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16 years of no global warming? Yeah, right

Once unleashed, junk science is hard to tamp down. Here's an easy-to-understand video debunking one of the most common climate-denier claims.

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Beyond baby steps: Analyzing the cap-and-trade flop

It's good to know what went wrong in Washington. But the real problem we face isn't getting a bill through Congress -- it's global warming.


Flesh choice: A meat lover’s guide to giving it up

Good for you? Check. Good for the planet? Check. But how to keep from falling off the meat wagon? Our carnivorous author commences an experiment in provisional vegetarianism.


Ask Umbra: Can I have a kid and be car-free?

A reader wonders if she is depriving her child of life’s pleasures by choosing not to drive. Fortunately, Umbra wasn’t Bjorn yesterday.

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Top Australian climate scientist: Heat wave ‘encroaching on entirely new territory’

Tim Flannery, Australia's top climate commissioner, says current record-breaking harsh weather is a sign of things to come.

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Climate change set to make America hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone

The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday, provides the fullest picture to date of the real-time effects of climate change on U.S. life.

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A new grand strategy for the U.S., built around sustainability

Tackling climate change will only work if it's at the core of U.S. economic and political strategy. An ambitious new article explains how to make that happen.


Keeping a growing Austin green — and weird — is no easy task

Austin, Texas, grew a whopping 51.1 percent in 10 years. Is it possible for a city to grow quickly and retain its character? Lucia Athens, Austin's sustainability director, hopes so.

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Explained in 90 seconds: What the @#% is climate change doing to El Nino?

Scientists are using new coral records to strengthen the case that climate change might be making El Niño worse.