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  • 7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

    7 billion, unpacked — a comic

    The world population is hitting 7 billion. But what does that really mean? In this comic, we unpack some of the numbers and nuances. Click the image below to view the comic, and then click on each page to go …

  • Tile your roof with solar shingles

    If you want to generate some solar energy but don't want to have weird-looking solar panels on your roof, Dow Solar has a solution for you. The company has achieved solar shingularity: Its roof shingles are solar panels! The solar …

  • Too lazy to go green? Hire an eco-concierge

    Have you ever been sitting around the Drones Club, throwing rolls around, and thought to yourself, "gosh, going green is very hot right now, but it sounds hard! I wish I could use my gobs of money to pay someone …

  • Critical List: Earthquake strikes Turkey; ‘Environmental concierge’ exists

    More than 200 people died in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Turkey. California finished its cap-and-trade plan with minimal drama. Here's how they did it. If you are rich and worried about your environmental footprint, you can hire a whole other human being to screw …

  • Ask Umbra: Should I wash out my zip-lock bags?

    Don’t lose sleep over plastics and food. Instead of worrying about how to handle your baggies and bins, purge plastic from your kitchen.

  • 7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

    Who you gonna call? GrowthBusters! [VIDEO]

    The new documentary “GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” explores why our economy and footprint and population can’t keep on expanding forever.

  • Jon Bon Jovi opens pay-what-you-can ‘soul kitchen’

    Does anyone else remember those Ben Stiller Show sketches where Bruce Springsteen would, like, deliver a baby? Jon Bon Jovi is basically that, but for real. He's opening a community kitchen in New Jersey where patrons pay what they can …

  • Communal farming in Vermont [VIDEO]

    A cohousing community in Vermont shares everything — from farm chores to fun — and knows it’s better that way.

  • 7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

    What if population grows faster than the experts project?

    Many demographers believe that global population will peak at 9.5 to 10 billion this century and then gradually decline as poorer countries develop. But what if they’re wrong?