Living

Politics

After Cesar Chavez: The fight for farmworker rights isn’t over

Chavez helped win farmworkers basic human rights, but they still face unacceptable dangers every day.

Food

This bloody whaling documentary could teach you something about sustainable food

If you eat meat -- even the humanely raised, locally butchered, lullabied-to-sleep-at-night kind -- there will always be blood, and lots of it.

Living

I gave up my iPhone for a week, and my life didn’t end

Did the iPhone cleanse change my life? No. Was it difficult? Not remotely.

Living

What’s the most energy-efficient kind of light?

Candles? Curly-Q bulbs? LEDs? What's an eco-minded reader to do? Umbra's answer is brilliant.

Living

Are we really still flushing condoms down the toilet?

I'm sorry -- we need to talk about this.

Cities

In San Francisco, could hanging your laundry get you evicted?

The owner of a single-room occupancy building in San Francisco's Chinatown takes aim at good old-fashioned clothesline drying.

LIGHTS OUT

Earth Hour: Do almost nothing and feel great about it

Turn your lights off for an hour? Pfft. You can do better -- here's how.

Science

Watch stick figures explain what “probably causes cancer” even means

The active ingredient in Roundup does, but so do French fries, pickled vegetables, and aloe vera. This video from Risk Bites explains how we identify cancer risks.

Science

Climate change is spreading diseases you haven’t even heard of yet

Ebola and West Nile are just the beginning -- climate change will bring brand new diseases to every species.

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