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Climate & Energy

Northwest wildfires: We broke the forests, now we need to fix them

Decades of logging, fire suppression, and now climate change have turned our forests into firestorms. But the war on wildfire is one we just can't win.

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Sit down, relax, and charge your phone at this cool new solar-powered smartbench

Not only will this bugger power your phone, it will tell you what's happening at the park before you even get there.

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North Dakota’s ag commissioner race oughta be on Broadway

An incumbent drowning in oil money. A challenger from an organic ranch. Sexual harassment. And tons of permits at stake. This farm race begs to be set to music.

Climate & Energy

Drilling in Pennsylvania has damaged the water supply 209 times in last seven years

"Only 209 measly little times!" says the oil and gas industry. "Wait, what?" say water-drinking people everywhere.

Climate & Energy

Halliburton fracking spill mystery: What chemicals polluted an Ohio waterway?

A recent accident highlights how state fracking laws protect corporate trade secrets over public safety.

Business & Technology

Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial life – by spotting its pollution

Everyone knows that any intelligent life form is going to have a massive carbon tentacle-print. Now, thanks to a newfangled telescope, that should be easy to spot.


Ask Umbra: How can I get rid of all of this packaging foam?

A reader wonders what to do with the annoying foam padding her purchases. Umbra packs it up, packs it in.

Kiss from a rose from a seal

Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

Harbor seals are drawn in by the ample fish provided by these artificial reefs.

Climate & Energy

Norwegian reindeer are enjoying the balmy weather, breeding like bunnies

Sadly, these guys are the rare winners in a warming world full of losers.

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