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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

…But Does a Fire Tornado in Australia Spin the Other Way?

This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last weekend I posted a video taken not too far from where I live showing a "fire tornado"—really a spinning vortex of rising air drawing its power from fire on the ground. Show More Summary

How Do San Franciscans Really Feel About Google Buses?

Earlier this month, the Bay Area Council, a coalition of Bay Area businesses, commissioned EMC Research to ask 500 likely voters in San Francisco how they felt about the much discussed commuter shuttles that take people from The City, Oakland, and Berkeley to tech-company campuses in Silicon Valley. Show More Summary

Like Meat and Beer? Hate Cancer?

Spring is coming. Before long, beer-drinking men and women will be coaxing fiery embers to life and tossing dead animals onto charred metal grates above them. Ahh, the sizzle and snap of fat as it hits red hot coals. Oh no! What's that you say? Carcinogens are caused by the "contact of dripping fat with hot embers"? Fear not, eager human. Show More Summary

GOP Lawmakers Scramble To Court Tesla

Electric vehicle sales in New Jersey ran out of batteries earlier this month, when the Chris Christie administration voted to ban car manufacturers from selling directly to drivers. The companies must now use third-party dealers. The...Show More Summary

This Is the Massive Storm That Is Happening Off the Coast of New England

There is a "hurricane strength" storm happening off the East Coast right now. Wind speeds have reportedly reached 80 mph in New England and 119 mph in the Gulf of Maine. Judging by its wind field—the three-dimensional pattern of winds—the storm could be as much as four times as powerful as Superstorm Sandy. Show More Summary

Outrage Unleashed on Animal Planet's Facebook Page

Part One: Drugs, Death, and Neglect Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet Part Two: How a Coyote Suffered (Photo) Animal Planet Star Was Warned He Was Breaking the Law Also Read: Our Investigation Into Elephant Abuse at Ringling Bros. Upset...Show More Summary

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides Like the One in Washington State More Common

This story originally appeared on the Slate website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The death toll from this weekend's mudslide through Oso, Wash., is still climbing, with more than 100 still listed as missing. The stories emerging are the definition of heart-rending. Show More Summary

Watchdog: Chris Christie's Post-Sandy Proposal for Federal Funds is "a Contradictory Mess"

An environmental watchdog group has slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal for more Superstorm Sandy recovery funds, saying that the plan "conflicts with its own announced projects, ignores known threats, and contains numerous flaws." New Jersey's Office of Emergency Management released the plan early last week. Show More Summary

Now You Can Get Solar Panels at Best Buy

Tim McDonnell There was an era when putting solar panels on your roof was a time- and money-sucking hassle on par with remodeling your kitchen. But the cost of going solar has been dropping fast. The latest signal of the industry's move...Show More Summary

McDonalds' Definition of "Sustainable:" Brought to You by the Beef Industry

In January, McDonald's announced that it will begin the transition to sustainable beef in 2016. The plan was met with skepticism, since it didn't actually define "sustainable." In the weeks that followed, McDonald's continued working...Show More Summary

White House Unveils New Climate Data Project

The story was originally published by The Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The White House today unveiled a new Climate Data Initiative to make government-held data more available to researchers...Show More Summary

Your Coffee Pods' Dirty Secret

Coffee brewing is in the midst of a revolution, and I'm not talking about the AeroPress. It comes in the form of a small 2-by-2-inch single-serving pod that requires a special machine. Keurig, owned by Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee,...Show More Summary

Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking Techniques?

The epicenter of today's L.A. quake was 8 miles from oil waste injection wells Kyle Ferrar, FracTracker Alliance Was the 4.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled Los Angeles this morning caused by fracking methods? It's hard to say, but...Show More Summary

Science Deniers Are Freaking Out About "Cosmos"

If you think the first episode of the new Fox Cosmos series was controversial (with its relatively minor mentions of climate change, evolution, and the Big Bang), Sunday night's show threw down the gauntlet. Pretty much the entire episode...Show More Summary

These Pictures of Spring Flowers Will Melt Your Frozen Heart

Climate change might have had a hand in the exceptionally cold winter much of the country just suffered through, but on the upside, there's new evidence that it's sending spring in early, and giving us more time with wildflowers. That's...Show More Summary

California Just Had Its Warmest Winter on Record

NOAA This winter has been a tale of two Americas: The Midwest is just beginning to thaw out from a battery of epic cold snaps, while Californians might feel that they pretty much skipped winter altogether. In fact, new NOAA data reveal...Show More Summary

Is a Carbon Tax a Good Idea? Just Ask British Columbia

In the US context, the idea of putting a tax on carbon is going nowhere fast. While the policy has been championed liberal legislators and by a few conservative apostates, like former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis, mainstream Republican sentiment remains opposed to climate action. Show More Summary

Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber

On Monday, I reported on the latest study to take a bite out of the idea of human rationality. In a paper just published in Pediatrics, Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth and his colleagues showed that presenting people with information confirming...Show More Summary

Survey: These Are the Most and Least Obese States in America

West Virginia's tenure as the most obese state in America—a three-year run that no one ever called a dynasty—is over. According to Gallup, which just released its 2013 survey on obesity in America, 35.4 percent of Mississippians have a BMI above 30, giving the home of 3 Doors Down the highest obesity rate in the Union. Show More Summary

Watch: Masked Dancers Defy Beijing's "Nuclear Winter" Smog

Face masks are selling out online as China's cities this week choked on pollution so bad one local scientist called it "somewhat similar to a nuclear winter." A local cancer prevention official said this revolting blanket of air, largely...Show More Summary

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