April 6, 2014 | The green issue

Mothers vs. climate change

A startup activist group turns to an ages-old network for recruits: moms. By Melissa Schorr

Few foam cups get recycled.

Why paper cups just aren’t greener

Each year, Americans toss more than 80 billion single-use cups. But is switching from foam to paper really better for the environment? By Elizabeth Gehrman


Menino crowning Marathon winners in 1994, 1999, 2001, and 2009. Thomas Menino: A view from the sidelines of the Marathon

The former mayor on last year’s attack and looking forward to attending this year’s race as just a spectator. By Thomas M. Menino (As told to Scott Helman)

The Green Issue

Going cold turkey with a plastic bag ban

Worldwide we go through a billion a year, but Massachusetts may soon impose limits. What would people use instead? By Elizabeth Gehrman

The Green Issue

Saving the planet, one old building at a time

Why a tax reform proposal is raising alarms for historic preservationists and environmentalists. By Elizabeth Gehrman

First Person

A radically new kind of cancer test?

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia of MIT has developed a fast, low-cost urine test that could detect cancer and is taking steps to bring it to market.


A small portion of a group of up to 3,000 gray seals seen off Nantucket. We saved the Cape and Islands’ seals from extinction. Now what?

When efforts at wildlife protection threaten to lapse into overpopulation. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in the Boston area

Marathon memories, American quilts, cartoon greats, and more.

A Restaurant’s Take

Roasted beet, arugula, and goat cheese salad at Portsmouth Book & Bar. At Portsmouth Book & Bar, roasted beets with goat cheese and arugula

At the N.H. Seacoast restaurant, have something to eat while you read.


Strangers on a plane: Overcoming my fear of flying

Getting help with my phobia — and a lesson on judging others — from an unexpected source. By Kate Haas

On the Block

For sale: Homes in North Reading

These houses are in a town known for its historic center.

Dinner With Cupid

From left, Logan Cole and Erica Bibby. Blind date: Going places

These globe trotters share a love of travel and the arts. But will they be on board with each other?


Readers respond to stories on airport eateries, empowering girls, and more

Letters to the editor on where to find good food, Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Tales From the City

Report card: A child’s views on school

A problem with class size in a region obsessed with education.