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Cities

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

An ex-bodysurfing champ and former census worker is leading a volunteer effort to give slum residents mailing addresses.

Climate & Energy

Pentagon says we could soon be fighting climate wars

The Defense Department says global warming "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security."

Cities

New York is about to get safer for walkers — if the NYPD does its job

The city is lowering its default speed limit, which will prevent pedestrian deaths, assuming the cops actually enforce the law.

Politics

Democrats: Coal country is just not that into you

Dems should stop wasting time trying to win over rural whites and instead embrace the diverse, urban voters who value a clean environment.

Cities

Today, “Made in Detroit” is a label in search of a story

The archetypal factory town struggles to turn "manufacturing renaissance" from a slogan into a reality.

Climate & Energy

Why are black lawmakers fighting clean energy?

A Tea Party mouthpiece says Obama's plan to clean up power plants is the "green movement's new Jim Crow." You'll be amazed at who's buying it.

Food

Should big business get out of the food business?

When it comes to food and farming technology, our political and economic beliefs trump the field knowledge of what works and what doesn't.

Business & Technology

What’s the most energy-efficient way to charge my cellphone?

A reader wonders if it's better to plug into the wall or his laptop. Umbra hooks him up with the latest in charger technology.

Food

What to do with an overload of cauliflower

Cauliflower's delicate taste makes it an excellent foil to more flavorful ingredients. This pasta recipe will teach you the ways.

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