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John Oliver’s takedown of the sugar industry is pretty sweet

The Last Week Tonight host slams Big Sugar just in time for Halloween.

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Is it better to crank up the thermostat or buy a space heater?

A reader wants to stay warm without wasting energy. Umbra turns up the heat.

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11 scary movies that are secretly about the environment

We are seriously ready to get our spook on, so here are some scary movies you probably didn't realize are actually about the environment.

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In Yolo County, YOLO apparently means stealing hives of angry bees

This buzzworthy new trend in food crime is taking hold in California.

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Scientists can now see fracker’s “fingerprints” all over polluted water

Scientists think they have a new tool to prove once and for all whether fracking is responsible for contaminating our water.

Overprotective Dads

Yes, this father and daughter started a condom company

When it comes to the sustainability of a condom, who's buying it might matter more than how it's made.

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This is what happens when you crowdfund an awesome marine park

Is this marine protected area the Potato Salad of crowdfunded conservation or the future of national parks?

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What’s better, synthetic or standard motor oil?

A reader wonders which lube he should use in his new car. Umbra has answers in a jiffy.

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Teen killed in New Orleans believed in the power of food justice and gardens

George Carter, 15, helped transform the New Orleans school lunch culture into a healthier environment before he was murdered.

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