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Climate & Energy

Sorry, California — winter isn’t going to fix your drought

California's drought is not expected to improve over the winter, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A RAILROAD GROWS IN QUEENS

An old railroad in Queens could become the coolest park in NYC

The only thing holding up the project: that little matter of the price tag.

Climate & Energy

Watch Neil Young and Stephen Colbert battle over the Earth — through song

The earth-loving rock legend performs his single about saving the environment with Stephen Colbert, who adds a few new lyrics.

Living

Which water cooler is coolest?

A reader wonders which is more energy efficient, bottle-fed water coolers or the newfangled point-of-use kind. Umbra distills the answers.

Living

Let’s make safe sex second nature

Why, in one of the wealthiest countries in the entire world, is the unintended pregnancy rate so high? Where are we screwing up?

Turnip for what?!

The American diet, in 3 charts (plus Michelle Obama dancing)

In the U.S., we are eating twice as much sugar and fat, and half as many fruits and vegetables as recommended. Sounds like it's time to turnip.

Cities

Why more roads = more traffic jams

Think a new carpool lane will relieve gridlock on L.A.'s infamous 405? Think again.

Cities

Why Minneapolis’ beautiful bike freeways are totally the best

In the Twin Cities, old rail lines have become a sensible and delightful freeway system — just for cyclists.

bowl movement

Drop a brick, feel better about the California drought

A witty crowdfunding campaign is hawking water-saving toilet "bricks" for Californians.

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