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Why Your 'Green Lifestyle' Choices Don't Really Matter

All the upcycling in the world can't alter the fact that fossil fuels are safely embedded at the center of our global energy system.

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The Potential Perils of Rapid-Fire Urbanization

Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos warns that a lack of urban planning could turn our expanding cities into powder kegs.

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The 2 Battles That Helped Launch the Environmental Movement

From the Love Canal disaster to Greenpeace's efforts to save the whales and beyond, a new documentary tracks the rise of environmentalism.

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Does Having Lots of Local Governments Help or Hurt Economic Development?

The number of local governments per capita is negatively correlated with key measures of state economic performance.

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Terrifying Images From California's Latest Wildfires

Already, 10,000 acres of the Los Angeles area have been torched.

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The Insanely Clear-Cut Case for Region-Based Immigration Visas

State governments are in a far better position to understand the immigration needs of the towns and cities within their borders.

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Has the Christian Church Forgotten Its Urban Roots?

Two pastors make the case that American Christians need to shed their "anti-urban bias" before their religion becomes marginalized.

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Map of the Day: The Geography of Unmarried Mothers

Flagstaff, Arizona, had the highest share of new mothers that were unmarried and Cheyenne, Wyoming, had the lowest.

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Workers Around the World Unite for May Day

For much of the world, the beginning of May evokes not May poles but protests.

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Historic Maps of the Day: The Louisiana Purchase's 210th Birthday

Celebrating 820,000 square miles.

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Dhaka Explodes in Protests After Factory Collapse Kills Hundreds

Workers demand safer conditions; government action after the worst accident in the country's short history.

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How Do You Get Conservatives to Buy Energy Efficient Products?

For starters, don't tell them it'll help fight climate change or "protect the environment."

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China's Lost Rivers

20 years ago, there were 50,000 rivers in China. Now, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. Why?

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What the Government Has Spent on Sandy So Far

6 months after Sandy, the feds haven't spent nearly as much as they will on recovery efforts.

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Piles of Sneakers, Rose Petals and Other Moving Memorials to Boston

From the city and beyond.

Yerevan Loves Grandiose Graves, But It's Running Out of Room for Them

Only four of the city's cemeteries have space remaining.

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Building a Bike and Pedestrian Lobby With Teeth

New York advocates for safer streets form a PAC to influence city elections.

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This New Data Should Make You Pretty Nervous About the Latest Bird Flu

Only 4 of the 81 people with confirmed cases of bird flu in China have fully recovered; human transmission still can't be ruled out.

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Immigrants Boost the Wages, Income and Economic Output of Cities

Contrary to the political conventional wisdom, higher shares of immigrants are associated with many good things in U.S. metros.