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Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Proper glory for Old Glory

Can you forsake lighting up the American flag at night for the sake of the environment? Umbra runs it up the flagpole.

Urban Agriculture

New Agtivist: Meg Paska runs Brooklyn’s first urban farm pop-up

This urban homesteader started a seasonal shop where farmers in the city can buy supplies at a decent price, take classes, and ask for advice.

Climate Skeptics

The self-inflicted downfall of the Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute lost a huge chunk of funding and canceled its climate denial conference, thanks to backlash after an offensive billboard campaign and other revelations of the group's extreme views.

Renewable Energy

The promise and peril of a military shift to biofuels

The U.S. military's most audacious green initiative is trying to find biofuels to power its fleets. The effort could transform markets ... but it also poses big risks.

Biking

Congress raises a middle finger to young bicyclists

The federal Safe Routes to School program is making it less dangerous for kids to bike and walk in their communities. So why is Congress trying to slash its funding?

Food

Americans want more fruits and veggies for everyone

A new survey from the Kellogg Foundation says Americans are eating more fresh food and want public institutions to make fruits and vegetables more widely accessible.

Green Home

Flame retardants could affect our bodies for generations

Flame-retardant chemicals are building up in our bodies, with unknown effects. To add insult to injury, they don't actually retard flames.

Coal

The carbon consequences of Northwest coal exports

There are six proposals to export coal from Northwest ports. When burned, that coal will create a disaster for the climate far worse than Keystone XL.

Politics

Republicans try to force the military to use dirty energy it doesn’t want

The GOP wants to block the military's use of cleaner fuels and push use of dirtier fuels. "Supporting the troops" apparently ends where Big Oil contributions begin.