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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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California Democrats Wanted to Save the World. They Just Caved to Big Oil

It appears I was a bit too bullish on the prospects for historic new climate legislation in California. Yesterday, Democrats in the state legislature caved to pressure from the powerful oil industry and dropped a critical piece of the...Show More Summary

Obama's Climate Plan Just Won Another Key Victory in Court

Last year, President Barack Obama released an early version of his plan to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—the cornerstone of his climate change agenda. Right away, a dozen coal-reliant states and coal companies fired back with a pair of lawsuits aimed at blocking the plan from going into effect. Show More Summary

Everything You Need to Know About California Climate Change in One Chart

You've heard a lot about California's current historic drought. But the state is also experiencing some of the hottest temperatures on record, and the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show just how warm the past couple years have been. Show More Summary

President Obama Eats a Half-Mauled Salmon Carcass in Alaska and Likes It Very Much

President Obama recently returned from a three-day trip to Alaska and the Arctic to push his climate agenda, but not before recording a clip for the reality TV show Running Wild with Bear Grylls for NBC. Grylls is the irrepressible British...Show More Summary

Kids Who Breathe More Pollution Have Lower Grades

A growing body of evidence suggests pollution can do a number on the brain. The July/August Mother Jones cover story chronicled the research connecting neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to the dirty air we breathe; studies have found that pollution may also age the brain prematurely. Show More Summary

California Is About to Ban Those Little Pieces of Plastic In Your Toothpaste and Face Scrub

On Friday, the California Senate passed legislation that will ban the sale of microbeads—â??those colorful bits of plastic that you find in face scrub, body wash, and toothpaste—in personal care products by 2020. Though a handful ofShow More Summary

California Is Fining a Company That's Supplied Starbucks' Bottled Water—for Making the Drought Worse

Sugar Pine Spring Water, a California company that has supplied bottled water to Starbucks, was hit on Tuesday with a complaint and draft cease-and-desist order by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for alleged illegal diversion and bulk delivery of water in 2014 and 2015. Show More Summary

Groundbreaking HIV Drug Halts New Infections

A new study published Tuesday in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows a HIV-prevention treatment may have been successful at preventing new cases of the disease. The regimen, which is called preexposure prophylaxix (or PrEP),...Show More Summary

3 Hurricanes Are Hitting the Pacific at the Same Time, and the View From Space Is Amazing

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are marveling at a particularly awesome view from orbit right now. This week marks the first time that three major hurricanes—dubbed Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena—have been captured simultaneously churning across the Pacific Ocean, according to the United Kingdom's Met Office. Show More Summary

New Study Finds That Humans Should Kill Smaller, Younger Animals

When it comes to food, humans gravitate to the biggest item on the menu: overstuffed turkeys, 1,000-pound sturgeons, the fattest burger. But a new study in Science shows how our obsession with taking down the biggest prey is damaging...Show More Summary

There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies

The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written fifteen years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating theirShow More Summary

The FDA Just Approved "Viagra for Women"

More than 17 years after it ushered in Viagra, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first women's sex-drive drug, flibanserin, earlier today. Sprout Pharmaceuticals will manufacture the drug, which they've named Addyi, and sell...Show More Summary

California Is on Fire. This Map Shows Where.

On August 17, 2013—two years ago today—a deer hunter near California's Yosemite National Park ignored a campfire ban and burned trash from his dinner. The embers blew into dry brush, starting the third worst wildfire in the state's history. Show More Summary

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows

The earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction, and die-offs are happening more quickly than ever before. In a little over a century, the world has said goodbye to more than 400 species—and many biologists believe this is just the beginning. Show More Summary

Los Angeles Just Found an Awesome Way to Fight the Drought. It Involves Balls. Here Is a Video.

On Monday afternoon, the mayor of Los Angeles found a ballsy way to fight California's unprecedented drought: LA just completed a project at the LA Reservoir to save 300 million gallons of water by deploying shade balls on its surface,...Show More Summary

Here's Another Vital Conversation That Donald Trump Is Ruining

Albert H. Teich/Shutterstock This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Over at Vox, David Roberts investigates Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's views on climate change and finds that they are thoughtful, nuanced, and carefully grounded in science. Kidding, kidding. Show More Summary

9 Supermarket Staples That Were Created by the Military

Go down an aisle in your supermarket and pick up a packaged item. Chances are, the contents of that can, bag, box, or pouch were designed in a US military building in the suburbs of Boston. According to Anastacia Marx de Salcedo's insightful...Show More Summary

Scott Walker Thinks Obama’s Climate Plan Will Jack Up Your Electric Bill. He’s Wrong.

Today President Barack Obama released the final version of his signature climate plan, which sets new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. Each state has a unique target, custom-built for its particular mix of energy sources. Show More Summary

The HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer. So Why Aren't Most Teens Getting It?

According to latest National Immunization Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday, around 60 percent of teenage girls and 78 percent of teenage boys haven't received all three of the recommended doses...Show More Summary

Watch Activists Dangle Off a Portland Bridge to Block Shell's Arctic-Bound Ship

Environmental activists have taken to kayak, chain, and even rocking chair to slow down Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer. For the past two days, they took their protest to a new extreme. Early Wednesday morning, around a dozen Greenpeace activists rappelled off a bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. Show More Summary

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