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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.

Climate & Energy

Is the world’s ‘cleanest coal-fueled power plant’ a climate bait-and-switch?

The Texas facility will crank out electricity with a fraction of the greenhouse gases, while using -- and producing -- gobs of dirty oil.


Hurricane hunger: What happens when a city’s food network breaks down

With long lines and empty shelves, Hurricane Sandy has revealed the fragile web of food distribution that many New Yorkers take for granted.

Climate & Energy

Breezy Point, Queens, reels from hurricane-caused inferno [VIDEO]

The quaint seaside hamlet became a scene of devastation after gale-force winds abetted a fire that ultimately leveled over 100 homes.