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EPA: Low Oil Prices Will Make Keystone XL A Climate Nightmare

Earlier today the Environmental Protection Agency released a letter that one of its top officials sent yesterday to the State Department, weighing in on the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter is part of a last round ofShow More Summary

We Have Some Good News For You About the Koala That Was Burned in the Fire

After a series of devastating bushfires ripped through Australia earlier this month, volunteers across the world quickly came to the rescue with custom-knitted mittens for the burned paws of koalas (way too many volunteers, it turns out). Show More Summary

Attention Sunday Shows: Here Are 5 Republicans Who Won't Lie to Your Viewers About Climate Change

On Wednesday, I wrote about a new Media Matters for America study that shines a light on a big problem with how TV news shows cover climate change. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans are warming the planet, but Media Matters...Show More Summary

The Senate Just Approved Keystone XL

The Senate has been a very busy bunch of beavers over the last month. After just a week of being in session, they had already taken more votes than they did in all of 2014. It's all thanks to the Keystone XL pipeline, which has beenShow More Summary

This Chart Shows That Americans Are Way Out of Step With Scientists on Pretty Much Everything

Here's one big reason why the US has been so slow to take aggressive action on climate change: Despite the wide consensus among scientists that it's real and caused by humans, the general public—not to mention a disconcerting number of prominent politicians—remains divided. It's not just climate change. Show More Summary

6 Terrifying Facts About Measles

The current outbreak of measles that began in California has sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The California Department of Health has issued an official warning that "Any place where large numbers of peopleShow More Summary

This Map Shows Why The Midwest Is Screwed

The ongoing drought in California has been, among other things, a powerful lesson in how vulnerable America's agricultural sector is to climate change. Even if that drought wasn't specifically caused by man-made global warming, scientists...Show More Summary

Obama's Trip to India Shortened His Life by 6 Hours

Over the weekend President Barack Obama was in India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on nuclear power, trade, climate change, and other topics. The climate piece was, if not necessarily a letdown, certainly less exciting than Obama's wide-reaching deal with China in November. Show More Summary

This Is Not a Drill: 29 Million Brace for Massive, Historic Snowstorm

After a few months of mild weather, today and tomorrow the East Coast is in for one hell of a snowstorm. Twenty-nine million people from New Jersey to Maine are under a blizzard alert. Here's the latest snow forecast for the Boston region from the National Weather Service: Looks like @NWSBoston is all in. Show More Summary

One Perfect Tweet Sums Up Why Climate Denial in Congress Is So Dangerous

Here's the good news: Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that says "climate change is real and not a hoax." Good work, ladies and gentlemen! Glad we got that on the record, only...Show More Summary

Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? The Answer May Lie in Your Twitter Stream

Of the many illnesses that plague Americans, heart disease is the deadliest—and one of the toughest to predict. Epidemiologists have long used surveys and clinical data to tease out genetic factors from lifestyle risks such as diet, smoking, and stress, with little success. Show More Summary

No, You Shouldn't Let Fears of a Scary Nervous System Disease Stop You From Getting a Flu Shot

Despite abundant evidence that flu vaccines are safe and effective, only about a third of Americans get the shots each season. Public health experts believe that one reason for the low immunization rates is misinformation about side effects of the vaccine. Show More Summary

Pope Francis: Climate Change Is Real and Humans Are Causing It

Pope Francis made headlines Thursday when he told reporters that he believes climate change is largely caused by humans. "I don't know if it [human activity] is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face," said Francis, according to the Associated Press. Show More Summary

McDonald's Just Recalled One Million Chicken McNuggets For A Super Gross Reason

McDonald's Japan is having a rough start to 2015. Last week, the company apologized after a customer found plastic fragments in an order of Chicken McNuggets, which had been produced at a Cargill factory in Thailand. McDonald's pulled out nearly one million McNuggets from the factory in one day. Show More Summary

Obama's Crackdown on Methane Emissions Is a Really Big Deal

This morning the White House announced a new plan to crack down on the oil and gas industry's emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The move is the last major piece of President Obama's domestic climate agenda, following inShow More Summary

3 Medical Conditions That Bacon Can Cure

As we all know, the internet is obsessed with bacon. Physicians, however, are usually less bullish about the delicious yet notoriously artery-clogging treat. Until now: Over at the medical blog KevinMD, Dr. Jennifer Gunter combs the scientific literature and turns up three actual medical conditions that bacon can help treat: Nosebleeds. Show More Summary

Even Republican Voters Support Regulating Carbon Pollution

If you look at the new Congress, conservative sentiment seems overwhelmingly united against climate action—72 percent of the Senate's Republican caucus reject the science on climate change. But among the voting population, the numbers...Show More Summary

Please, Please Stop Making Mittens for Koalas

After record-breaking fires hit the Adelaide suburbs in South Australia last week, an emergency call went out on social media, which was then quickly picked up by the international news media: Injured koalas need cotton mittens to protect...Show More Summary

Can Monsanto Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change?

At the world's most reviled agriculture company, a big change is taking root that could help farmers—both in the US and around the world—adapt to climate change. As we reported in November, executives at Monsanto are plotting a major move into data and information services within the next decade. Show More Summary

72 Percent of Republican Senators Are Climate Deniers

On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) offered a simple amendment to the controversial bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Sanders' measure, which he proposed to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources...Show More Summary

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