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Climate & Energy

Water & oil: Under threat, Sacred Headwaters’ immune system kicks in

In part 2 of our series on Canada's Sacred Headwaters, tensions grow as a small First Nations tribe draws support from near and far for a showdown with Big Oil -- and itself.

Climate & Energy

Water & oil: How natives & neighbors of the Sacred Headwaters battled drillers and won

In remote B.C., tribal elders, fishermen, hunters, and ordinary folks won a six-year fight to kick Big Oil out of their salmon-bearing backyard. Our three-part series explores what we can learn from their climate win.

Legalize pot, save a lot of energy

To be blunt: Indoor marijuana cultivation accounts for 1 percent of all U.S. electricity usage. But legalization would help weed go solar.

Climate & Energy

Harrison Ford crusades against climate change, illegal logging in Indonesia

The Indiana Jones and Star Wars star gets threatened with deportation after confronting Indonesian officials over illegal logging and climate impacts. Total badass.


Sea otters, who already had us at hello, will now help clean up the ocean

Sea otters returning to California estuaries are countering our nitrogen runoff, restoring sea grass ecosystems, and boosting marine cuteness by 400 percent. Squee!

Climate & Energy

Heat-related disasters? There’s a map for that

Help us track the summer's extreme heat and weather incidents with this magical map we made in like a day.


This is the weirdest bike safety video you’ll ever watch

Norway's Share the Road campaign kicks off with a bizarre video. Make sure and wait for the M. Night Shyamalan-worthy twist ending.

CO2 crosses dreaded 400 ppm milestone, and science is very disappointed in you

As predicted, human activities finally push carbon dioxide levels to a 3-million-year high. Climate scientists throw up their hands in exasperation.


Happy now? If not, author Gretchen Rubin has tips for you

Best-selling writer and joy genius Gretchen Rubin talks about how personal moves toward a happier life can lead to a better, healthier planet for everybody.

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