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Ask Umbra: Does microwaving vegetables zap their nutritional value?

A reader asks if it’s bad to microwave your food. Umbra cooks up an answer that’s healthy -- and tasty too.

Food

Weed dating: Young farmers go looking for romance [VIDEO]

Meeting people is hard when you work on a farm. That's where this form of "speed dating" enters the picture.

Climate & Energy

Everything you need to know about where Obama and Romney stand on energy policy

The presidential candidates' energy agendas couldn't be more different. Here's a side-by-side comparison.

Cities

Urban living: Good for the planet, but bad for our brains?

A New York City transplant wonders whether the city is making her crazy -- or if it's just her. The answer? Maybe a little of both.

Climate & Energy

In a climate-crazed world, how can we plan for the future?

Climate change brings so many uncertainties that it's hard to know how to make decisions and plan for the future. The trick is not to aim for the most efficient solution, but the most robust, …

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Sweaters and the moths who love them

Is your fall cardigan supply looking worse for the wear? Read this. Umbra doesn't sweat the sweater stuff.

Cities

Southern sustainability: Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

The manager of Asheville, N.C.’s sustainability office talks about her Twitter profile, making sustainability pay, and how her city is blowing Portland out of the water.

Food

Pork barrel spending: How Big Ag lobbyists use federal dollars to protect factory farms

A recent lawsuit accused the pork industry of using industry marketing or "checkoff" funds to keep pigs in factory farms.

Climate & Energy

Deadly connection: New report on extreme weather and climate change

The links between climate change and costly, deadly weather events are robust and well-documented, according to a report from Reps. Ed Markey and Henry Waxman.