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5 most absurd Super Bowl commercials

These ads tell us What Americans Want Now -- and as we know, our spending habits are the biggest part of our climate impact.

Cities

Tree simple tricks for making our cities cooler

By planting 30,000 trees, Melbourne, Australia, could lower its core temperature by 7 degrees. How cool is that?

Cities

Urban planners may have finally found how to get to Sesame Street

With "equitable development," planners say they've finally figured out how to make sustainable, healthy neighborhoods accessible to everyone.

Climate & Energy

We could have more volcano eruptions thanks to climate change

Climate change is making Iceland taller and more volcanic, a new study finds.

Food

Why free trade and government regulation should be BFFs

Forget about the trade-offs between free commerce and regulation. Poor farmers need government both to help build markets and to trim red tape.

sugar bowl

What’s lighter on the land, sugar beets or sugarcane?

A reader wonders where best to get her sugar fix. Umbra gets granular.

Climate & Energy

Here’s how we’re ruining one of the world’s largest lakes

Global warming and overfishing are killing Lake Victoria, leaving locals to scramble for solutions.

Climate & Energy

Where Americans and scientists disagree, in one chart

Climate change, vaccines, GMOs: Where Americans just don't get science.

Living

Seattle vs. Boston: Which Super Bowl city sucks less?

We pitted Boston and Seattle against each other based on some of our favorite urban metrics -- like transit, oysters, and celebrity activists.