This guy tried to make his street safer, and ended up in jail

Vallejo, Calif.’s Anthony Cardenas is only the latest in a long line of civic hackers who love them some DIY crosswalks. City officials aren't so hot on the idea, however.


Certified bat pick-up artist can’t find lady bats after looking for six whole years

“There have to be females. It’s just that we can’t find them, and it’s very embarrassing.”


Bike-part vending machines can rescue you from an unexpected breakdown

In NYC, a network of bike vending machines will provide round-the-clock access to tubes, patch kits, and other sundry bike necessities.


Your mud-soaked festival tent could become beautiful gift wrap

A brave company called Wrag Wrap is going to raid that pile of broken-down tents and transform the gleanings into reusable gift wrap.


Ask Umbra: Can I pee in my compost pile?

When a reader frets about "going" outdoors, Umbra relieves the anxiety.


Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins

Drawn by a desire to feed the world, build community, and find a meaningful life, more and more women are cultivating careers in farming.

Climate & Energy

Corporate sustainability is not sustainable

Green initiatives are ubiquitous at companies like IBM, Walmart, and Walt Disney. But corporations aren't meaningfully addressing the primary barrier to sustainability, climate change.


Local economies, global responsibility: A vision for the next great American century

If we manage well, we can achieve a higher quality of life both individually and socially.


Plants sweat, and it’s beautiful

Some plants deal with extra moisture using a process that makes them look like they're wearing a jeweled tiara. Nature is so weird and pretty sometimes.