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Climate & Energy

China, Brazil, and the U.S. all unveil new climate goals

When three of the world's biggest polluters pledge to do more to rein in their climate emissions, that's a pretty good day.

Cities

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are singularly lethal vehicles when it comes to accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. But there's a way to make them less deadly.

Business & Technology

GM wheat trial fails, but science wins anyway

British researchers tried to engineer a kind of wheat that would repel bugs without need for insecticide. They failed, but they still learned a lot.

KANYE WHO?

The Dalai Lama calls for swift climate action and pals around with Patti Smith

Forget Kanye West -- the Tibetan leader rocked a panel on climate change to discuss environmental responsibility and Pope Francis' encyclical.

Science

Humans really are unprecedented in Earth’s geological history — and that’s a bad thing

The science is in! The planet hasn't changed this much since the evolution of multicellular animals.

Science

Do we really need to spend money on social science?

Should we really be spending limited science funding on social science and climate change art, when we haven't figured out all the hard stuff yet?

Climate & Energy

The Supreme Court just punched a hole in Obama’s plan to clean up power plants

The court ruled 5-4 that the EPA didn't properly take costs into account when regulating emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants.

Wild sting

Here’s the real thing killing bees: Us

Neonics were supposed to reduce the use of sprayed pesticides -- and they did. But they also stick around long enough to harm the whole wild ecosystem.

Living

How should I get rid of old Barbies and Legos?

What to do with old Barbies, Lego bricks, and other plastic toys? Umbra sorts through the disposal dilemmas represented by the toybox.

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