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“Follow a Drop of Water” photo contest winners

Taunton River in Bridgewater, Mass.Photo: Corrie Collin Water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, but chances are there’s a body of water close to home that’s also close to your heart — a fjord …

slide to the ride

Why, yes, mass transit stations should always have a slide

I submit that slides automatically up the fun factor of nearly any place in the world. Try to think of a place that is solemn or ordinary. Say, a church or a transit tunnel. But …

Band aid

Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz sing the blues for the big blue

Mos Def and Ben Jaffe wrote it. Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band all joined in to make a song to help the non-profit, Gulf Aid. It’s a song …

Spotlight: David Inouye, ecologist

Evidence of climate change springs ahead with blooming wildflowers

Spring certainly seems to arrive earlier these days than it used to. But is it a sure sign of global warming or just natural variability? After decades of careful research on wildflowers, University of Maryland …

a step in the bike direction

Tricked-out cargo bikes give SUVs a run for their money

It’s been a hard few months for us fossil-fuel-addicted societies: calamity in the Gulf of Mexico; coal mining disasters in China, West Virginia, and Russia; still-frustrated attempts to win climate and clean-energy policies in Salem, …

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Must-sea TV on the oil spill from Comedy Central

Staying up-to-date on the oil spill sucks a little bit less thanks to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (and Grist!). Here are the latest offerings from Day 62 of “The Strife Aquatic.” Worth watching!


Celebrities tackle another tragedy with Larry King’s ‘Disaster in the Gulf’ telethon

When catastrophe strikes — be it asteroids, aliens, or tornadoes — it’s always best to call in the heavyweights. Celebrities, that is. After all, Hollywood deals with epic disasters and explosions every day. After an …

Fuelishly yours

Ask Umbra comes up empty on enviro-friendly gas stations

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, In light of the recent BP oil gush, I have begun to think more critically about where I purchase gasoline. And while I don’t drive all that …

a sorry site

You should totally apologize to BP

There have been a lot of apologies flying around this week. BP CEO Tony Hayward to the U.S. people. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to Hayward and BP. Now it’s Twitter’s (and your) turn to tell …

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