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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leakedShow More Summary

Earthquake Warning Systems Exist. But California Won't Pay for One.

As Bay Area residents clean their streets and homes after the biggest earthquake to hit California in 25 years rocked Napa Valley this weekend, scientists are pushing lawmakers to fund a statewide system that could warn citizens about...Show More Summary

5 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Your Breakfast

Welcome to the worst breakfast-related crisis since Lord of the Rings: There might be an impending Nutella shortage. And there's a good chance the culprit is climate change. The price of hazelnuts, a main ingredient in the deliciousShow More Summary

Drought Weighing You Down? Nope, It's Lifting You Up

Here's a odd piece of news: According to a study published Thursday in Science, the water loss due to this year's drought has caused the entire western side of the United States to literally rise. After examining data from nearly 800...Show More Summary

Should Pregnant Women Eat Zero Tuna?

Food-safety experts at Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on mercury levels in seafood—and they have a new recommendation for pregnant women: Don't eat tuna at all. The FDA recommends that pregnant and nursing women consume between 8 and 12 ounces of fish per week to provide proper nutrition for a baby's brain development and overall health. Show More Summary

How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid, in 4 Charts

A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about a quarter of a million dollars in child-rearing expenses over the next 18 years, according to a new report from the USDA. Costs such as housing, food, transportation,...Show More Summary

Are Your Kids' Rainbow Bracelets Toxic?

Bracelets and other trinkets made on the wildly popular Rainbow Loom—a toy that allows kids to weave together brightly colored elastic bands—could contain cancer-causing chemicals, a British laboratory has found. In a study commissioned...Show More Summary

Video: "Holy Shit!" Freak Baby-Twister Stuns Brooklyn's Hipster Beach

The weekend peace and quiet of McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York—sometimes dubbed the "hipster beach" by locals—was shattered on Sunday afternoonâ?? by a strange, towering metrological visitor. And also by the howls of my friend Michael Gambale, who took this video, yelling like the world was fast coming to an end. Show More Summary

Shorter Trees Could Make Peaches Cheaper

When it comes to peach and nectarine trees, bigger isn't necessarily better. An orchard worker can spend as much as half of his or her day lugging around the ladders required to reach the branches of a typical 13-foot tree. Plus, the...Show More Summary

Humans Have Tripled Mercury in the Oceans

On Thursday, researchers released the first comprehensive study of mercury in the world's oceans over time according to depth. Their finding: Since the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels and some mining activities have resulted in a more than three times increase in mercury in the upper 100 meters (about 330 feet) of the ocean. Show More Summary

Wildfires Cause Nearly a Fifth of Manmade Carbon Emissions

Wildfires are raging around the western United States: As of yesterday, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling 20 fires in Oregon and California. Another fire in Washington state recently grew to cover more than 8,000 acres. While...Show More Summary

A Picture of Your Leg Hair Can Give Away Your Identity

It's hard to forget Tom Cruise replacing his eyeballs in Minority Report. But in the future, that might not be enough to keep him hidden from the law. A few days ago, scientists at MIT announced they can listen in on conversations by videotaping a potato chip bag sitting next to the speakers. Show More Summary

Your House Is Killing You: Couch Edition

Couch potatoes take heed: Sofas and beds, like so many other household items we hear about these days, might be messing with our bodies. See more MoJo coverage on fire retardants Your Couch May Be Killing You Should You Ditch Your Chemical...Show More Summary

The Minnesota Vikings' New Stadium Will Be a"Death Trap" For Birds

The Minnesota Vikings' new football stadium was supposed to be a point of pride for fans. The $1 billion state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is set to be completed in 2016, and will put the crumbling Hubert H. Show More Summary

Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF

California, the producer of half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, is experiencing its third-worst drought on record. The dry spell is expected to cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and farmers are digging into groundwater supplies to keep their crops alive. Show More Summary

LA's Crappy Old Pipes Mean More Epic Floods Are Coming

Yesterday at around 3:30 pm, a water main burst near the campus of UCLA in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. It gushed for nearly three hours, sending water as high as 30 feet into the air and flooding campus—cars' wheels were submerged, the brand-new basketball court was covered in standing water, eager students brought boogie boards. Show More Summary

US Coal Exports Have Erased All The CO2 Savings From the Fracking Boom

The domestic fracking boom has been widely celebrated as a godsend in the fight against climate change. In 2007, cheap natural gas began replacing dirtier coal as the fuel of choice in US power plants. By 2012, the switchover was annually saving an estimated 86 million tons of CO2, the carbon equivalent of taking 21 million cars off the road. Show More Summary

Obama Is About to Give You the Right to Unlock Your Phone

Ever wondered why you can't transfer your old phone to a new carrier? The practice, known as cell phone unlocking, is illegal. It probably won't surprise you that in the '90s, wireless carriers—who, for obvious reasons, wanted everyone...Show More Summary

PETA's Five Most Tone-Deaf Stunts

Proving once again PETA is unfamiliar with how to a deliver meaningful publicity campaign, the animal rights group is now looking to score a win off poor people's thirst. Some background: The bankrupt city of Detroit has been shutting...Show More Summary

You'd Scream, Too, If You Were This Close to a Collapsing Iceberg

Climate change is melting ice at both ends of the planet—just ask the researchers who published two papers in May saying that a major expanses of antarctic ice are now undergoing a "continuous and rapid retreat" and may have "passedShow More Summary

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