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Climate & Energy

This comic strip explains why we could see more disasters like Toledo’s toxic algae bloom

Farming practices and climate change are creating a "perfect storm."

Climate & Energy

We’ve dug so many tunnels, future historians will think we were mole people

Tunnels, mines, and boreholes will permanently scar the Earth -- and could be a marker of the Anthropocene.

Help us Obi Wan

Will people care about climate change if it happened long ago in a galaxy far, far away?

Climate change? BORING, says this scientist. That can be solved, however, with a little help from Star Wars.

Climate & Energy

Conservationists need to get out of the woods — and get serious about diversity

A new report finds that environmental groups, foundations, and government agencies have made little progress over the decades to include people of color, poor people, and others outside of the white middle class.

Climate & Energy

President Obama is beginning to make climate-hawk noises

In a new interview with The Economist, the president sounds more engaged with the climate issue -- and more dismissive of denialism -- than we've come to expect.

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Living

Why R.E.M. made the most politically important album of all time

I thought that I heard you laughing, but here's why you should take that bold claim seriously.

Living

Ask Umbra: Will Teflon pans poison my food?

To stick or non to stick. That is the question. Umbra says 'tis nobler to stick.

Cities

Can the Motor City sell America on the Model T of bicycles?

Detroit Bikes aims to mass-produce simple, light, relatively affordable commuter bicycles -- but you'd better be happy with black.

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