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Dark Roast

Coffee taste like dirt? That’s because it might be

As climate change makes coffee beans scarcer, some counterfeit producers are already stretching their supplies by adding unsavory fillers.

Business & Technology

This architect builds with beer crates and recycled fabric, but don’t call him green

“I have no interest in ‘Green,’ ‘Eco,’ and ‘Environmentally Friendly,’" says Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Shigeru Ban. "I just hate wasting things.”

Shark Week without sharks is just Week

We kill 100 million sharks a year -- many of them just for their fins. If we keep this up, Shark Week is going to be just a whole lotta blue.


Here’s your chance to chat with Michael Pollan

Join us for a live video interview with bestselling author Michael Pollan on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. ET.

Business & Technology

Bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country

Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL could be even worse than you thought

The pipeline could lead to up to four times as much CO2 pollution as the State Department has estimated, according to a new study.

Climate & Energy

5 things I learned from DOJ’s elder statesman on environmental justice

A chance meeting in a Washington, D.C., bookstore turned into an hours-long conversation. Here are the highlights.

Opening the Gates

Teaching a humongous foundation to listen to small farmers

Sam Dryden led the Gates Foundation's farm program for five years, guided less by his background in Big Ag than his upbringing on a hardscrabble Appalachian farm.

The Life Aquatic

Fabien Cousteau pulls a Spongebob to live at the bottom of the sea for a month

This grandson of Jacques just lived in a James Bond-style undersea capsule, studying the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs.

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