Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes

Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change, a nonprofit, to bring in the (literal) reinforcements when natural disasters strike.

Climate & Energy

France is swimming in fondue — that’s not a good thing

Think of the cheese! Think of the chocolate!

Science

Sorry, polar bears. It’s worse than we thought

A new study looked at polar bears' prospects as the world warms. The verdict? Bad, or very bad.

It’s not just the economy, stupid

Talking about jobs isn’t the only way to lure voters into the climate movement

Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are framing climate action as an economic stimulus package, but is that the best approach?

Living

In “Advantageous,” society has failed women in a big way

"Advantageous" is a thoughtful look at one possible future, and it’ll leave you thinking hard about what that future is and why -- something we should be doing more often, given our current predicament.

In California, people of color are dangerously close to oil train disasters

A new report finds that minority and low-income residents are more likely to live in California's oil train "blast zone."

The little cacti that could

Move over corn. Cacti can power cars, too

Cacti and other plants that thrive in arid landscapes could be the future of biofuels, according to new research.

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Shell will be allowed to pester walruses in the Arctic, but not as much as it would like

The Obama administration is putting a few restraints on the company's Arctic drilling plans, but not nearly enough, say green activists.

Climate & Energy

Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about the Supreme Court’s latest environmental ruling

The court threw a wrench in Obama's mercury rule for power plants, but the real-world impacts should be negligible to nonexistent.