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White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

The White House is sent a fresh pitch for a push to restore monarch butterfly habitat and food on public and private lands.

How to Build a Wind Turbine for $30

Renewable energy = high upfront costs… right? Yes, if you’re paying someone else to put your system together for you. Now, that seems like kind of a no-brainer for most of us: I certainly don’t feel like I know enough to build my own solar panel array or wind turbine. Show More Summary

The four fossil fuel stockpiles that could toast the world

A Sierra Club report looks at what would happen if the U.S. burned through its biggest oil, gas, and coal reserves -- and it ain't pretty.

With “Netflix for LEGOs,” the sharing economy just went preschool

Your kids (or you -- no judgment) get to play with one set at a time, ship it back for free, and then eagerly await the next set in your queue.

Smog is linked with higher risk of suicide

After breathing hella-polluted air, Utah residents were significantly more likely to off themselves. Cheery, isn't it?

This could be the future of Chicago public transportation

The city isn't as centralized as it used to be, which forces people into their cars. This expanded transit system could fix all that.

Americans are choosing chihuahuas over children

Since 2007, women haven’t been popping out as many babies. But they’ve been enjoying the company of something ELSE cute and full of crap: small dogs.

This NFLer doubles as a sustainable beef farmer — and he’s winning over teammates

Linebacker Will Witherspoon is spreading the message of happy, healthy cows to athletes and congressmembers alike.

Does Keystone Matter?

Many people who have studied the issue tell me that the Keystone XL issue is mostly symbolic, because the Alberta oil sands are going to be used one way or another.  But I’m having some second thoughts because of arguments made (here) by Berkeley economist Max Aufhammer. He’s a pretty hard-headed analyst, not given to […]

Ask Umbra: Is it OK to lather up in the lake with biodegradable soap?

A reader thinks he's found the perfect suds for outdoor scrubbing. Umbra says bubbles belong in the bath.

Climate clicktivism for the rich, famous, and connected

What do the NBA, Mark Ruffalo, Al Gore, and Guns and Roses have in common? They’ve all signed on to #climate, a new app that connects influencers to climate causes.

U.S. urges IPCC to be less boring, try this whole “online” thing

The U.N. climate panel's reports contain a lot of information, but can anyone stand to read them?

U.N. report spells out super-hard things we must do to curb warming

We can't stop climate change -- it's already here! -- but we can prevent the worst of it, says the latest IPCC report. Unfortunately, that will be hella difficult.

“Sugar With That, Or ASPARTAME [Modified E. Coli Poop]?”

Here’s a rather nauseating, if not scary, tidbit about an artificial sweetener beloved to humankind. And also to Monsanto. Aspartame. The second most used artificial sweetener in the world, next to saccharine. Every time you pour those...Show More Summary

Nations’ Handling of New Climate Report Presages Divisions in Treaty Effort

Wrangling over wording of the summary of the latest U.N. climate report foreshadows worse to come in treaty talks.

Diapers and tampons could soon be made from jellyfish

First there was the Diva Cup. Then came the sea pearl. So what’s next for sustainable menstrual solutions? Jellyfish!

California’s Energy Crisis Comes Out Of Remission

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted California’s largest investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, for criminal violations of federal pipeline safety regulations. The indictment alleges that safety violations between 2003 and 2010 set the stage for the devastating natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno three and half years ago. The [...]

My TEDx Talk: We Are Perfect, With a Hefty Asterisk

I propose a shift in goals from numbers to traits that can help us shape a "good" Anthropocene.

CETO Produces Wave Power and Freshwater

A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the "first operating wave energy array scheme in the world." The installation will consist of three submerged buoys 11 meters (36 feet) in diameter, which will be anchored offshore. Show More Summary

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