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Obama and Romney spar over energy in second debate, ignore climate yet again

Energy issues were front and center at Tuesday night's presidential debate -- but that wasn't good news for climate hawks.

Climate & Energy

Is David Axelrod responsible for climate change inaction?

With polls showing more voters concerned about climate change, why are politicians ignoring the issue on the campaign trail? It could come down to bad advice from one person.

David Quammen says we better brace for the next Big One

The veteran science writer isn't worried about earthquakes -- he's talking about diseases that come from wild animals as we tear into the Earth's last wild places.


Miracle fish: Is the search for the perfect farmed seafood really over?

As an herbivorous fish that makes its own omega-3 fatty acids, the barramundi is a promising farmed choice. But even this relatively green species doesn't solve all aquaculture's problems.


San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn

Artist Michael Swaine fixes clothes for free on San Francisco streets. But he envisions going beyond fighting throwaway culture to start helping others build community.


Super size, super waste: What whopping portions do to the planet

Did you know that the surface area of the average dinner plate expanded by 36 percent between 1960 and 2007? Here's how growing portion sizes are contributing to our national food waste problem.

Climate & Energy

What would it mean to treat climate change like a security threat?

In the realm of national security, we accept the need to make decisions in the face of clashing worldviews and incomplete information. David Roberts wonders what climate hawks can learn from security hawks.


Lunchroom justice: Students push for cafeteria workers’ rights

As the good food movement takes root on college campuses, some students are asking: Where do the people who make our food fit in to the picture?


Ask Umbra: What’s in a label?

Who decides what's "natural" and what's "eco-friendly"? Umbra peels back the latest on the labeling debate.