September/October
2014
2014 September/October Sierra Magazine

Features

Falling Stock

As renewables get cheaper and climate risks grow, Wall Street sours on the coal industry.

Financial Statement

Stanford and other universities are divesting from fossil fuel stocks—with varying degrees of commitment.

Waiting for Light

A few years from now, 80,000 new Indian households a month could extend their lives beyond sunset.

Departments

Green Life Blog

4 Environmental Time-Lapse Videos You Have to See to Believe
Time-lapse photography reveals corals as vicious predators, Bay Area fog as a rapid river, and so much more.
4 Ways Ugly Has Become Trendy
Optically deficient, aesthetically challenged, Frankenstein-esque, and just plain ugly – are you avoiding this type of produce when grocery shopping?
7 Examples of Green Graffiti
Do you know these street artists? You should.
8 Transformative Staycation Ideas
Transform your abode with these 8 imaginative themes.
Birds Construct Better Nests to Woo Mates
Does practice make perfect?
Comet Buzzes Mars
Check the skies on October 19.
Don't Miss These October Astronomical Events
Watch the skies for a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse, a comet threatening Mars, and more.
Earth's Address Just Got Longer
"Dear Mr. Muir: Your home address is incorrectly configured. Please adjust your settings."
From the Grounds Up: Coffee Becomes Biofuel
Caffeine won't be the only reason you love coffee. Arthur Kay and his team at Bio Bean have developed the technology to convert coffee grounds into a uniquely sustainable, clean source of renewable energy.
Growing, Growing, Gone: Urban Farming Hits the Big Leagues
Will fresh veggies replace hot dogs at baseball games?
How Green Spaces Are Saving Humanity
Living near leafy areas can provide perks you don’t even realize you’re getting, from lower blood pressure to lower crime rates.
How Mangroves and Corals Unite
Reef-building corals have found new refuge in Hurricane Hole.
How Solid Waste Is Doing You a Solid
Instead of filling our landfills with toxic animal poop, these innovative solutions might be another way to deal with the grubby facts of life.
How to Win the 4 Most Competitive Park Lotteries in America
The odds of you winning one of these lotteries are lower than any other park in America.
I Vant to Suck Your. . . Plant Blood?
Attention vegans and vegetarians: You can eat this.
Lego Lets Go
Toymaker Lego cuts its sponsorship ties with oil-giant Shell.
Mr. Green on Personal Beauty Products
How do you get rid of them? And what about the bottles?
Mr. Green, Should I Avoid Products Made From Composite Wood?
Your feelings about composite wood may turn on how much you like formaldehyde.
Partial Solar Eclipse Darkens the Day
The moon will block out a section of the sun on October 23.
Slick Arguments
Oil-giant BP wants us to think the Gulf of Mexico is doing just fine. Too bad we’re so willing to go along.
Spelunkers Beware: These Are the 5 Spookiest Caves in America
From zombies to ghosts, these caverns are haunted by creepy stories. Do you dare visit?
Watch the Total Lunar Eclipse of the Hunter’s Moon
The eclipse of the Full Hunter's Moon will have a bonus feature for observers.
What Can College Students Do to Save the Planet?
Sierra's eco-expert gives fresh tips for the college-bound.
When urban raptors attack
Spot urban birds of prey and learn what they indicate about your city's ecosystem.
Why Danes Don't Need Bicycle Helmets
Some cycling advocates think that if we stopped wearing helmets the U.S. could be more like Copenhagen. Maybe we should just learn Danish instead!
Why Valley Uprising Rocks
Just in time for Yosemite’s 150th birthday, Valley Uprising portrays the respective histories of rock climbing and Yosemite as inextricably intertwined and ultimately sustained by the “mad to live” counterculture of each new generation. Caution to the faint of heart: documentary features swearing, drug use, and counterculture.
Why You Need a "Braincation" and Where to Take One
You’ve got to give your brain a vacation. Seriously, science says so.
Will These Images Convince Millennials to Vote for the Environment?
Patagonia targets political inactivity with its "Vote the Environment" campaign.