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Australia repeals carbon tax, scientists freak out

Australia is now the first country in the world to undo a price on greenhouse gas pollution, thanks to its climate-denying prime minister.

Climate & Energy

Goodbye, everyone! A massive hole has opened at the End of the World

If a giant abyss appears near a fracking site, it COULD BE a sign that there’s something going on there that is not entirely advisable.


Ask Umbra: Are organic cherries worth the extra expense?

A reader wonders if there's really pesticide residue on her fresh fruit. Umbra says it's time to break with conventional.


Four things you should know about Detroit’s water crisis

Detroit's financial woes have put it on the front lines of a decaying-infrastructure crisis that belongs to all of us.

what's that smell?

Now Google Street View is mapping gas pipeline leaks

Experiments by Google, Environmental Defense Fund, and university scientists reveal the huge amounts of methane that leak from pipelines beneath some cities.

Another bad creation

Mother jailed for letting her daughter run free — at the playground

Debra Harrell let her 9-year-old daughter play unsupervised in an North Augusta, S.C., park. Harrell was arrested and her daughter is in the custody of the state.


Good riddance, ocean, you were terrifying and gross anyway

Parasitic isopods? Blobfish? Deep-sea vampire squid? Don't let the Great Pacific Garbage Patch hit you on the way out, ocean.

Nouveau Veg

Five reasons why kelp could be the next kale

Once we all start getting tired of kale, seaweed could step up to the plate as America's favorite superfood.


Vermont’s dirty secret: Free-ranging cows are crapping in the water supply

The EPA has put the state on probation until it figures out a way to stop dairy farms from polluting streams, rivers, and Lake Champlain -- the water supply for a third of Vermont's population.

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