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Cities

Parks and recreation: The best American cities for green spaces

ParkScore measures and ranks the park systems of the country’s 40 largest cities. How does your hometown stack up?

Green Living Tips

Resisting the splurge: The travails of an urban hunter-gatherer

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, quit shopping, cold turkey, for a month. Well, almost. What do you think -- in the No New Stuff challenge, did she pass or fail?

Sustainable Business

Trash talk: A visual tour through the e-waste recycling process

We visit an e-waste collection center and recycling facility to follow deceased gadgets as they go through the stages of reincarnation.

Sustainable Business

Life recycle: How e-waste recycling gives your gadgets a fresh start

A growing number of states are requiring proper disposal of electronics. Here's what you need to know about the e-waste recycling process.

Corn

FDA: High-fructose corn syrup will not be called ‘corn sugar’

The Food and Drug Administration officially rejected the Corn Refiners Association's request to refer to HFCS as the more benign-sounding “corn sugar” in packaged food ingredient lists.

Natural Gas

International Energy Agency: ‘Safe’ fracking cheap, but would destroy a livable climate

A new IEA report on the "Golden Age of Gas" says "safe" gas drilling is cheap. That's true if a ruined climate constitutes your idea of "safe."

Climate Change

Leading climbing outfit cancels 2012 Everest trip due to warm weather dangers

Unprecedented warmth on Mount Everest has made the ice too unstable. One climbing operation already canceled this year's expedition.

With the ‘McItaly,’ did McDonald’s truly go local?

By sourcing local toppings for its burgers in Italy, the multinational might have taken a small step in a sustainable direction. Or not, says Slow Food.

Land grabbing hurts the world’s poor more than climate change, Fred Pearce argues

In his new book "The Land Grabbers," Fred Pearce investigates the Gulf sheiks, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street speculators, and Russian oligarchs who are buying up tracts all around the world.