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Climate & Energy

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity

Even the stodgy International Energy Agency is scrambling to keep up with the good news on solar panels.

Climate & Energy

Naomi Klein on how fossil fuels threaten our ability to have healthy children

Why oil spills, fracking, and climate change pose a special danger to the youngest members of all species.


Belgian brewery plans beer pipeline. Residents pray for spill.

The two-mile pipeline, connecting the De Halve Maan Brewery to its bottling plant, would cut truck traffic on the streets of Bruges by 85 percent.


Why Utah is doing honey right

How three young brothers from the Cache Valley are building a better food system.

Climate & Energy

In the protest-icon game, polar bear beats carbon bubble

At Flood Wall Street, where parade floats doubled as works of art and costumes irked the cops, we saw the power of protest imagery -- and its limitations.


The chemicals in my couch are disrupting my WHAT?

A reader discovers fire retardants in her upholstery. Umbra tries to cushion the blow.


If Berkeley can’t pass a soda tax, who can?

Taxing soda won't single-handedly end obesity, but it's still a step worth supporting.


What to do with an overload of eggplant

Learn the best ways to store, prep, and cook this late-summer vegetable, then dig into a classic eggplant parmesan.

Art Objects

These artists turn ocean trash into really classy art

These four artists bedazzle an especially ugly ocean problem: thousands and thousands of square miles of discarded floating plastic.