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Climate & Energy

A tropical disease takes hold in a warming Alaska

Scientists found that 7.2 percent of Alaskan birds they tested were infected with avian malaria.

Living

San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn

Artist Michael Swaine fixes clothes for free on San Francisco streets. But he envisions going beyond fighting throwaway culture to start helping others build community.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s in a label?

Who decides what's "natural" and what's "eco-friendly"? Umbra peels back the latest on the labeling debate.

Cities

Sustainability doesn’t happen overnight, says Santa Monica’s Shannon Parry

Santa Monica couldn't have gotten so green without an engaged community, says its assistant director of sustainability. Solar-powered ferris wheels don't hurt, either.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Eco-themed Halloween costumes

Is it possible to have an enviro-themed costume that's not totally lame? Umbra scares up some suggestions.

Business & Technology

Nigerians take their case against Shell Oil to a Dutch court

Four men from small villages in the Niger Delta hope to hold Shell accountable for a series of pipeline leaks.

Living

Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Politics

CEO of Lockheed Martin clear-cuts protected trees, pays staggering $1,000 fine

We're sure he's learned his lesson.

Climate & Energy

Bill McKibben nails it on Bill Maher show — plus Tuesday-afternoon quarterbacking

Bill McKibben did a bang-up job of talking about climate change on "Real Time with Bill Maher" -- and it got David Roberts thinking about effective climate communication.