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California Nutritionists Just Voted Not To Invite McDonald's Back as a Sponsor

Last year, I attended the annual conference of the California Dietetic Association, the state's chapter of the country's largest professional organization for nutritionists and dietitians. Its premier sponsor—and lunch caterer—was McDonald's. Show More Summary

Want Some Metal With That Kraft Mac & Cheese?

Today, Kraft Foods recalled 242,000 cases—or about 6.5 million boxes—of its signature macaroni and cheese after customers reported finding small pieces of metal in the product. Yummy! Eight customers, like the one below, have found the...Show More Summary

Wind Energy Will Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels Within a Decade

Wind energy is growing fast. While it still accounts for less than 5 percent of the United States' total electricity mix, wind is by far the biggest source of renewable energy other than hydroelectric dams, and it accounted for 23 percent of new power production capacity built last year. Show More Summary

Your Cellphone Might Be Making You Fat

Like most things you love in life, your cellphone might be contributing to your growing waistline—along with your tablet, videogame console, computer, and television. Electronic devices with chips contain flame retardants to cool those chips so they don't catch fire while you are using them. Show More Summary

Will Obama's Ag Chief Wimpify the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to Please Big Meat?

Should the new Dietary Guidelines—the advice the federal government issues every five years on what constitutes a healthy diet—include recommendations about what makes for a healthy planet? The meat industry sure doesn't think so. The...Show More Summary

Antibiotics Are No Longer Making Pigs Bigger, a New Study Finds

For decades, it's been thought that low, regular doses of antibiotics help livestock grow big—thus increasing meat producers' profits. So common is the practice of lacing farm animals' feed with the drugs that an astonishing four-fifths...Show More Summary

2014 Was the Biggest Year For Solar Power Ever

We've noted here before the many ways in which solar power is blowing up in the United States: Adding tons of jobs, driving progressive policies, and attracting millions of dollars in investment from major corporations. It's not slowing...Show More Summary

Town Overrun by 31-Acre Sinkhole Now Overrun by Homeless Kittens

In August of 2012, a salt cavern maintained by the mining company Texas Brine collapsed, creating a sinkhole outside the town of Bayou Corne, Louisiana, and prompting a mandatory evacuation order that has yet to be lifted. Two and aShow More Summary

Yet Another Oil Train Disaster

Another day, another oil train derailment. Early Saturday morning, a Canadian National Railway train carrying Alberta crude derailed outside the tiny town of Gogama in northern Ontario. Thirty-eight cars came off the tracks, and five of them splashed into the Mattagami River system. Show More Summary

Report: Florida Banned State Workers From Saying "Climate Change"

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation...Show More Summary

White Men Are Overdosing on Heroin at a Record Rate

A decades-long surge in heroin use has left behind a trail of overdose victims. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week found that the number of heroin overdoses quadrupled from 1,842 in 2000 to 8,257 in 2013—with a significant boost among people between the ages of 18 and 44, particularly white men. Dr. Show More Summary

This GOP Congressman's Solution to Homelessness Involves Getting Eaten By Wolves

Homelessness is a very serious problem. Nearly 600,000 Americans don't have a home, including one in every 30 children. Recently, we've reported on some innovative solutions, including tiny houses and free, no-strings-attached apartments. Rep. Show More Summary

Here's What Will Happen If Antarctica Melts

When we talk about global warming at the poles, the Arctic tends to get more press than the Antarctic, because it's happening faster there than anywhere else on Earth. But Antarctica is still a juggernaut. As ice sheets there collapse—a process some scientists now see as irreversible—global sea level could rise 10 feet. Show More Summary

Yet Another Oil Train Has Derailed and Caught Fire

Earlier today, yet another massive train carrying crude oil derailed and caught on fire, this time in northern Illinois near the Mississippi River. One-hundred-and-three of the the train's 105 cars were carrying crude oil—from where was not immediately clear—eight of which derailed. Show More Summary

McDonald's Just Banned Antibiotic-Laced Chicken. Here's Why That Matters.

This week, McDonald's pledged to phase out serving chicken raised on antibiotics that can also be used to treat humans. To understand the giant implications this has for the meat industry, consider my colleague Tom Philpott's previous reporting on the topic. Show More Summary

Ringling Bros. Announces It's Finally Ending Elephant Acts

On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said it will end the use of elephant acts by 2018—a move that follows decades of mounting criticism and public concern over the show's abusive treatment of the animals. Ringling's parent...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Is Now Telling States To Ignore Obama's Climate Rules

It's no secret that Republicans leaders hate President Barack Obama's flagship climate initiative, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. So far, the main opposition has been at the state level. The new rules...Show More Summary

Netanyahu and Obama Agree: Global Warming Is a Huge Threat

Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Iran's nuclear ambitions, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The speech has caused a considerable flap, with Democrats criticizing it as anShow More Summary

Watch a US Senator Use a Snowball to Deny Global Warming

This story was first published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here via the Climate Desk collaboration. The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowballShow More Summary

This Koala Is So Cute You'll Want It To Get Away With Stealing This Kid's Car

Never leave your Land Rover unattended in the Outback. This "cheeky" koala tried to drive off before the car's owner, a teen about to return home from school, foiled its getaway. Koala accused of trying to steal family car says he's just waiting for a mate Happy Wednesday.

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