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eaarth to humans

Bill McKibben talks about how to live and organize on a reshaped ‘Eaarth’

Bill McKibben’s new book Eaarth argues that our carbon pollution has already reshaped the planet enough that it deserves a new name. McKibben has been thinking hard about climate change for longer than almost anybody …

10 underestimated spring fruits and vegetables to sink your teeth in now

Fiddleheads: Underrated and deliciousPhoto courtesy Glenn Fleishman via FlickrAhh, spring. After months of eating from your stores of winter vegetables, canned relishes, and frozen fruit, nothing tastes as good as the bounty of a spring …

Trust busters

Voters want less government, but more from the FDA

I’m tired of the government interfering in my life. I want less government. I want smaller government. Oh yeah, and I’d like someone to oversee the use of words like “natural” on processed food labels …

So long and thanks for all the fish

Gulf of Mexico: from magnificent resource to industrial sacrifice zone

Fire and a vast oil spill, on top of one of the globe’s most productive fisheries. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard The Gulf of Mexico is a magnificent resource: a kind of natural engine for the …

A biofool and your money are soon united

With subsidies in the balance, Obama speaks up for ethanol

Lest we forget, he was once a corn-belt senator. While the BBC explores the dark underbelly of the biofuel craze, President Obama affirms his support for crop-based fuels. From The Hill: President Barack Obama on …

Stick a fork in it

Ask Umbra dishes with Anna Lappé

Photo by KalaLeaThe next time you bite into a burger, consider this: Livestock create more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and other fossil-fueled modes of transportation in the world. In fact, …

Who moved my cheesecake?

IHOP stacks up to Double Down competition

Courtesy of IHOPMan, I sure could use a cheesecake sandwich right about now. But instead of bread on either side of the cheesecake, I want pancakes. And then I want to top it with strawberry …

Biofooled again

BBC on the impact of biofuels on Paraguay’s ecology and farmers

A soy plantation in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. Nilton Ricardo, BrazilPhotosEveryone should listen to this BBC report (unfortunately not embedabble) on the “price of biofuels.” It digs into a key question: what does Europe’s appetite …

Grapes of Wrath

What climate change means for the wine industry

John Williams has been making wine in California’s Napa Valley for nearly 30 years, and he farms so ecologically that his peers call him Mr. Green. But if you ask him how climate change will …