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Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food. But those energy inputs are often hidden.

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What is the Carbon Footprint of a Typical Thanksgiving?

Turkey. Travel. Football. Turns out, only one of these is going to ruin your carbon-footprint score this Thanksgiving.

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Your Environment Update for November 19, 2015

Local climate activists say the recent terrorist attacks aren’t going to keep them away from the Paris climate summit—or dampen their hopes for a big climate deal.

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What Parts of Your Thanksgiving Meal Are Genetically Modified?

We're not suggesting you bug your host about it. But here are some pointers for spotting things on your plate that could be—and probably aren't—genetically engineered foods.

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Lessons Learned from Raising a 43-Pound Monster Turkey

Hobby farmer Ken Chiacchia raises turkeys that are twice as big as a jumbo supermarket bird. But he says his bragging rights come from how they're raised—not how big they get.

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How to Talk Politics at Thanksgiving Without Causing a Family Feud

So when Uncle Larry gets on his soapbox, is it better to let it go or take him on? Here are some tips for talking politics with family—thoughtfully.

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The Importance of Bringing Biodiversity Back to Our Plates—and Lives

The homogenization of the food supply not only means the loss of a more diverse way of eating, but the loss of important cultural legacies.

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Your Environment Update for November 12, 2015

Developer Eve Picker is building Pittsburgh's first tiny house. And some experts say it could be a model for other Rust Belt cities looking for ways to reinvigorate struggling neighborhoods.

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How We Can Make Our Cities More Environmentally Just

As Rust Belt cities embark on a post-industrial future, how can we build communities that are both sustainable and inclusive?

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What Exxon Knew About Climate Change in the 1970s

In the 1970s, climate change was only just emerging as a political issue. But at least one big energy company already knew that burning fossil fuels was changing the atmosphere.

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