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Discount rates: A boring thing you should know about (with otters!)

Unless you're an economics geek, you've probably never heard of "discount rates." Behind that technical term, however, hides a social and ethical debate at the heart of climate policy. David Roberts explains (otters included).

Climate & Energy

Shocker: Fox News misleads audience on climate change

A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists quantifies how Fox News and the Wall Street Journal's opinion section spread climate skepticism.


Revolution will be televised: On TV dramas and our end-of-the-world fetish

If only climate collapse led to perfect hair: The new NBC drama "Revolution" plays to all of our fantasies of a simple life, where what we do actually matters, and we look fabulous without even …


Planting rebellion: How to reclaim our seed culture

A new book highlights the culture of "seed-savers" and reveals the crucial, often invisible role seeds play in keeping our food system stable and genetically diverse.


Ask Umbra: Who’s the greenest character on TV?

A reader wonders which shows have the best eco-role models. Umbra goes channel surfing.


David Byrne plays Scrabble with bike racks in Brooklyn

The former Talking Heads front man-turned-bicycle-advocate is making his mark on the NYC streetscape with funky new cycle infrastructure.

Five weird burgers (and the companies who should sponsor them)

Here's a wrap-up of some of the weirdest hamburgers in recent history -- complete with imaginary corporate backers.


12 things you can do with a parking spot (besides parking a car)

On PARK(ing) Day, humans around the world reclaimed parking spots with miniature golf courses, Twister, pop-up chicken coops, and banana art. Check out our favorite photos.

Climate & Energy

Why is rooftop solar cheaper in Germany than in the U.S.?

A new survey has answers -- and they're not as obvious as you might expect.