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Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch

A new proposal would upgrade an outdated furniture flammability standard, replacing nasty fire retardants with healthy, eco-friendly products. Bonus: They’re actually better at preventing fires.

Cities

Wooden skyscrapers are like log cabins on steroids

When most folks think “wooden building,” they conjure up images of rustic log cabins or ye olde fashioned outhouses. Architect Michael Green wants to whittle something decidedly more modern out of wood: skyscrapers.

Living

James Cameron descends the Mariana Trench

James Cameron is apparently missing his Titanic fame, and he’s willing to go pretty far to recapture it — like nearly seven miles straight down to the bottom of the ocean. (Hey, it worked for …

Food

McDonald’s ditches Styrofoam … maybe

McDonald’s may be getting a little less evil … maybe … I guess … if consumers really, really want it to. The fast food behemoth recently announced plans to swap out Styrofoam cups for paper …

Animals

Global warming affects penguins’ sex lives

Nobody likes to be rushed during sex, but climate change is forcing some penguin species to reschedule business time. Wednesday night is no longer the night for love! Now you do it on Monday OR …

Green Living Tips

Good housekeeping: Spring cleaning the DIY way

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets aside her store-bought cleansers and cleans the house with all manner of oddities, including a raw lemon and tea tree oil. Surprise! This stuff actually works.

Living

A science experiment run by gnomes

A company that makes scales for scientific use has demonstrated slight variations in Earth’s gravitational pull at the surface, in what may the first science experiment to use garden gnomes as instrumentation.

Living

Behold H&M’s new green collection

H&M’s business model — selling cheap clothes that either disintegrate or fall out of fashion quickly — doesn’t exactly fit into the “buy less stuff” model of sustainability. But they’re still trying to sell eco-consciousness, …

Food

Pig ears and donkey butts: 5 foods that could save the world

The host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods wants you to eat some pretty strange dishes in the name of saving the environment.