stop it, already.

Climate Change

Top U.S. science official: ‘Climate change is having consequences in real time’

Jane Lubchenco, head of NOAA, said Americans are connecting the dots between climate change and recent severe weather. When will political leaders make the issue a priority?

Industrial Agriculture

Sudden desert: Midwest drought is bad news for farmers and eaters

The "most productive corn crop in years" is drying up and shrinking fast. Is our dependence on monocrops heightening the impact of this year's drought?

Climate & Energy

We’re fighting the wrong fights over energy subsidies

Clean energy subsidies are really very small in the grand scheme of things, says Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Consider that we're spending $83 billion a year just to patrol the Straits of Hormuz.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Making a stink about infrequent showering

A reader wonders if she should make her young sons bathe more frequently. Umbra comes clean.