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I Was a Fourth-Generation Coal Miner. Here’s Why I Quit
by Nick Mullins
“I quit the mines, not entirely sure what I was going to do. I just knew that I could do something different.”
Forget Nutraloaf—Prisoners Are Growing Their Own Food
by Marcus Harrison Green
From New York to California, prison gardening programs serve as cost-effective food sources and provide inmates with better nutrition.
5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier
by Kira M. Newman
Happy people are healthier, make more money, and live longer. Thankfully researchers say it’s something we can cultivate with practice. Here’s how.
Without Fossil Fuels, a New Population Puzzle
by Laurie Mazur
So how many people can the planet really support?
You Don’t Need a Science Degree to End World Hunger
by Raj Patel
Scientists aren’t the only ones who can solve problems like malnutrition—in fact, people who face hunger might be better at solving it.
20 Years in the Making, Great Bear Agreement Protects World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest
by Valerie Schloredt
The landmark deal between 27 First Nations, environmentalists, forest industry, and government preserves 85 percent of old-growth in one of the world’s great forests.
Jobs After Oil: The Path to a Cleaner, More Equal Future
by Yessenia Funes
A successful energy transition to renewables could not only rescue the planet but create a more just economy.
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 NASA 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.