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Green Home

The rain-barrel connection: Building a better flusher

A writer dreams of someday flushing his toilet with rainwater. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not. His tale of “the regulations, the dreamers, and me.”

Coal

New climate strategy: Buy the damn coal and keep it in the ground

A new paper proposes that we buy up coal deposits in countries around the world to keep them from being exploited. It's fascinating strategy, but could it work?

Locavore

The perfect meal for early spring [Recipes]

With fava beans and chard, this pair of recipes from the new book Ripe offer the perfect combination of refreshment and comfort.

Food

Voracious readers: The first Food Book Fair will offer a little taste of everything

Are you a fan of books and food? You may want to make a sojourn to this event.

Cities

The ‘war on suburbia’ is a hoax

Saying that we’ve declared war on the suburbs is like a spoiled frat boy whining that his parents have declared war on his trust fund because they’ve cut him back to just one kegger and a pound of weed each week.

Fossil Fuels

Fossil-fuel subsidies are the real job killers

Big Oil accuses environmentalists of killing jobs, but behind the scenes the oil industry is laying off thousands of workers and undermining our entire economy.

Urban Agriculture

Peebottle Farms: The dirt on the dirt

After putting off soil testing for two years, will our fearless urban farmer find her backyard garden full of arsenic and lead?

Coal

The only good coal is coal left in the ground

Is it important for U.S activists to fight coal exports? Damn straight it is.

Climate Change

Public understanding of climate change: Getting warmer

Public belief in human-caused climate change has climbed steadily since its low point in 2010. Could the crazy weather have anything to do with it?