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if i may be so old

This massive retirement home would grow its own food

The proposal for this beautiful building has us drooling over its emphasis on fresh food and community, and it isn't even built yet.

Beleaf it

A million trees grow in Brooklyn

Well, Brooklyn and the other four bouroughs -- thanks to a 10-year campaign to green up the city's parks and streets.

Climate & Energy

Support nonprofit journalism and my beard

I don't do this very often, but I'm going to ask you, my loyal readers, for money.

prince of whales

Whales start pulling their own weight, save us for a change

Tar-sands pipeline construction in Canada was halted over concerns about the habitat of endangered beluga whales.

Flockin' around the Christmas tree

Will fake snow on my Christmas tree land me on the naughty list?

A reader asks about faux snow. Umbra says only the sheep should be flocking.

Food

The last holdout among big palm oil businesses joins no-deforestation pledge

That means 96 percent of global palm oil production is now committed to better practices. Next step: making sure the promises are kept.

Climate & Energy

E.O. Wilson talks science and the meaning of life

E.O. Wilson discusses his new book, religion, and robots.

ant and rave

E.O. Wilson answers your questions about GMOs, ants, the Pope

The noted biologist and public intellectual had some surprising answers to your questions.

Climate & Energy

Prepare to be schooled on climate change, America

A quarter of Americans don't believe in climate change. The White House wants to change that.

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