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McDonald's Franchisees: "We Will Continue to Fall and Fail"

McDonald's opened its first franchise in Des Plaines, Ill., 60 years ago today, but its franchisees aren't exactly celebrating. "The future looks very bleak. I'm selling my McDonald's stock," one operator wrote in response to a recent survey of McDonald's franchises across the country, as quoted by Business Insider. Show More Summary

These Popular Clothing Brands Are Cleaning Up Their Chinese Factories

It's well known that the outsourcing of clothing manufacturing to countries with low wages and weak regulations has led to exploitative labor conditions. But many foreign apparel factories also create environmental problems. The industrial...Show More Summary

The FDA Has Some Bad News About Your Kind Bars

Depressing news for all you Kind bar fans: The popular nut and fruit snack, which bills itself as a "healthy and tasty" treat, is actually kind of not healthy at all. According to a letter from the Food and Drug Administration to the...Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Used to Believe In Climate Science. Now He's Running For President.

When the Florida state legislature opened its 2007 session, Speaker Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, took the stage to lay out his priorities for the year. Near the top of his list was a focus on clean energy. "Global warming, dependence...Show More Summary

The Drought Is Behind California's Skyrocketing West Nile Virus Numbers

California's drought isn't bad news for everyone: turns out West Nile Virus has been thriving in the state's parched climate. The California Department of Public Health announced last week that in 2014 it recorded the most cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne illness since it first showed up in the Golden State more than a decade ago. Show More Summary

Another State Agency Just Banned the Words "Climate Change"

The climate change language police just struck again. Last month it was in Florida, where former staffers with the state's Department of Environmental Protection alleged that senior officials, under the direction of Gov. Rick Scott (R),...Show More Summary

Do Your State's Hospitals Serve Big Macs?

Would you like fries with your hospital stay? If so, you're in luck: Many hospitals house fast-food restaurants. Some even offer delivery to patient rooms. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) isn't wild about this...Show More Summary

Breaking: For the First Time, California Is Enforcing Water Restrictions

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state's history. The announcement follows a drought of more than three years, which has officials worrying that Californians mayShow More Summary

Why Leftover Pasta Might Be Healthier Than Fresh

Last week, lovers of rice rejoiced when The Washington Post reported on a simple trick to improve the nutritional value of the food. According to researchers in Sri Lanka, all you have to do is add a fat (they used coconut oil) to the...Show More Summary

Here's What President Obama Just Promised the World in the Fight Against Climate Change

This morning, hours ahead of a looming deadline, the United Stats released its formal submission to the UN in preparation for global climate talks that will take place in Paris later this year. Known as an "intended nationally determined...Show More Summary

The World's Worst Climate Villain Just Showed Us Exactly How to Stop Global Warming

There was a somewhat surprising announcement this week from a country with one of the world's worst climate reputations: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office declared that his government is committed to signing on to the next...Show More Summary

Scientists Can Predict Your City's Obesity Rate by Analyzing Its Sewage

If someone were to ask you what distinguishes skinny cities with from fat ones, you might think of the prevalence of fast food joints, the average length of automobile commutes, or the relative abundance of parks and jogging trails.Show More Summary

Illegal Pot Farms Are Literally Sucking California Salmon Streams Dry

Outlet Creek watershed in Northern California's Mendocino County. Scott Bauer Northern California pot farmers are using up all of the water that normally supports key populations of the region's federally protected salmon and steelhead...Show More Summary

Japan Wants You to Believe That These Coal Plants Will Help the Environment

Japan is at it again. Back in December, the country got caught trying to pass off $1 billion worth of investments in coal-fired power plants in Indonesia as "climate finance"—that is, funding to fight climate change. Coal plants, ofShow More Summary

Should Your State Be Able to Ignore the Nation's Most Important Pollution Law?

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed a bold solution for any state that doesn't like President Barack Obama's flagship plan to slash carbon emissions: Just ignore it. The new rule, issued under the Clean Air Act, aims to reduce the nation's carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030. Show More Summary

Our Meat Obsession May Kill Us. But Not How You Think.

The world is using more antibiotics than ever before—and showing no signs of stopping. A new analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science predicts that worldwide consumption of the drugs will grow 67 percent by 2030. Show More Summary

Bad News for Those of You Who, Like Us, Drank Cheap Wine Each and Every Night of Your 20s

Before you go out drinking tonight, a quick note on cheap wine: Yesterday, a class-action lawsuit was filed against 28 California wineries—including the creators of Trader Joes' Charles Shaw (a.k.a. "Two-Buck Chuck"), Sutter Home's,Show More Summary

Obama Administration Reveals New Federal Rules on Fracking

On Friday, the Obama administration put forth the first major federal standards regulating hydraulic fracturing—the oil and gas extraction technique commonly referred to as fracking. The regulations will, among other things, require companies working on public lands to reveal which chemicals they used in their drilling processes. Show More Summary

Obama Is Ordering the Federal Government to Slash Its Greenhouse Emissions

President Barack Obama will once again use his executive authority to mandate action on climate change, the White House announced this morning. Later today, Obama plans to sign an executive order directing the federal government to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent below 2008 levels within a decade. Show More Summary

Scientists: Ted Cruz's Climate Theories Are a "Load of Claptrap"

Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a probable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, shared his thoughts about climate change with late-night host Seth Meyers (video above). Here's what he said: CRUZ: I just came back from New Hampshire where there's snow and ice everywhere. Show More Summary

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