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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Look! In The Sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! AND THEY'RE ON FIRE! Oh Wait, It's a Blood Moon.

The Blood Moon starts at 10:11pm ET! You can watch it live here. Or you can go outside and look at it IRL. But you won't do that because you're an internet shut-in. No judgment! What is a Blood Moon? It is not the end of the world. It is, well, let this video explain:

China's Climate Plan Isn't Crazy and Might Actually Work

Today Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama are planning to jointly announce long-awaited details of China's plan to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution. The plan, which...Show More Summary

The Feds Have a Secret Plan to Stop the Next Car Pollution Scandal

Days after Volkswagen admitted that half a million cars it sold in the US contained software enabling them to evade clean air laws, top Environmental Protection Agency officials said they are planning to toughen emissions testing for all automakers. Show More Summary

Did Pope Francis Soften His Climate Message for Congress?

In the run-up to Pope Francis' address to Congress today, there was a lot of speculation about how his climate change message would play in a chamber where action on climate often goes to die. Most of the pontiff's positions on global...Show More Summary

How Scientific Are the US Dietary Guidelines?

Later this year, the US government is set to unveil its new dietary guidelines—advice on what Americans should eat to stay healthy. The guidelines, once known as the Food Pyramid, are updated every five years and are hugely influential:...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Opposes the Keystone Pipeline

Hillary Clinton has long declined to take a position on whether or not the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That just changed. At a campaign event Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton came out against...Show More Summary

Which States Are the Most Obese?

Bulging waistlines have become the new normal in the United States, according to Monday's State of Obesity report. Though only five states saw increases in adult obesity last year, researchers noted little improvement to the nation's...Show More Summary

Volkswagen’s Shares Veer off Cliff After Automaker Admits it Cheated Pollution Tests

Bloomberg Investors severely punished Volkswagen when trading opened on Monday morning in Europe, driving the German automaker's stock price off a cliff. The steep decline comes after the US Environmental Protection Agency accused the company of evading federal clean air laws, and its CEO was forced to apologize. Show More Summary

Antibiotics Are Spreading Like Crazy—and a Lot of Them Are About to Stop Working

In 1945, Sir Alexander Fleming won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin, which transformed modern medicine. Later that year, the bacteriologist issued a prescient warning: The miracle medicine could one day come with dangerous side effects. Show More Summary

The Feds Just Accused Volkswagen of an Unbelievable Scheme to Evade Pollution Laws

Volkswagen produced hundreds of thousands of cars with a device made to intentionally evade air pollution standards, according to a citation issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA alleges that nearly 500,000 VWShow More Summary

This Catholic Congressman Is Boycotting Pope Francis’s Speech to Congress

When Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress next Thursday, there's a pretty good chance he'll talk about climate change, one of his favorite subjects of late. Paul Gosar, a Republican Congressman from Arizona, is not happy...Show More Summary

David Letterman's New Job: Fight Back Against the Global Warming Deniers

Stephen Colbert is great, sure, but we were all sad to see David Letterman leave late-night TV this spring. Fortunately, he's not gone forever: The National Geographic Channel announced yesterday that Letterman will appear as a special...Show More Summary

A Third of American Kids Will Eat Fast Food Today

Every day, more than a third of children in the United States eat fast food. A new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention also showed that teens eat twice as much fast food as younger children; on average, 17 percent...Show More Summary

2015 Will Probably Be the Hottest Year on Record

Another day, another smashed temperature record. Earlier this week, a trio of independent analyses by scientists in the UK, Japan, and the US found that global temperatures over the summer were among the highest on record. Wednesday, US scientists announced that sea ice extent in the Arctic shrunk to its fourth-lowest minimum ever this summer. Show More Summary

Here's What the Drivers of the GOP Clown Car Are Saying About Climate Change

The second Republican primary debate is tonight. It should be fun. It's supposed to focus on foreign policy, so it could be an excellent opportunity to examine the global implications of climate change. What's more, three of the show's...Show More Summary

For the First Time, the United States Will Actually Try to Waste Less Food

Each year, Americans throw away about a third of the country's food supply. But today, the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency announced the country's first-ever food waste reduction goal, calling for a fifty percent reduction by 2030. Frankly, this is huge news. Show More Summary

The Last Time California Was This Dry, People Thought the Sun Revolved Around the Earth

California's historic drought may be even more exceptional than we thought. In a study published yesterday, scientists made a startling discovery about the severity of California's dry spell: They estimated that the Sierra Nevada mountain range's snowpack levels this year are the lowest they've been for 500 years. Show More Summary

We're Obliterating Global Temperature Records, and There's No End in Sight

One after another, each of 2015's summer months have been among the hottest ever recorded on Earth. And a trio of new studies out this week, from three different countries, confirms that temperature records just keep tumbling—falling...Show More Summary

America's 25 Top Restaurant Chains, Ranked by Antibiotic Use

Heads up, meat eaters: A new report has rated the antibiotic use in the meat of 25 top fast food or "fast casual" restaurants, and the results are, well, concerning. The report, by Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources DefenseShow More Summary

This Video Shows What It's Like to Drive Through California's Raging Valley Fire

Hellish new video has emerged from the heart of California's Valley Fire, which turned vicious over the weekend, destroying an estimated 400 homes and 20 businesses in Lake County, northeast of wine country and Santa Rosa. While notShow More Summary

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