Flower power

Love fresh cut flowers? Here’s how to find greener ones

Bouquets don't have to be an environmental scourge. Advice columnist Umbra Fisk tells you how to track down better blooms.

Wet Christmas

The North Pole is 50 degrees warmer than usual and, um, a little damp.

Santa is in for a warm Christmas -- which is fine, because Santa is a construct.

As the Uber turns

Uber’s self-driving cars threaten to squish bike riders.

The company's autonomous vehicles have a problem with making dangerous right-hook turns across bike lanes. So do humans.

The poverty solution: Put people first

How a growing timber business revived a forest

A tiny town in Ecuador was in rough shape until residents and environmentalists came up with a successful business plan.

big game

$1 million will buy you a hunting trip with the Trumps.

The Trumps are holding a very casual, very affordable event to benefit "conservation charities."

water wars

There are over 3,000 U.S. communities with lead levels twice as high as in Flint.

Lead poisoning isn't a Flint problem -- it's an American problem.

Toy division

Your guide to buying nontoxic, kid-friendly toys

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk offers six tips for avoiding the worst playthings and finding the best.

guest post

Cities can pick up nations’ slack on combating climate change

A coalition of mayors hopes to keep warming below 1.5 degrees C.

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