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Cities

East Coasters, prepare for three decades of epic flooding

In the time it takes to pay a mortgage, East Coast cities will be swamped. Yikes.

follow the narrow brick road

Here’s why narrower streets are safer

Turns out that wider lanes only encourage people to drive faster, with deadly results.

Business & Technology

McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Twitter are selling the green lifestyle on Collectively. Should you buy it?

For the perpetual cynic (hi!), Collectively could be seen as a very glossy marketing tool for corporate greenwashing.

Green Light

How many Nobel Prize-winning physicists did it take to invent the LED lightbulb?

If you guessed three, you're right. Ol' Alfred Nobel would be proud.

Climate & Energy

Climate change’s relationship with the sea just got more mysterious

OK, so the mile-deep ocean isn't warming that much -- but that's no reason to break out the denier kibble.

THIRST FOR JUSTICE

Apparently, water is a luxury in Detroit, not a right

A judge says Detroit can continue to cut off water to residents because the city "can't afford any revenue slippage."

Business & Technology

This lobbying shop is so dirty even oil companies want out

Occidental Petroleum is leaving ALEC because its positions on climate change are too extreme.

Isla Bonita

The little island that could is going 100 percent renewable

El Hierro stands mere months away from its all-renewable goal, thanks to a wind farm that stores excess energy in a connected water turbine system.

Food

Can farmers outsmart climate change?

As the world heats up, so do efforts to save our food system.

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