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Growing urban electorate is bad news for Republicans

The presidential election wasn't blue states versus red states: it was cities versus everyone else.

Marijuana may be more law-friendly, but it’s not more eco-friendly

Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Can legalization help the pot industry blaze a greener trail?

If this walrus can do aerobics, what’s your excuse?

He manages to do leg lifts and he doesn't even have legs! That's dedication.

The coolest ways to charge your phone when you don’t have power

Post-Sandy, our idea of "emergency supplies" might expand beyond canned goods and water to include one of these cell-charging innovations.

Ask Umbra: Am I saving too many emails?

A reader wonders if her overflowing inbox is polluting the planet. Umbra tells her how to take a byte out of her energy use.

Eau de Chicago: Perfume uses local ingredients to bottle Windy City’s essence

Tru Blooms Chicago is made from flowers grown in the Windy City's urban gardens. Smelling like Chicago is finally a good thing.

New York City cancels marathon in light of Sandy’s devastation

Sandy devastation forces officials to cancel one of the city's premier athletic events -- and many New Yorkers breathe a sigh of relief.

Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.

Umbra’s second helpings: DIY shampoo [VIDEO]

Grist's green advice columnist whips up some recipes for shampoo and conditioner that work just as well as the store-bought stuff -- and double as salad dressing in a pinch.