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Cities

Sustainability doesn’t happen overnight, says Santa Monica’s Shannon Parry

Santa Monica couldn't have gotten so green without an engaged community, says its assistant director of sustainability. Solar-powered ferris wheels don't hurt, either.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Eco-themed Halloween costumes

Is it possible to have an enviro-themed costume that's not totally lame? Umbra scares up some suggestions.

Business & Technology

Nigerians take their case against Shell Oil to a Dutch court

Four men from small villages in the Niger Delta hope to hold Shell accountable for a series of pipeline leaks.

Living

Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Politics

CEO of Lockheed Martin clear-cuts protected trees, pays staggering $1,000 fine

We're sure he's learned his lesson.

Climate & Energy

Bill McKibben nails it on Bill Maher show — plus Tuesday-afternoon quarterbacking

Bill McKibben did a bang-up job of talking about climate change on "Real Time with Bill Maher" -- and it got David Roberts thinking about effective climate communication.

Climate & Energy

Despite the end of summer, Iowa’s drought hits a new low

What Iowa needs is a long, wet autumn -- something it's not likely to get.

Climate & Energy

Gas prices hit new high in California yesterday and today and probably tomorrow

Why should you care? Because California is where celebrities live. Other celebrity gossip inside!

Living

Ask Umbra: How green is my laundry detergent?

A reader says his landlord’s fancy new washing machine requires special soap. Umbra tells him not to get his knickers in a twist.