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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.


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.


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.

Climate & Energy

Here’s the only explainer on California drought you need

What's up with the Colorado River? What are my water rights? Should I feel guilty about almonds? Answers to these questions and more.

Feeling guilty about the climate? Confess, sinner!

Sometimes you need to get all that secret environmental guilt off your plate -- we have just the hotline for you.


“The Last Survivors” is drought’s worst-case scenario — and it looks pretty bad

If your post-apocalyptic future involves the worst of water-privatization and hand-to-hand combat, you know you're really in for it.

Shame In Our Game

Does shame have a place in the climate fight? Jennifer Jacquet thinks so

The climate psychologist and author of "Is Shame Necessary?" explains why need more shame (and less guilt) if we're going to fix the climate.