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Behind the scenes at a big mountaintop-mining protest: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Over the weekend, protesters shut down part of a huge mountaintop-removal coal mining operation in West Virginia. One of the activists spills the dirt about police intimidation, abuse from local miners, and snubs from fellow …

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Senators fiddle while nation burns

After three years of silence, the Senate finally held a hearing about the climate. Watch the video highlights and weep.


New Olympic sport: The speed shower

Let’s face it. You waste water when you wash. But Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has a whole bathtub full of solutions -- and she’s challenging you to a shower-off.


Along the L.A. River, new signs of life in an industrial wasteland

While city leaders labor to rebuild riverside green space, Mama Nature is making inroads of her own. These scrappy wetlands offer a hint of what is to come in a city that’s going green.


Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. …


GMO potatoes: Is the biodiversity shortcut worth it?

The Irish potato famine should have taught the food and farming world that crop diversity is crucial. But the genetically engineered potato on trial in Ireland suggests that we haven't actually learned much.

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The secrets drillers can hide about the fracking in your backyard

The majority of states where fracking occurs have no disclosure laws at all, and those that do exist are pretty pitiful. Check out these maps to see how your state measures up.


No more trowels, no more roots: What happens to school gardens in summer?

School gardens are sprouting across the country. But what to do with them over summer vacation is still an open question.

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Talking climate change with the old-timers on the back roads of New England

The Slow Ride Stories gang talks about hot times with a roadside hot dog vendor, then teaches us a thing or two about the hot rod they're traveling on -- a classic Royal Enfield motorcycle.