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Climate & Energy

Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si” encyclical expresses moral obligation to fight climate change

The letter says in strong words that human activity and production of greenhouse gases are to blame.

Greens and brews

Should I be drinking local or sustainable beer?

Which to buy -- beer that's made close by or suds brewed with green energy but then shipped cross-country? Umbra cuts through the foam.

Business & Technology

Could a California labor ruling drive Uber under?

A labor commission rules that Uber drivers should be treated as employees -- and casts a big question-mark over the entire "Uber-for-this-and-that" market.

Climate & Energy

Mark Ruffalo talks climate change and what you can do about it

"We don’t need a superhero, but maybe we do need more people to get angry and turn that into action."


Jeb Bush joins Santorum in hating on Pope Francis’ climate encyclical

Republicans, the fossil fuel industry, and the Heartland Institute are working to discredit the pope's encyclical -- even before its release.


Go ahead and eat your Nutella — it’s the ramen that’s bad on palm oil

It's hard to keep track of the heroes and villains in the fight to save rainforests. A ranking of companies that use palm oil offers some guidance.

let them google that for you

Look at this trippy map of all your climate-related Google searches

The visualization shows how our everyday climate questions differ around the world.


Tell women about birth control that works — and they’ll choose birth control that works

We bring this to you straight from the "no shit" department.

Panel Power

China built a giant solar field in a desert

From space, China's massive new solar farm is an impressive sight.