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Your roots are showing

Ask Umbra's Book Club announces a field guide to the new American roots movement

Ask Umbra's book club celebrates Americana this month. Join the book club and read United States of Americana this month!

Unfair is unsustainable

Growth won’t make us happy — or more inclined to save the planet

A society with high income inequality is more likely to suffer all manner of social ills, from teenage pregnancy to negative environmental behavior.

crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

The Crosstown #5 bus opera set to debut in Santa Fe will almost certainly be a ride you won't want to miss. Just sit back and let the music move you.

yo, homes, smell you hata

Teens label Abercrombie and Fitch's constant stink 'air pollution'

By maintaining a constant level of cologne sprayed both inside and outside their stores, Abercrombie and Fitch gives everyone the chance to be the prince of a town called Smell-Air.

outsider art

Urban revitalization via art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich.

My interest in the ArtPrize contest underway in Grand Rapids, Mich., stems from this line from Gene Duvernoy: "Cities are what's going to get us out of this mess ... and what makes cities livable …

Don't be ridiculous

How one Swedish city gets people to trade silly car trips for bikes [VIDEO]

A clever public health campaign in Malmö, Sweden, is getting people onto bikes by making them feel silly for driving short distances when they could bike instead.

All is forgiven

Here's a switch: Gulf residents want feds involved in restoring their coastline

Remember all the ranting about the federal government's ineptitude with the BP oil spill? Now three out of four Gulf residents want the feds to be involved in restoring their wetlands and beaches. Go figure.

not just taking you for a ride

New Yorkers get free public transit to Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' [VIDEO]

Don't go crazy trying to figure out the most environmentally friendly way to get from New York City to Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C. The founder of Huffington Post has got …

I'm smitten, Ms. Jackson

A love song for Lisa Jackson, EPA chief

It's not every day that the top administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a love song written for her. Give her serenade a listen.