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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

This Video From the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Is Absolutely Nuts. A Total War Zone.

Last night, a group of activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline were met by law enforcement and pipeline security agents, and the situation quickly spiraled out of hand. As Mother Jones' Wes Enzinna reported from the scene: An...Show More Summary

The World’s Largest Coal Company Just Filed for Bankruptcy

These are truly dark days for coal. The year started off badly for the industry when Arch Coal, the second-biggest coal producer in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. That announcement was swiftly followed by more: China said it...Show More Summary

What the Lunch Ladies Didn't Tell You

Cast your mind back to your high school cafeteria, and recall that feeling of having a tray full of tater tots, greyish Salisbury steak, and lime Jello and trying to find a friendly place to sit. Excruciating, right? Impressive, then,...Show More Summary

Here’s Something Else Donald Trump Is Totally Wrong About

The only way to stop climate change is to drastically reduce, and ultimately eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions. If you want to know how well we're doing on that goal, a good place to start is the Environmental Protection Agency's official GHG database. Show More Summary

Scott Baio Has Important Thoughts About Science

You may remember Scott Baio from sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, as well as the classic Charles in Charge. A few weeks ago, Baio endorsed Donald Trump to be America's next president because, as he told Fox News...Show More Summary

The Feds Just Issued an Earthshaking Report About Fracking

Oklahomans have always had to deal with tornadoes, wildfires, and ice storms. But now residents of the Sooner State are facing a new threat: damaging earthquakes. For the first time, the US Geological Survey has included "human-induced" earthquakes in its seismic hazard forecast. Show More Summary

We've Barely Begun to Tap the Sun’s Mighty Power

It seems like every few weeks there's some new measurement of how successful solar power is in the United States. In early March, industry analysts found that solar is poised for its biggest year ever, with total installations growing 119 percent by the end of 2016. Show More Summary

Area Short-Fingered Vulgarian “Not a Big Believer” in Climate Change

On Monday the Washington Post editorial board published a full transcript of its meeting with Donald Trump. It's worth reading in full, if only because reading Trump's unedited words, as opposed to hearing them spoken out loud, is an especially mind-blowing tour-de-force of nonsense. Show More Summary

Stop Using Science to Justify Your Boozing

Reddit, via Giphy Drinking a little bit of alcohol is good for you, right? That, at least, is the conventional wisdom lurking in the back of your mind as you nurse your second glass of wine on a Tuesday night. And it's indeed true that dozens of studies have reported health benefits from consuming a moderate amount of booze. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Really Regrets Saying She’d Put Coal Miners Out of Work

Last weekend, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton made an unexpectedly strong statement about her intentions for coal country. As I reported: Speaking in Ohio about her plans to revitalize coal country, Clinton said,...Show More Summary

SeaWorld Announces It Will Finally Stop Breeding Killer Whales

On Thursday, SeaWorld announced it is ending its controversial killer whale breeding program this year. The move, which was announced in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, follows years of mounting public backlash...Show More Summary

Clinton Says She'll "Put a Lot of Coal Companies and Coal Miners Out of Business"

Just one day after Hillary Clinton issued a lengthy apology for a controversial comment she made about Nancy Reagan's contribution to the fight against AIDS, the Democractic front-runner made another unforced error during a CNN townShow More Summary

Why Are So Many Women Getting Unnecessary Mastectomies?

Many American women with breast cancer undergo a mastectomy to remove the affected breast, but a growing number are opting to remove the noncancerous breast, too—a surgery known as contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). A new study...Show More Summary

Here's How to Trick Your Brain Into Eating Better

Trying to shed a few pounds? Forget the fad diets, says food psychologist Brian Wansink. Instead, he recommends following his scientifically proven advice: If you serve yourself dinner on a small plate instead of a big one, for example, you'll end up eating less. Show More Summary

The US Solar Market Is Growing Ridiculously Fast

At the end of 2015, the solar industry experienced something of a Christmas miracle when Congress unexpectedly extended a package of vital tax credits for renewable energy that were set to expire. Overnight, 2016 went from looking like...Show More Summary

The Doctor and the Mom Who Helped Expose the Flint Crisis Just Won a Major Award

Two women profiled by Mother Jones for helping to expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, will receive awards from the prominent free speech and literary group PEN America. The organization announced today that it will grant Freedom...Show More Summary

This New Solar Cell Is 50 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair

This is really cool: Big brains at MIT recently announced they have created the world's thinnest and lightest solar cell—so light it can sit atop a soap bubble without breaking it. The world-first design is, however, eye-popping: The...Show More Summary

These Cities Are Falling Behind in the Fight Against Climate Change

The headline negotiations during the Paris climate summit in December were between national governments: What would China, the United States, and other big emitters be willing to do? But just outside the spotlight, some of the most optimistic...Show More Summary

China Slashes Coal Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the Second Year in a Row

China is continuing to drag itself off coal—the dirty energy source that has made it the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter. Figures published Sunday night by China's National Bureau of Statistics showed coal consumption dropping...Show More Summary

This GOP Congressman’s Crusade Against Scientists Just Got Even More Insane

Congressman Lamar Smith's crusade against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration keeps getting weirder. Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, suspects that NOAA scientists may...Show More Summary

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