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Smoke it if you’ve got it: DIY meat for locavores

Smoking your own meat is easier than it sounds -- even if don't own any of the fancy gear. Try this DIY technique.


Tiny corn could be the next big thing

New science suggests that smaller crops might produce the same amount of food with much fewer resources.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Untangling the garden hose problem

A reader wonders how to find a hose that's not made of PVC plastics. Umbra's not going to water down this answer.


Off our chests: What breasts tell us about the state of our world

Breasts are amazing things, says Florence Williams, author of the new book "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History" -- but maybe not for the reasons you think they are.


New York’s roofscape gets climate makeover [VIDEOS]

Witness the evolution of New York City’s billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.

Climate & Energy

We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds

"State shift" doesn't mean moving to Arkansas. It's the alarming phrase a new study uses to describe what goes down when we push the planet past its limits. And it's just around the corner.

Industrial Agriculture

Feds to farmers: Grow GMO beets or face sugar shortage

The good news: The USDA finally released an environmental impact review of genetically engineered sugar beets. The bad: Monsanto has already crowded out other seed makers.


500 million reasons to rethink the parking lot

All the world is a parking lot -- or a heck of a lot of it is, anyway. But according to professor Eran Ben-Joseph, these places don’t have to be wastelands.

Business & Technology

Coal down, cleantech up in electric utility survey

U.S. utilities are shifting away from coal and toward sustainability initiatives, electric vehicles, and clean technology, an annual survey of the industry found.