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prince of whales

Whales start pulling their own weight, save us for a change

Tar-sands pipeline construction in Canada was halted over concerns about the habitat of endangered beluga whales.

Flockin' around the Christmas tree

Will fake snow on my Christmas tree land me on the naughty list?

A reader asks about faux snow. Umbra says only the sheep should be flocking.

Food

The last holdout among big palm oil businesses joins no-deforestation pledge

That means 96 percent of global palm oil production is now committed to better practices. Next step: making sure the promises are kept.

Climate & Energy

E.O. Wilson talks science and the meaning of life

E.O. Wilson discusses his new book, religion, and robots.

ant and rave

E.O. Wilson answers your questions about GMOs, ants, the Pope

The noted biologist and public intellectual had some surprising answers to your questions.

Climate & Energy

Prepare to be schooled on climate change, America

A quarter of Americans don't believe in climate change. The White House wants to change that.

Food

From Hazard to Flippin, White House promotes local food in awesomely named towns

$800,000 for food-system improvements may be peanuts on a federal scale, but even peanuts can make a difference at the local level.

Breast Intentions

The Daily Show reminds us “pink fracking” against breast cancer is the most ridiculous thing ever

Fracking company Baker Hughes painted 1,000 drill bits pink to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Yep: no hypocrisy there.

Food

Finally, a GMO debate without shouting

Intelligence Squared takes on a contentious issue in a clear way, and the resulting video makes for a great primer on GMOs.

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