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Mapping the government’s local food work as a way to keep it alive

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is more than just a window into the government's local food work. It's also an effort to ensure that work continues.

Climate Change

How’s the weather, America? We want to hear from you

This summer, we're getting a sneak peek at what the new climate normal could look like. If you have photos of this year's crazy weather, we’d love to see them.


A tragicomic tale of coal industry incompetence and disregard

Watch, as the operators of the Reid Gardner coal plant in Nevada are asked about coal ash and reveal astonishing levels of both insensitivity and incompetence.


Thinking outside the parks: Green space spreads in the Big Apple

When you think of parks in New York City, you probably imagine the big dogs -- Central Park, or Prospect. But the green is seeping through the city, and we’d be wise to take notice.

Sustainable Farming

A dry run from hell: Drought hits the smallest farms the hardest

This drought will give small Midwestern farmers lots of practice coping with climate change -- if it doesn’t bankrupt them first.

Renewable Energy

Why do ‘experts’ always lowball clean-energy projections?

Renewable energy evolves quickly and is hard to quantify, but experts' predictions last decade were way off. It makes you wonder what today's projections will look like in 2020.

Urban Agriculture

Flying the coop: The scrambled world of backyard poultry

Dream of nesting down with a flock of chickens, but too intimidated to try it? Our green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, discovers it’s not as hard as you think.

Urban Agriculture

New San Francisco legislation will jump-start urban farming

On Tuesday, San Francisco passed game-changing legislation that should cement the city’s role as a national leader in urban food production.

Climate & Energy

Power play: Can utilities turn energy efficiency into fun and games?

Utilities are taking a page from Angry Birds and "gamifying" power consumption with a host of software and social tools. Conserving energy now brings high scores and badges -- along with money saved for the …