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Life recycle: How e-waste recycling gives your gadgets a fresh start

A growing number of states are requiring proper disposal of electronics. Here's what you need to know about the e-waste recycling process.

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Land grabbing hurts the world’s poor more than climate change, Fred Pearce argues

In his new book "The Land Grabbers," Fred Pearce investigates the Gulf sheiks, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street speculators, and Russian oligarchs who are buying up tracts all around the world.

Green Home

This guy’s apartment is the size of a closet

Check out a 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment -- just enough space to park a Mini Cooper, or to live a happy urban existence.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is it ‘cheating’ to ride an electric bike?

A reader thinks a motorized bicycle would make riding easier, but it feels like cheating. Umbra makes the call.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Proper glory for Old Glory

Can you forsake lighting up the American flag at night for the sake of the environment? Umbra runs it up the flagpole.

Living

Oh for chrissakes, will.i.am, you did not seriously just take a helicopter to a climate change meeting

It’s great when celebrities get the green bug and decide they want to use their fame to tell people “hey, this climate change thing? It’s a problem.” But guys, GUYS, as much as we appreciate the support, we’re REALLY going …

Green Home

Flame retardants could affect our bodies for generations

Flame-retardant chemicals are building up in our bodies, with unknown effects. To add insult to injury, they don't actually retard flames.

Population

Who’s really hurting Aspen’s environment — jet-setters or immigrant workers?

Aspen's city council blames immigrants for environmental problems -- the same immigrants who do the town's menial labor while the rich fly in on private jets to enjoy their big vacation homes.

Green Home

Wooden light bulb is the most magical-looking LED bulb we’ve seen

There are all kinds of futuristic-looking energy-efficient light bulbs on the market — not just the traditional piggy-tail model, but liquid-cooled bulbs that look like glass jellyfish, and bulbs with gills like a mushroom or fins like a Cadillac. But …