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Climate & Energy

General Mills pledges $100 million to combat climate change

Climate change is bad for business, says the food giant.

Science

Forget insecticides. Scientists are making pests that destroy themselves

Moths genetically engineered to die young could save your slaw.

The Desolation of Smog

Here, China — let this algorithm tell you how to control your pollution

IBM is developing machine learning and AI tools for modeling Beijing’s air quality.

Cities

Public housing: The myths, the facts, the HBO show

"Show Me a Hero" is over, but the stereotypes about public housing live on.

Politics

Obama announces Denali name change. Ohio Republicans freak out

The change makes a lot of sense, but Ohio Republicans are condemning the decision.

Living

Is it OK to ship recyclables cross-country — if landfill is the alternative?

Sure, sending trash far away burns more carbon than recycling it locally. But recycling it far away still beats trashing it. Umbra sorts the tradeoffs.

Business & Technology

In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the mountains aren’t coming back

In the first half of this year, at least six domestic coal companies filed for bankruptcy.

Living

Are women obligated to have children? This man thinks so

Swedish philosopher Torbjörn Tännsjö argues that humans have a moral duty to reproduce -- and to do it early and often. Oof.

Food

This is a story about weed and hoes

Now that weeds can stand up to herbicides, farmers have to uproot them the old-fashioned way: with garden tools.

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