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Obama Just Vetoed the GOP's Keystone Bill

We knew this was coming: About a month after the Senate narrowly passed a bill to force President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the president vetoed the bill Tuesday afternoon, hours after the White House said heShow More Summary

Exploding Oil Trains Could Become a Horrifying New Normal

Last week, a train carrying oil from North Dakota derailed in West Virginia, spilled oil into a river, and sent a horrifying fireball shooting into the sky. The incident came only a few days after another oil train spill in Ontario.Show More Summary

Eat Like A Mongolian, Not Like An American

The world, as a whole, is getting less hungry. Over the past two decades, the levels of undernutrition in developing countries from Sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia have declined. Unfortunately, so has the quality of our diets. That's...Show More Summary

Here's What the Government Thinks You Should Be Eating in 2015

Earlier this week, I wrote about some of the nutrition controversies surrounding the release of new United States Dietary Guidelines in 2015. The Guidelines, which inform public health initiatives, food labels, and what health-conscious...Show More Summary

A Superbug Nightmare Is Playing Out at an LA Hospital

In today's terrifying health news, the LA Times reports that two medical scopes used at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been contaminated with the potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Show More Summary

Is The Government About To Warn America Against Meat?

Every five years, the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) get together to revise their recommendations about what Americans should eat. These guidelines influence doctors' health advice, food labels, the ever evolving food pyramid-turned-plate, and what goes into school lunches. Show More Summary

Bad Man Wants to Ban Bag Bans

Columbia, Mo., is considering a ban on plastic shopping bags. This is good. Plastic bags are wasteful and bad for the environment and generally terrible. They create tons of nasty litter on city streets and can block up recycling facilities. Show More Summary

Obama: Climate Change Is an "Urgent And Growing Threat" To National Security

President Barack Obama listed climate change alongside international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and infectious disease in a new national security strategy plan released today. The plan called climate change "an urgent and...Show More Summary

We Have Some Really Good News About How America Uses Energy

When you read headlines about how Congress is rife with climate change deniers and willing to vote in favor of a massive oil pipeline that could increase greenhouse gas emissions, it's easy to get discouraged about the direction the US is headed on global warming. Show More Summary

EPA: Low Oil Prices Will Make Keystone XL A Climate Nightmare

Earlier today the Environmental Protection Agency released a letter that one of its top officials sent yesterday to the State Department, weighing in on the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter is part of a last round ofShow More Summary

We Have Some Good News For You About the Koala That Was Burned in the Fire

After a series of devastating bushfires ripped through Australia earlier this month, volunteers across the world quickly came to the rescue with custom-knitted mittens for the burned paws of koalas (way too many volunteers, it turns out). Show More Summary

Attention Sunday Shows: Here Are 5 Republicans Who Won't Lie to Your Viewers About Climate Change

On Wednesday, I wrote about a new Media Matters for America study that shines a light on a big problem with how TV news shows cover climate change. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans are warming the planet, but Media Matters...Show More Summary

The Senate Just Approved Keystone XL

The Senate has been a very busy bunch of beavers over the last month. After just a week of being in session, they had already taken more votes than they did in all of 2014. It's all thanks to the Keystone XL pipeline, which has beenShow More Summary

This Chart Shows That Americans Are Way Out of Step With Scientists on Pretty Much Everything

Here's one big reason why the US has been so slow to take aggressive action on climate change: Despite the wide consensus among scientists that it's real and caused by humans, the general public—not to mention a disconcerting number of prominent politicians—remains divided. It's not just climate change. Show More Summary

6 Terrifying Facts About Measles

The current outbreak of measles that began in California has sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The California Department of Health has issued an official warning that "Any place where large numbers of peopleShow More Summary

This Map Shows Why The Midwest Is Screwed

The ongoing drought in California has been, among other things, a powerful lesson in how vulnerable America's agricultural sector is to climate change. Even if that drought wasn't specifically caused by man-made global warming, scientists...Show More Summary

Obama's Trip to India Shortened His Life by 6 Hours

Over the weekend President Barack Obama was in India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on nuclear power, trade, climate change, and other topics. The climate piece was, if not necessarily a letdown, certainly less exciting than Obama's wide-reaching deal with China in November. Show More Summary

This Is Not a Drill: 29 Million Brace for Massive, Historic Snowstorm

After a few months of mild weather, today and tomorrow the East Coast is in for one hell of a snowstorm. Twenty-nine million people from New Jersey to Maine are under a blizzard alert. Here's the latest snow forecast for the Boston region from the National Weather Service: Looks like @NWSBoston is all in. Show More Summary

One Perfect Tweet Sums Up Why Climate Denial in Congress Is So Dangerous

Here's the good news: Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that says "climate change is real and not a hoax." Good work, ladies and gentlemen! Glad we got that on the record, only...Show More Summary

Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? The Answer May Lie in Your Twitter Stream

Of the many illnesses that plague Americans, heart disease is the deadliest—and one of the toughest to predict. Epidemiologists have long used surveys and clinical data to tease out genetic factors from lifestyle risks such as diet, smoking, and stress, with little success. Show More Summary

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