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“Outside, fires raged and seas rose and viruses attacked,” my colleague Megan Garber writes. “Inside, not knowing what else to do, I kept watering all the plants.”
This Earth Day, Megan has a thoughtful essay arguing that the recent boom in houseplants—along with a rise in nature-chic decor—is a way of processing our collective “eco-grief.”
As we try to chart a course forward amid anxieties about the future of our planet, our personal relationships with nature are changing.
Recycling can do only so much. “A constant influx of new and hard-to-manage materials in the waste stream poses ongoing problems,” E. A. Crunden reports.
Our diets are a big source of emissions. Experts offer two easy rules for reining in your mealtime footprint, Annie Lowrey reports: Don’t waste food, and eat less meat.
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One question, answered: I got invited to a wedding this summer. I’m fully vaccinated, but I don’t know whether everyone else there will be. It will also require me to fly. Is it okay for me to go?