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Living

Ask Umbra: What will it take to change the world?

A reader asks if saving the planet is better done from the top down or the bottom up. Umbra responds with a Four-Point Guide to Combating Either-Or Thinking.

Climate & Energy

Be considerate of future generations — and future species, too

In all likelihood, the impacts of climate change will outlast us, as a species. So what, if anything, do we owe our distant, post-human descendants?

Living

Grist’s ‘Shift the Gift’ campaign hits national TV — again

Earlier this month, Grist set out to rewrite the rules of the holidays. The idea seems to be catching.

Cities

Ignore the Midwest at your own risk, says a Kansas sustainability director

Kansas may be the testing grounds for a Tea Party America, but we need the Midwest if we're going to get anything done, argues the sustainability coordinator of Lawrence, Kan.

Living

Meet ‘the Minimalists’ — two guys who had it all, and gave it up

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus spent years amassing the trappings of a “successful” life. Then they decided success wasn’t all it was chalked up to be.

Cities

Traffic deaths are down, but pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up

Deaths involving motor vehicles fell 1.9 percent in 2011, the lowest level since 1949. The bad news is that drivers are killing the rest of us.

Climate & Energy

Crunching the numbers: Will you see a white Christmas?

No! At least, probably not. And it depends on what you mean by "white Christmas."

Living

Reclaim NYC makes really cool furniture from Sandy debris

Hurricane Sandy was devastating. But a group of local artists have made some really nice, usable items from the debris it left behind.

Climate & Energy

More hot days may mean more blind babies

Research suggests that congenital cataracts are 51 percent more likely if a baby gestates during extreme heat.