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Pruitt Is Paving the Way for an Industry-Led EPA

Once a year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors and the EPA’s Office of Research and Development get together to publically debate the current direction of the EPA’s research. The BOSC releases a review...Show More Summary

Grizzly Bears Are Now the Victims of the Trump Administration’s Climate Denialism

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that the Yellowstone grizzly bear will no longer be listed as protected under the Endangered Species Act. The grizzly’s population has rebounded and it now “stands as one of America’sShow More Summary

Food Evolution Is Scientifically Accurate. Too Bad It Won’t Convince Anyone.  

Several years ago, a county government in Hawaii debated a measure to ban genetically modified crops on the island. The hearings highlighted the divergent views of pro-GMO scientists and anti-biotech activists, many who assert, without...Show More Summary

Malicious Tree Planting Is a Slow, Expensive Way to Exact Revenge

People seem particularly spiteful these days—perhaps that’s why a riveting tale of tree-based revenge has taken the internet by a storm this week. An epic Reddit rant from an aging arborist from Redondo Beach, California, related a harrowing...Show More Summary

Reminder: Poor People Don’t Eat More Fast Food

In 2008, the city council of Los Angeles implemented a one-year ban on the construction of new standalone fast-food restaurants in South L.A. The goal was to reduce obesity in the low-income neighborhoods that make up that part of the city. Show More Summary

Police Data Suggests Black and Hispanic Drivers Are Searched More Often Than Whites

Police pull over more than 50,000 drivers on a typical day in the United States, more than 20 million stops each year. Some of these stops become part of our collective consciousness. Sandra Bland was arrested while driving through Texas and then died in her jail cell three days later. Show More Summary

Trump Hates Regulations. What About When They Save Jobs?

This article was written in partnership with InvestigateWest, the nonprofit newsroom for the Pacific Northwest. President Trump likes lobster, I hear—Maine lobster was served at his inaugural lunch. It’s a good thing, perhaps. Though...Show More Summary

Are Toxic Blobs of Palm Oil Poisoning Our Pets?

It’s hard to know where it began. But one of the first recorded cases was in Cornwall, England, on the dog-friendly beach of Long Rock near the Strait of Dover. Coincidentally, this is also the busiest shipping lane in the world. It was October 2013 and the black-haired mini-schnauzer, Zanzi, was out for a walk with his owners. Show More Summary

Climate Change Would Be the Perfect Target of Jeff Bezos’ Philanthropic Plans

It’s been a big week for Jeff Bezos: Friday morning we found out that Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. It seems like just the latest move in the “Jeff Bezos wants to take over the world” files, as Will Oremus wroteShow More Summary

Even Moving to Mars Has Become Political (and Depressing)

Deep in the sunken place of Elon Musk’s Twitter mentions, a political proxy war is playing out over one of the few things I thought was safe—the age-old, universal, nonserious lament that if shit gets real here on Earth, we can just move to Mars. Show More Summary

The Trump Response to the Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Isn’t Denial. It’s Evasion.

America is out of the Paris Agreement, and although that might be the best option for the future of the Earth, all things considered, it still is a terrible indicator of our prospects for fighting climate change. Currently, cities and...Show More Summary

A Second Chance for Anna Stubblefield

In 2015, former Rutgers philosophy professor Anna Stubblefield was found guilty of raping a mute young man with cerebral palsy. Last week, a three-judge panel overturned that conviction, ruling that the judge in Stubblefield’s original trial unfairly excluded evidence related to the man’s capacity to give consent. Show More Summary

Bad Footnotes Can Be Deadly

The New York Times reported last week that 59,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, in the latest sign that America’s prescription painkiller epidemic is only getting worse. Yet the more shocking news about the scourge of opioids...Show More Summary

Trump’s Pick for DOJ Top Environmental Attorney Has a Vast Anti-Climate Record

This story originally appeared on InsideClimate News and is republished here with permission. Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team...Show More Summary

Indulge Your Climate Rage in Fantasy

In 2010, I began work on a novel set in a time I was certain would be looked upon as one of the most embarrassing periods of the climate change “debate”: the George W. Bush era. The novel, set at South Pole Station and the West Antarctic...Show More Summary

Fake Moos

This nation has a problem with fake milk—a crisis, even. “Dairy farmers are facing a serious financial crisis,” wrote 34 members of Congress in a letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration last December. Americans’ milk consumption is in a decadeslong downward slide. Show More Summary

How People Fought the USSR’s Descent Into Pseudoscience

Reprinted (in modified form) with permission from How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution, by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut, published by the University of Chicago Press. Show More Summary

Dakota Access Pipeline Will Start Operating Without a Proper Oil Spill

This piece is republished with permission from InsideClimate News, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national news outlet. Oil began flowing through the controversial Dakota Access pipeline starting Thursday, but there is still no oil spill response...Show More Summary

The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

One terrible game to play during this presidency is to assess the actual cost of the damage Donald Trump will have wrought by the time he’s done being president. How many people will lose their health insurance? How many Americans will...Show More Summary

Trump’s Climate Decision Is a Reminder of Whom He Listens To

President Trump will announce his decision on whether to isolate the United States by breaking our commitment to the Paris climate change agreement. He announced his plans via Twitter over the weekend and reiterated them Wednesday morning. Show More Summary

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