Southern sustainability: Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

The manager of Asheville, N.C.’s sustainability office talks about her Twitter profile, making sustainability pay, and how her city is blowing Portland out of the water.


New York City sees spike in traffic deaths, harbor poop

The mayor's annual survey of statistics in the New York City has some good pieces of news -- and two particularly bad ones.


Can you survive the backroads — and backcountry — without processed foods?

On a mission to eat only real foods, our fearless green-living pioneer braves convenience stores and mountain picnic spots -- and lives to tell the tale.


The coming plague: How humans are changing the landscape of disease

Disease ecologist James Holland Jones talks about the Black Death, “suspended snot,” and the power of what Obi-Wan Kenobi once called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy" in spreading global pandemics.


Omaha teenager starts a program to donate ungrateful kids’ fruit to the hungry

Schoolkids are now required to take a fruit or vegetable at lunch, but they're not required to eat it. This teen made her classmates donate that food instead of tossing it.

Climate & Energy

New York postpones fracking decision to gather information on health impacts

The state will review potential health effects of fracking before deciding whether to lift a moratorium.


Saved by the bell: How recess makes kids healthy, smart, and well-adjusted

Spurred by studies that show that kids need physical activity not just for their health, but also for social and academic development, schools are reinstating an old standard.


We’ve got our red cup out, and we’re rattling it

There are only two days left to fund our Kickstarter project -- the documentary biography of an American icon. Help us out!


Revolution will be televised: On TV dramas and our end-of-the-world fetish

If only climate collapse led to perfect hair: The new NBC drama "Revolution" plays to all of our fantasies of a simple life, where what we do actually matters, and we look fabulous without even trying.