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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Is This the Beginning of the End of Junk Food at Stadiums?

Blueberries, avocados, and kale, fresh-picked for salads and small plates. Rows of water-saving aeroponic towers that grow as many as 44 veggie plants each. Fertilizer made from coffee a baseball field? That's right: Below...Show More Summary

If You Think Climate Politics In the US Are Crazy, Wait Till You See What Just Happened in Australia

Hold on to your hats! Australia's already-bizarre carbon price adventures veered into the utterly surreal overnight. Picture this: an eccentric billionaire mining baron, most famous outside Australia for commissioning a replica of the...Show More Summary

How the Sweetener Industry Sugar-Coats Science

Food companies have spent billions of dollars to cover up the link between sugar consumption and health problems. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). From...Show More Summary

Is Your Cereal Giving You a Vitamin Overdose?

Those bran flakes with "original antioxidants" or "extra vitamin A"? You might be better off without the added nutrients. A report released on Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that cereals and snack bars that have...Show More Summary

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You're Old

Risky Business One of the main difficulties in getting people to care about climate change is that it can be hard to notice on a daily basis. But the prospect of sweating profusely through your golden years? That's more arresting. If...Show More Summary

What Does "Natural" Mean?

Last year, according to Nielsen, foods labeled "natural" generated $43 billion in sales. That's more than five times the figure for foods carrying an "organic" label ($8.9 billion). A new Consumer Reports survey of 1,000 people found...Show More Summary

Weather-Sensitive Watering, and 4 Other Simple Fixes for California's Drought

There's been a lot of scary news on the drought front lately. In the midst of its third dry year in a row (and what's shaping up to be the driest in 500 years), California faces worsening wildfires and drinking water shortages. The state will likely have to rely on dirty and costly fossil fuels instead of hydropower for energy. Show More Summary

Don't Believe Anything You Read About Pomegranate Juice

In ancient Greek mythology, pomegranates symbolized death. They were certainly a source of grief for Coca-Cola on Thursday morning, when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the pomegranate juice company POM Wonderful can sue Coke...Show More Summary

Watch Live: Can China Survive a Fracking Revolution? The United States Sure Hopes So.

Watch live streaming video from asiasociety at China is on the brink of an energy revolution: fracking. And it's enlisting American energy companies to help implement the technology that blasts shale rock formations deep underground to unlock natural gas. Show More Summary

Has This Chilean Architect Figured Out How To Fix Slums?

In the United States, we tend to think of the suburbs as the historic domain of the middle class. It's where the boomers went after fleeing the cities to accommodate their growing families (although the demographics of the suburbs are...Show More Summary

SunnyD's New Teen Energy Drink Has More Calories Than Coke

From the people who brought you the "fruit-flavored beverage" SunnyD comes a brand new product: SunnyD X, a caffeine- and taurine-free energy drink just for teens. For now, it's available only in convenience stores in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Show More Summary

Californians Want to Fix the Drought—Without Spending Any Money

Californians agree their state's drought is a big problem, but they're not enthused about spending money to alleviate it. That's one of the takeaways from a just-released University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times poll. Some...Show More Summary

How Much Cleaner Will Obama's Climate Rules Make Your State?

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out the centerpiece of President Obama's climate strategy—a plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants. The main takeaway was that by 2030 the regulations will cut these emissions, the biggest single driver of global warming, by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. Show More Summary

North Carolina Softens Proposed Penalties for Disclosing Fracking Chemicals—But Doctors or Firefighters Can Still Face Criminal Charges

North Carolina lawmakers have softened a controversial bill that would have made it a felony to disclose the chemicals used in fracking. Under the version of the law that passed the state legislature on Thursday, the offense has been knocked down to a misdemeanor. Show More Summary

WATCH: This Thunderstorm Time Lapse Is Absolutely Nuts

Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...OH JESUS LORD GOD, NO, THE GATES OF ANOTHER DIMENSION ARE OPENING! Some epic structure by Clareton, WY several hours ago!!! #wywx #weather — Basehunters Chasing...Show More Summary

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process. North Carolina isn't on that...Show More Summary

VIDEO: Is the BP Oil Spill Cleanup Still Making People Sick?

After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when an oil rig explosion sent five million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the company behind the spill, BP, went swiftly into damage-control mode. One of its first steps was...Show More Summary

That Amazing 'Solar Roadways' Project Has a Working Prototype

Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways,"a system of modular solar panels that could be paved directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, "literally any surface under...Show More Summary

This Year's Wildfires Could Incinerate the Nation's Fire Budget

The upcoming wildfire season could cost $400 million more to fight than the Forest Service and Interior Department have in their available budgets, according to a report those agencies released today. The forecast estimates that theShow More Summary

Virginia Oil Tanker Derailment: "The River Was On Fire"

On Wednesday afternoon, a CSX train carrying crude oil jumped its tracks in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, sending three tankers careening into the James River with a fiery load; it was the second derailment for the company this year....Show More Summary

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