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The most brutal ad you’ll see this election

Remember when Mitt Romney mocked efforts to "slow the rise of the oceans"? That joke's not so funny this week, as a hard-hitting new ad points out.


NYC’s urban farms face a climate reality check

For New York's urban farms, Hurricane Sandy was more than a discouraging blow -- it was a reason to reevaluate what it means to grow food in a city limited by the realities of climate …


Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.


Umbra’s second helpings: DIY shampoo [VIDEO]

Grist's green advice columnist whips up some recipes for shampoo and conditioner that work just as well as the store-bought stuff -- and double as salad dressing in a pinch.


Factory farms raise a stink — and they might raise your blood pressure too

A recent study found that people living near CAFOs experience stress-related blood pressure spikes when farm odors are at their worst.

Climate & Energy

Craig Childs: The man who’s been to the end of the world

This writer and adventurer traveled to the far corners of the globe in search of scenes of collapse and destruction. He came back weirdly heartened.


With climate endorsement, Bloomberg draws a line in the Sandy

The New York mayor's endorsement was less a push for Obama's electoral victory than a shove to get climate back on the national agenda.

Climate & Energy

Big Coal in big trouble as coal production costs rise

What's driving the decline of the U.S. coal industry? It's not just EPA regs and cheap natural gas. Coal is getting more expensive to produce.


Yard times: Denver’s super-local veggie box

In Denver, a network of 12 yards creates enough food to feed 58 members of this urban community-supported agriculture project.