Read and take over: Occupying urban streets with guerrilla libraries

In New York, kiosks offer books outside Sandy-shuttered libraries, and in Oakland, a people's library is surviving on the sidewalk.


Obama’s threat to act unilaterally on climate change? Looking empty

Conversations with senior administration officials suggest that the threat doesn't have teeth -- and won't include regulations on old power plants.

Climate & Energy

Courting White House arrest over Keystone XL: Rancher, financier, Kennedy, Sierra Club head

At an action today in Washington, celebrities and activists try to put pressure on the president to reject the Keystone pipeline.


Will New York’s next mayor keep the city’s bike lanes?

It depends on who wins.

Are San Francisco oysters a wilderness wrecker or a pollution solution?

One part of the Bay Area is getting rid of oysters for the sake of the environment, while another is eagerly reintroducing them.

Study questions eco-benefit of vegetarian diet; we question study

French researchers say diets heavy on fruits and vegetables might not be so great for the planet, but they make some strange assumptions.


N.Y. town board sued for banning discussion of fracking at meetings

The board of Sanford, N.Y., got tired of hearing citizens oppose fracking in public meetings, so it barred the topic. Now it's being sued.


Your ‘sustainable’ fish may not actually be sustainable, like, at all

The Marine Stewardship Council is stamping its label on lots of seafood products, but many critics aren't convinced it represents sustainability.

Business & Technology

North Dakota’s red-hot, frack-fueled economy is starting to slow down

More drilling means higher costs to drill, which is starting to cool the once-bearably-warm state.