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Living

You know it’s good when your biggest transportation problem is too many cyclists

We can learn some things about public transportation from how the Dutch handle their bike traffic jams.

Climate & Energy

We can provide power to everyone without a huge leap in emissions, study finds

The world’s poorest people use so little energy at the moment that initially, upon being connected to the grid, they will not add much to the climate crisis.

Age of Us

The Anthropocene is here, whether geologists make it official or not

Humans rule the world, for worse or for worse.

Climate & Energy

The Chinese people care more about the environment than Americans do

A new survey finds that Chinese citizens rank “pollution and the environment” as the top global threat. Americans aren't so concerned.

Climate & Energy

Here’s Obama’s latest strategy for a global climate deal

The president's chief climate negotiator has outlined the kind of agreement he might press for at the big U.N. climate summit in Paris next year.

Food

Is the new Whole Foods rating system creating an inferiority complex for zucchini?

The grocery chain's new labels are actually nuanced and make a lot of sense.

Cities

Why more roads = more traffic jams

Think a new carpool lane will relieve gridlock on L.A.'s infamous 405? Think again.

Climate & Energy

These itty bitty creatures fight global warming from the bottom of the sea

They may be microbes you've never heard of, but they sequester a non-trivial amount of methane.

Climate & Energy

Why clean energy might be cheaper than you think

A new report written for the European Commission says cleaner power is cheaper power when all costs are considered.

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