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Along the L.A. River, new signs of life in an industrial wasteland

While city leaders labor to rebuild riverside green space, Mama Nature is making inroads of her own. These scrappy wetlands offer a hint of what is to come in a city that’s going green.


Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. Learn it, save your clothes, and save a little bit of resources in the process.


GMO potatoes: Is the biodiversity shortcut worth it?

The Irish potato famine should have taught the food and farming world that crop diversity is crucial. But the genetically engineered potato on trial in Ireland suggests that we haven't actually learned much.

Climate & Energy

The secrets drillers can hide about the fracking in your backyard

The majority of states where fracking occurs have no disclosure laws at all, and those that do exist are pretty pitiful. Check out these maps to see how your state measures up.


No more trowels, no more roots: What happens to school gardens in summer?

School gardens are sprouting across the country. But what to do with them over summer vacation is still an open question.

Climate & Energy

Talking climate change with the old-timers on the back roads of New England

The Slow Ride Stories gang talks about hot times with a roadside hot dog vendor, then teaches us a thing or two about the hot rod they're traveling on -- a classic Royal Enfield motorcycle.


The first challenge to restoring the L.A. River: Reminding Angelenos that it exists

City planners once imagined that Los Angeles residents would take pleasant walks along the freeways that line the L.A. River’s banks, but today, the waterway is largely invisible to the city that surrounds it.

Whales for sale: How cap-and-trade could finally save Flipper

In an age of global warming and mass extinction, the fight to save the whales seems quaint. But the whales are still in trouble -- and one scientist thinks she’s found a way to save them.

Climate & Energy

The most important clean-energy vote this year is in Michigan

Michigan's modest renewable energy standards led to more economic growth, jobs, pollution-free energy, and pride. Now voters' decision to expand it (or not) will reverberate in other states.