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?

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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.

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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.

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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?


'Portlandia' recap: Farming is magic!

Did you tune in for the first tasty squeeze from the laughter-lemon that is Portlandia? No, you have a life? Read the recap.

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Ask Umbra on the disappearance of OB tampons and more sustainable alternatives

Some are calling it a Tampocalypse. But sometimes disappearing OB tampons happen for a reason. This could be your chance to switch to a greener option


How much better is Canada?

Site fuels the which-country-is-better debate by comparing stats like electricity use and oil consumption. Warning: It's addictive.


Parsing the new 'humane' food labels

What do the new "humane" labels really mean for things like pork and eggs? Depends on who's backing them.

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Making cheese from Icelandic sheep [VIDEO]

At Star Thrower Farm, Deborah and Scott Pikovsky raise these cold-hardy animals for their milk, meat, and wool -- and they do it outside, on pasture, all year long.