Climate & Energy

Seals are dying en masse off California coast, thank god

Good riddance, seal pups! We're finally exterminating your least favorite mammal.

Climate & Energy

Why is the National Black Chamber of Commerce fighting EPA’s new clean air rules?

A black business leader is accepting money from Big Oil and fighting against clean air.


Go on — laugh at this ridiculous video of a black bear eating a kayak

A kayaker had a complete meltdown when a curious bear started messing with her boat.

Business & Technology

Dear Neutrogena: You can’t wipe away a drought

Neutrogena's social media campaign says we can save tons of water by using its wipes to wash our faces. Reality is messier than that.

Climate & Energy

How much will the proposed global carbon emissions cuts actually limit warming?

According to a new model, the world's current carbon-cutting commitments may not be enough.


Can we cope with climate change by genetically engineering … people?

Don't worry -- it's just a thought experiment. For now.

Boil and Trouble

Is it safe to cook with hot tap water?

A reader is eager to get a jump-start on his pasta by opening the hot-water tap -- but Umbra gives him a few heavy reasons to hold off.


Check out the finalists of this biomimicry invention contest

In this competition based on biomimicry, new ideas for improving the food system draw inspiration from earthworms, ants, and mangrove trees.

Climate & Energy

Shell has given up on Arctic Ocean drilling, but Big Oil still wants to get into the Arctic Refuge

The fight for Alaska's oil isn't over yet.