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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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POLITICS

Boycotting the Koch brothers? Better get a new brand of toilet paper

You might be contributing to the Kochs' mountain of money without even knowing it.
FOOD

Why is Walmart making us fat?

A new paper suggests that big box supercenters, higher cigarette prices, and fewer blue-collar jobs all contribute to obesity. 
POLITICS

Senate approves Keystone — and here’s why that doesn’t matter

The Senate has wasted the entire month of January debating a bill that Obama is going to veto.
LIVING

Hoffice sounds like a cult — and I want to join it

In the morning, a laptop brigade streams into your home, and then things start to take a turn for the bizarre.
LIVING

We are very confused about Jared Leto’s (very sick) SUV

Leto's Ford Bronco gets approximately 12 miles to the gallon, about the same as a Hummer H2.
BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

Air pollution actually messes with your genes

Sometimes you just have to put people in a smog chamber and dose them with diesel. For science.
LIVING

Is video streaming greener than DVDs?

A reader frets that her home entertainment habits may be rubbing the climate the wrong way. Umbra scratches below the surface.
LIVING

Why a military general declared war on polluters

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré is leading a charge against Louisiana's biggest polluters. Is a gubernatorial run next?
FOOD

This beer is literally made from piss

Pouring purified pee down your throat might seem, well, disgusting, but bear with us for a moment.
FOOD

This map is bad news for the Midwest

The Midwest has some very sweaty summers in store. 
BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

Can drones save the world?

We're rapidly approaching the drone saturation point.
LIVING

What if virtual reality is our best chance to save the planet?

The Sundance premiere of Racing Extinction was pretty depressing -- but not for the obvious reasons.
CITIES

London is building Europe’s longest bike superhighway

The billion-dollar "segregated cycleway" will stretch approximately 18 miles directly through the center of the city. 

Coral reefs are about to crash in a big way

Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

TV networks now cover climate change, but they’re doing it wrong

According to a new study, the major broadcast news networks are covering climate change more than they have in years. The bad news: A lot of it is misleading and unscientific.
LIVING

Procrastinators, rejoice: Now you can cook with that old Christmas tree

This new kind of urban foraging is complete with a dash of dumpster diving.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Obama’s Atlantic drilling plan criticized by Democrats

A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling.
JOKES ASIDE

But seriously, folks — this stand-up economist says Republicans will like his carbon tax

Comiconomist Yoram Bauman has a carbon tax plan for Washington state. The punch line: He thinks he can get both political parties on board.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

How a black kid who grew up in the segregated South became a barefisted biologist

Tyrone Hayes took on a massive chemical company over the impacts of its top-selling herbicide. His story is the subject of a new Amazon original documentary, produced by The New Yorker.
CITIES

Seattle to shame residents for throwing away food

The city will shame and fine residents for putting compostable food in the trash bin.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

A survey of utility execs also finds that a majority of them support Obama's power-plant rules or think they should be strengthened.
SCRAM, STYROFOAM

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Bricks that grow themselves, plastic made of mushrooms ... the future is a weird and wonderful place.
WINTER'S BONER

We are literally breaking polar bear penises now

It seems we shall spare the polar bear no indignity: PCB pollution is weakening the species' penis bone.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Are extreme blizzards the new normal?

Here's what climate science says about historic storms. 
POLITICS

We can’t have resilience without justice

When trust is missing, communities don't come together in times of crisis. We need to build trust to be resilient to the shocks of the future.
CÔTES DU DRONE

When wine runs dry, these drones have your back

Vineyards are drying out thanks to climate change -- but high-tech surveillance drones might just save them. Welcome to our weird new world!
FOOD

Tomato bluefin? Eggplant eel? Sushi joins the faux meat trend

As the sustainable seafood movement continues gaining traction, chefs are starting to update sushi classics with fish-less, vegetarian alternatives. 
BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

19 tweets that explain how we’re stifling electricity innovation

A rant about the abysmal state of innovation and progress in the U.S. electricity sector.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

No, GOP hopefuls, the blizzard doesn’t mean climate change is a hoax

Weather is not climate.
FOOD

This guy will pay your dumpster-diving fines

Rob Greenfield wants you to dumpster dive so much, he'll pay your fines if you get caught.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

We can solve climate change, but it won’t be cheap or easy

Climate modeling often shows that it's possible to decarbonize at low cost. But "possible" is a long way from practical, or likely.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Al Gore is still kicking butt as a climate warrior

He's reviving Live Earth. He's telling truths to the 1%. He sticks up for the 350 ppm goal. He bashes Keystone. Gore is a global rock star.
LIVING

What’s the safest way to take my baby on the bus?

A reader wants to take his baby on public transit. Umbra has some railly great advice.
CITIES

Why I refuse to be a woman afraid of walking alone at night

Women shouldn't just be safe in the city; they should feel safe.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

India and U.S. agree on some energy deals — but no emission cuts

The two countries will work together to expand nuclear and solar power, but they aren’t saying anything about curbing coal or CO2.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Here’s an excellent analogy about climate change and developing countries

What if you showed up late to a dinner party, missed the food, and then got stuck doing the dishes?
DECLARING ANWR ON THE GOP

Obama to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The president is picking a big fight with oil-lovin' Republicans, and the green community is delighted.
SLAW & ORDER

Didn’t think red cabbage could be exciting? Think again

Make the most out of your red cabbage with a vibrant, addictive salad -- plus a million other ways to love cabbage more.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Climate and population are linked — but maybe not the way you thought

No, this isn't about blaming people with large families in developing countries -- or blaming anyone at all.
POLITICS

Tom Steyer is not running for Senate, and that’s a good thing

Now the billionaire climate activist can focus on electing other climate hawks and fighting fossil-fueled disinformation campaigns.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

Texas takes civil rights challenge all the way to the Supreme Court

The legal dispute revolves around fair housing policies, but it could undermine a key tenet of environmental justice law.
SCHMALIENS

Forget aliens — these NASA drones track methane

The space agency is adapting technology used to test for life on Mars to help preserve it here on Earth.
CLIMATE & ENERGY

The Exelon-Pepco merger: Big, nuke-heavy utility looking for new ratepayers to fleece

Giant utility company Exelon has a failing business model and a plan to prop it up. Both ratepayers and clean energy will get screwed in the process.
POLITICS

At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters

Mitt Romney is back to acknowledging that climate change is real. And Lindsey Graham, a climate realist by Republican standards, might run for president too.
MELTING ICE, MELTING HEARTS

Love letters to Thor, whose things we found in the melting ice

A team of archaeologists in Norway have uncovered a number of artifacts revealed as ancient layers of ice start to melt away.