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Real Life Hacks to Cut Your Carbon Footprint (Plus: A Personal Emissions Calculator)
by Peter Kalmus
After estimating how his daily actions contributed to global warming, this climate scientist found a better way to live. How does your carbon footprint stack up? Measure your impact with our emissions calculator.
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
by Jill Suttie
New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
The West Coast Is the World’s 5th Largest Economy. Can It Unite to Stop Big Oil?
by Arun Gupta
From First Nations activism to innovative city initiatives, the West Coast is leading the fight against global warming even as many countries lag behind.
How A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
by Fran Korten
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
The End of Night: Why We Need Darkness In the Age of Artificial Light
by Emmett FitzGerald
Since the invention of electric light, the night has been getting progressively brighter. But a growing body of research shows experiencing total darkness is critical to our well-being.
Infographic: The Surprising Ways You Consume Oil Every Day
by Peter Kalmus
Less than half the oil we consume is used for gasoline. Petroleum also goes into a bunch of everyday products. Some useful, and many we could live without.
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
by Richard Heinberg
It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
Without Scalia, a New Chance for Climate Justice
by Patrick Parenteau
Justice Scalia was a thorn in the side of the environmental movement. Now that his seat is up for grabs, the Supreme Court could be in position to make serious gains for the climate.
How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together
by Jasleena Grewal
We asked this East Londoner how a pop-up garden brought his neighborhood together and made friends out of strangers.
The Hidden, Very Good Reason for the $10 Oil Tax
by Arun Gupta
Doomed as it may be, an oil tax is a step toward redefining energy as a public good—for which everyone pays the cost of overuse and abuse.
Why We Need to Keep 80 Percent of Fossil Fuels in the Ground
by Bill McKibben
Life depends on it. Bill McKibben on the big changes we’ve already made in remarkably short order.
Why Massive Snowstorms and Stranded Cars Make Us So Happy
by Colin Beavan
With cars stuck under mounds of snow, city streets become safe public spaces for people. So why wait for a blizzard?
How Far Can We Get Without Flying?
by Peter Kalmus
When a climate scientist decided to stop flying to cut his carbon emissions, he caught a glimpse of the post-oil future.
Rebuilding Trust After Flint: What About the Water In Your City?
by Daniel Moss
Despite decaying infrastructure and budget pressures, city water utilities have mostly delivered on their promise of healthy water.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca Nathanson
This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.