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Climate & Energy

Fires, droughts put focus on climate — but will we seize the moment?

Information won't lead to action without proactive planning -- the kind that requires cooperation between government, business, and other groups with a commitment to change.


Mom knows best: How food justice starts at home

Who says the food movement is led by the elite? One activist reflects on her immigrant mother's quiet determination to feed her family well in trying circumstances, and shares what we can all learn from …

Climate & Energy

DJ Spooky wants to remix the climate fight

Driven by a desire to see climate change firsthand, this hip hop artist took off for Antarctica with cameras and microphones. He hopes the audiovisual results will move your body and your mind.

Climate & Energy

RIP, Barry Commoner: A scientist who wasn’t afraid to make some noise

This pioneering ecologist argued that protecting the environment was inseparable from social issues such as civil, women's, and consumer rights.

Climate & Energy

Matt Damon brings the fracking fight to the big screen

In the fracking-centric "Promised Land," Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and Gus Van Sant aim to deliver a star-studded, Oscar-baiting environmental drama -- and they'll do it without a single penguin or Powerpoint.

Climate & Energy

Three climate and energy debate questions for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Given how relevant our energy future and response to climate change are to the economy, here are some questions we'd love to hear asked in Wednesday's domestic-policy debate.


Drama for your farmer: A play captures the demise of the small farm

With their play "Farmscape," an Iowa professor and her students have brought agribusiness, GMOs, consolidation, and other core tensions of the Midwest farming world to life.


Ask Umbra: Does microwaving vegetables zap their nutritional value?

A reader asks if it’s bad to microwave your food. Umbra cooks up an answer that’s healthy -- and tasty too.


Weed dating: Young farmers go looking for romance [VIDEO]

Meeting people is hard when you work on a farm. That's where this form of "speed dating" enters the picture.