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Climate Skeptics

Lord Monckton delights Heartland conference with birther antics

At the Heartland Institute's climate denial conference, special guest Lord Monckton joked about Obama's birth certificate, and the crowd ate it up.

Food

The Domino’s effect: The pizza giant refuses to phase out inhumane pork

A wave of change has hit the meat industry as most of the biggest food brands have pledged to do away with gestation crates for pigs. But Domino's Pizza is holding out -- and gaining applause from Big Ag.

Population

Who’s really hurting Aspen’s environment — jet-setters or immigrant workers?

Aspen's city council blames immigrants for environmental problems -- the same immigrants who do the town's menial labor while the rich fly in on private jets to enjoy their big vacation homes.

Election 2012

Could Romney’s scorn for wind power hurt him in the heartland?

Mitt Romney promises to revoke federal support for the wind industry. That might not go over well in swing states like Iowa, where the booming wind sector has wide, bipartisan support.

Check the math: Study touting ‘safer’ fracking reveals Big Oil’s ties to academia

A report from the University of Buffalo that called fracking "safer" was misleading and riddled with errors. But in failing to disclose the authors' connections to Big Oil, it showed how the fracking industry increasingly circulates misinformation under the guise of scholarship.

Food

Stanford nutrition guru on how to change our food system (without giving up pizza)

Stanford professor Christopher Gardner says all the nutrition studies in the world couldn’t convince Americans to change their diets. He knows what is finally doing the trick, though.

Locavore

Cut above: Cooking with grass-fed beef

A new book by Lynne Curry covers everything from how grass becomes beef to the basics of butchery -- with plenty of recipes along the way.

Oil

Risky business: A look inside the black heart of a Goliath oil company

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll tells us why ExxonMobil pulled its funding from climate denial campaigns -- and why we may never be able to hold the company accountable for the damage it did.

Toward a future that makes sense

What would a future that makes sense look like? What would it mean to do it right, to stay within carbon and other resource limits while enjoying a high quality of life?