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Food

Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.

Climate & Energy

AAA, EPA, GM trade barbs over ethanol

The American Automobile Association says the E15 ethanol fuel mix damage vehicles. The EPA responds with brightly colored stickers.

Climate & Energy

Prominent fundamentalist: God gets sad when we don’t use the oil He gave us

Or at least so says Bryan Fischer, a prominent fundamentalist who hates gays and loves fossil fuels.

Cities

Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.

Food

Too much carbon dioxide can have a negative effect on some crops

In case you thought too much CO2 was an unalloyed good.

Climate & Energy

Mexican environmentalist murdered by drug gangs

Juventina Villa Mojica's efforts to preserve local forest conflicted with the gangs' desire to plant more drugs.

Food

Controversial California oyster farm returned to wilderness

An oyster farm at the Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed by year's end and returned to wilderness. But is it really best for the seals?

Climate & Energy

Climate negotiators are betting on improbably deep emissions cuts

At the U.N. climate conference in Doha, negotiators are calling for drastic steps, trying to make up for the fact that we've done so little thus far.

Climate & Energy

Shell VP: Yeah, we’re gonna spill some oil in the Arctic

Shell's Alaska vice president confirms spills will be part of its new, fraught drilling operations off the North Slope of Alaska. But it's not a big deal or anything.