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The U.S. Has Nearly 600 Coal Waste Sites. Why They've Got West Virginians Worried
by Erin L. McCoy
Residents fear that coal-contaminated water is seeping into their wells. But a lack of evidence is stalling action.
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses
by Araz Hachadourian
The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Bill McKibben: How a Lawyer From the Jim Crow South Shaped the Fight Against Climate Change
by Bill McKibben
In his memoir, James Gustave Speth talks about his work to end climate change and why it's time for a new environmental movement.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!
by Zanna McKay
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.
Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring
by Peter D'Auria, Miles Schneiderman
The key to a great garden? Good dirt. Here’s how you can grow your own.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
From Watersheds to Mountains, What If We Based Our Borders on Nature?
by Rachael Stoeve
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
Drink Your Way to Sustainability With These Climate-Conscious Microbrews
by Kayla Schultz
It's the weekend! Plan your happy hour with our interactive map of forward-thinking breweries.
In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts
by Laura Michele Diener
The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.
What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb
by Jay Walljasper
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
This Activist Went to Prison for the Climate. Now He Wants Churches To Take Moral Leadership
by Tim DeChristopher
The movements that persevere are those that find a form of hope, even in dark times.
Climate Scientists Are for Real—Video Project Shows They’re Parents, Neighbors, Just Like You
by A.C. Shilton
The project offers climate scientists a chance to speak to the public for themselves.
Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present
by Wendell Berry
In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.
How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee
by Rachael Stoeve
Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?