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Toward a future that makes sense

What would a future that makes sense look like? What would it mean to do it right, to stay within carbon and other resource limits while enjoying a high quality of life?

Food

The way we farm now: Fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that if everyone in the country wanted to eat their daily recommendations of fruit and vegetables we wouldn't have nearly enough? See the big picture of American farming in this infographic.

Natural Gas

Against the grain: Fracking companies mine rural Wisconsin for sand

Fracking companies are storming rural Wisconsin, bringing money and misery with them. But they're not after natural gas: They're mining sand crucial to drilling operations everywhere. Inside the environmental nightmare you know nothing about.

Farm Bill

Politicians, advocates make an 11th-hour push for a better farm bill

Do you have something to say about the $85 billion bill that will shape the nation's food and farming landscape for the next five years? Congress is digging down into the details, but it's not too late to chime in.

Politics

Let’s end polluter welfare

We can't afford to give away more than $110 billion to the oil, gas, and coal industries over the next decade. That's why I've introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act.

Renewable Energy

U.S. military kicks more ass by using less fossil-fuel energy

To understand the promise of renewable energy for the U.S. military, start as far from D.C. as possible -- say, with a company of Marines in Afghanistan.

Cities

And the winner for greenest building is … that old thing?

New awards roll out the “green carpet” for old buildings that have been given eco-tastic upgrades you probably can’t even see.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What can I do with old CD cases?

A reader wonders what to do with all the CD cases he no longer needs. Umbra has the answers.

Food

Soda-ad fight bubbles up on NYC transit

The New York City Beverage Association is buying ads on hundreds of subway cars and buses, hitting back against the city's anti-soda campaign.