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Climate Change

Journalists and climate disclaimers

When journalists cover extreme weather and climate change, they often include disclaimers about how no one event can be definitively blamed on climate change. Stop it, already.

Climate Change

Top U.S. science official: ‘Climate change is having consequences in real time’

Jane Lubchenco, head of NOAA, said Americans are connecting the dots between climate change and recent severe weather. When will political leaders make the issue a priority?

Industrial Agriculture

Sudden desert: Midwest drought is bad news for farmers and eaters

The "most productive corn crop in years" is drying up and shrinking fast. Is our dependence on monocrops heightening the impact of this year's drought?

Climate & Energy

We’re fighting the wrong fights over energy subsidies

Clean energy subsidies are really very small in the grand scheme of things, says Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Consider that we're spending $83 billion a year just to patrol the Straits of …

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Making a stink about infrequent showering

A reader wonders if she should make her young sons bathe more frequently. Umbra comes clean.


How environmentalists win

Bashing corporations isn't getting us anywhere. Major environmental reforms won't be achieved without corporate support.

Farm Bill

Stamp of disapproval: House farm bill to gut nutrition program

In its new draft of the farm bill, the House of Representatives is pushing for $16.5 billion in food stamp cuts.

Climate & Energy

Win-win: Ancient fungus that ended coal formation could boost biofuel production

Genomics researchers have stumbled upon an incredible discovery: The same ancestral fungus that ended coal formation millennia ago may now be able to boost bioenergy production.


Let them eat kale: In Harlem, a farm share for the people

In order to get more healthy food to residents of Harlem and the Bronx, Corbin Hill Farm tweaks the community-supported agriculture model to work better for low-income people.