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Coal

Fighting coal export terminals: It matters

The fate of the U.S. coal industry hinges on its ability to increase exports to China and India. If activists can quash coal export terminals, they can hobble the coal industry.

Living

Generation Anthropocene: Students grapple with our global impact

Scientists say humans have become a geologic force on a massive scale, like an asteroid strike or an ice age. What do we do now?

Industrial Agriculture

New child farm labor regulations dead — thanks to Sarah Palin’s expertise?

Last week, everyone's favorite pundit spoke out against updates in farm regulations that might have kept the youngest farmworkers from the most dangerous work. And it looks like it worked.

Fossil Fuels

Apple’s dirty energy supplier: ‘Nothing to see here’

Duke Energy, which supplies power to an Apple data center in North Carolina, pulled a paper from its website that bragged about Apple’s energy-guzzling ways.

Politics

Turn up the heat: Environmentalists should join Occupy on May Day

The Occupy movement is widely credited as having “changed the conversation” in American life, but we’re still not talking about the elephant in the room: climate change. Now is our chance to change that.

Locavore

Farm-connected CSAs should offer more than just ‘veggie subscriptions’

Produce subscription services popping up all over the country lately make it easier to eat local foods than ever. But one farmer asks: Have we lost the real meaning of community-supported agriculture along the way?

Coal

U.S. coal is on the decline, and utility execs know it

Every week brings a new story about coal's decline in America. Here are two from last week.

Urban Agriculture

San Francisco’s urban ag-spansion

San Francisco -- a city that has long had more aspiring gardeners than land -- now has a plan in place to build new gardens and make signing up for a community plot less of a losing proposition.

Transportation

A low-cost way to improve public transit: Add joy

Can transit incorporate art? Yes! How about playground equipment? You bet. Even … sex? Oh yeah, baby.