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The First Lawsuit Against Obama's New Coal Limits Just Got Filed

In December 2012, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., dismissed a suit by the company behind a proposed new coal plant in Texas that sought to block new carbon dioxide pollution limits on power plants proposed by the EPA. The court's reasoning was that any appeal would have to wait until after the rules were finalized, not simply proposed. Show More Summary

How Wall Street Can Solve the Climate Crisis

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they're solar panels, protective seawalls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the UN's climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate...Show More Summary

"Breathtaking": The White House Releases Its Climate Heavy Hitter on the Polar Vortex

Last week, amid the media furor over the "polar vortex," the White House did something pretty unusual. It released a highly produced scientific video entitled, "The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes." In the video, White House science adviser and physicist John Holdren dismantles silly claims that cold weather refutes global warming. Show More Summary

How the West Virginia Spill Exposes Our Lax Chemical Laws

The West Virginia chemical spill that left some 300,000 people without access to water has exposed a gaping hole in the country's chemical regulatory system, according to environmental experts. Much the state remains under a drinking water advisory after the spill last week into the Elk River near a water treatment facility. Show More Summary

Planet-Hunter: We'll Find An "Earth 2.0" Within "10 or 15 Years"

Last week, a team of astronomers at the Gemini Planet Imager in Chile released the mysterious blue image above. That small bright dot in the lower right of the image is a planet—not a planet in our solar system like Mars or Neptune, but one 63 light-years away. Show More Summary

What Do We Know About the Chemical that Just Spilled in West Virginia?

The chemical that leaked yesterday into a West Virginia river "hasn't been studied very well," says Deborah Blum, a New York Times science columnist who specializes in reporting on chemistry. A state of emergency was declared for nine West Virginia counties yesterday after a chemical called 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol spilled into the Elk River. Show More Summary

New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off

The United States has long been known to have one of the most expensive hospital systems in the world, and now a new study indicates that hospitals are overcharging patients for medical services. According to the study published Monday...Show More Summary

Check Out This Shocking Map of California's Drought

â?? NASA GRACE Data Assimilation. Click to embiggen. While the country's appetite for extreme weather news was filled (to the brim) this week by the polar vortex, spare a thought for sunny California, where exceptionally dry weather is provoking fears of a long, tough summer ahead. The state is facing what could be its worst drought in four decades. Show More Summary

Brrrr: Incredible Photos of the Polar Vortex

The polar vortex sweeping across the country has pulled 187 million Americans into the grips of crazy cold weather, snarled travel, forced an early orange harvest, and heated up the climate debate. It is also producing some amazing photography, from professionals and amateurs alike. Show More Summary

Why the Arctic is Drunk Right Now

Perhaps the best analogy yet for the insane cold weather now afflicting the US came from science blogger Greg Laden, who created the viral image above. "Go home, Arctic," it reads. "You're drunk." When it comes to the reason why theShow More Summary

Dear Donald Trump: Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming

An intense blizzard, appropriately named Hercules, is about to blanket the Northeast. Antarctic ice locked in a Russian ship containing a team of scientists—en route, no less, to do climate research. Record low temperatures have been...Show More Summary

California Is Giving Tesla Another Huge Tax Break. Good Move.

This story originally appear on Slate and is reproduced here as part of the ClimateDesk collaboration. This is going to drive the Tesla-haters crazy. The luxury electric-car maker is getting a huge new tax break from California, SFGate reports. Show More Summary

Science Says: Cocktails Could Protect You From Getting Sick

With the onslaught of holiday parties upon us, a bad case of the sniffles could threaten your merrymaking. Luckily science has swooped in with the jolliest solution of all: You can boost your immune system, a new study claims, by drinking...Show More Summary

5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows

In addition to the old standbys of corn, soy, hay (and, uh, drugs), "There's a lot of stuff which the general public might not think of as feeds which are actually quite common," says Cory Parsons, a livestock nutrition expert at Oregon State University. Show More Summary

The Big Sur Fire is Just The Latest Sign of Longer Fire Seasons

The fire currently burning in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Calif., isn't particularly large: As of the latest Forest Service report, it has burned 769 acres and is 20 percent contained. Nor is it particularly damaging: So far, 22 buildings or structures have been destroyed by the fire. Show More Summary

Global Warming as Haiku

Recently at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, a number of climate researchers and communications specialists sounded off about the problems involved in conveying climate science information to the public. Show More Summary

We’re Still Losing Ice at the Poles

This story first appeared on Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. One of the key indicators and consequences of global warming is ice loss at the Earth's poles. As the planet warms, on average and over time, every summer more ice melts. Show More Summary

Pushing Poor People to the Suburbs Is Bad for the Environment

This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In recent years, an overhyped counterrevolution has emerged in America. Millennials from the suburbs and their empty-nester parents have been flocking to certain desirable urban neighborhoods. Show More Summary

This Interactive Map Shows Exactly How Hot Your Hometown Will Get

Climate scientists are fond of global models that try to answer how much the whole planet is going to warm up in a given time period. That's all well and good, but it doesn't do much for a mayor or city planner trying to prepare for the future in her own city. Show More Summary

Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger? Science May Finally Be Approaching An Answer.

For more than a decade, the question of how global warming is affecting the scariest storms on the planet—hurricanes—has been shot through with uncertainty. The chief reason is technological: In many parts of the world, storm strengths are estimated solely based on satellite images. Show More Summary

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