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If a tree falls in the city, does it do anyone any good?

Many, if not most, trees planted in cities are dead within five years. A new generation of urban tree stewards is helping to keep them alive long after the planting has past.

Climate & Energy

Three questions about energy for Maggie Koerth-Baker

The author of the refreshingly pragmatic "Before the Lights Go Out" talks about finding common ground with climate deniers, the value of individual action in fixing a broken energy system, and the price of gas.

Climate & Energy

Only system-wide change can cure our climate hangover

"You could beat your own lifestyle into submission with a 10-foot club -- you could do more to save the planet than almost anyone is willing to voluntarily do -- and it still wouldn’t be …

Climate Change

More power for women means less climate pollution, study suggests

Here's another indication that women are greener than men: In nations where women’s status is higher, CO2 emissions are lower, according to a new study.


Labor of love: Domestic fair trade grows

Just like Fair Trade for international farms, the Food Justice Certified label is rewarding farms with fair labor practices inside the U.S.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: When should an old refrigerator be replaced?

A reader is finding it hard to part with an aging fridge. Umbra says it’s time to give the appliance the cold shoulder.

Sustainable Farming

Green goo: Sustainable meat producers market their own ‘pink slime’

Food advocates have pushed back hard against the ammonia-doused fatty beef trimmings used by Big Ag as filler in meat products. But some local food producers are fighting fire with fire -- by making their …

‘We lost’: Eco-warriors, green stars throw in towel

Gore, McKibben, Ruffalo, and other movement leaders abandon the field. Looks like we're on our own, people.

Green Home

FDA on BPA: We need more time to think

In their belated response to a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration says it refuses to ban the chemical.