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Beef: Still what’s for dinner, still controversial

Are cows destroying the climate? And is grass-fed even worse than grain-fed beef? We take a look at "Defending Beef" by Nicolette Hahn Niman.

Climate & Energy

2014 was officially the hottest year ever

The Japan Meteorological Agency released data confirming that 2014 was the hottest year globally since record-keeping began.

Climate & Energy

NRDC’s new president gets serious about diversity

Rhea Suh is among the first non-whites, and one of only a small handful of women, to serve as chief executive of a large U.S. environmental group.

Climate & Energy

Gas is only cheap because we haven’t raised taxes in 20 years

A gas tax that fully corrected for the social impact of car reliance would upend life as we know it.

Baked Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska, is so hot right now

For the first time in recorded history, temps in Anchorage didn't drop below zero all year. Alaskans are freaked out.

Business & Technology

Smart meters could inspire better energy habits, or make you hate your roommate

Smart meters, used unwisely, will sow discontent rather than inspiring better energy habits, says science.

Hop Dreams

When it comes to naming craft beers, there’s a perfect legal storm a-microbrewin’

There are so many craft beers that microbreweries are now fighting over names.

Climate & Energy

Leave it to West Virginia to confuse its students about science

The state board of education is introducing nonsense into teaching guidelines for climate change.


Congress will soon approve Keystone, say Republicans

The new GOP-led Senate is pushing the pipeline as its first priority this year. Will Obama respond with a veto?

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