On the rails again

We need trains to 'win the future' — so get over that deficit hysteria

High-speed rail does not materialize with the snap of a finger or the uttering of inspiring words in a State of the Union speech. It costs public money.


The Oscar-nominated green documentary short you have to watch

Watch the Oscar-nominated short film about a Chinese village that conquered a chemical company. Trickery! People overcoming adversity! Cute swans!


Flava Flav opens fried chicken chain, threatens the Colonel

Look out, KFC: Flav's Fried Chicken is coming! Flava Flav just opened his first fried chicken joint in Iowa, vowing to come by and work the fryer.

Army of Me

Rock stars, lesbians, and probably some Icelandic elves team up for geothermal power

Two rules for industry in Iceland: Don't piss off the elves, and do NOT mess with Bjork. She is the Hugo Chavez of Iceland's geothermal power.

not a real green dress, that's cruel

Is that a solar panel in your pocket? Because I'm getting energized by your pants

Eco-fashion designers are starting to think beyond organic, Fair Trade, and sweatshop-free: Instead of just not harming the world, clothes now need to save it. Here are some duds that do double duty, not only …


How green are the Oscar nominees?

We take a look at the nominees for this year's Academy Awards: Who's the greenest of them all?

renaissance van

Van Jones on the economic injustice of plastic [VIDEO]

Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice in this TED talk.

on the make

MAKE magazine provides a glimpse of the open-source, upcycled, electric future

MAKE magazine has handed out awards in its Tag Your Green contest for imaginative DIY environmental solutions. Here's what happens when mad scientists go green.

this is why you're sad

Six ways to cheer yourself up on the most depressing day of the year

Today is mathematically determined to be the most depressing day of the year. Is there anything you do about this that's greener than flying to Cancun but healthier than gin binges?