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Raves and Graves

Would you rather swim in a river of ammonium or MDMA?

Fracking sites in Pennsylvania or rave rivers in Taiwan -- the choice is yours, river-dweller!

Climate & Energy

How much is climate change going to cost us?

The models we use to estimate the cost of climate impacts may be substantially underestimating them. New research shows how.

Climate & Energy

Good news and bad news about rising seas

First the good news: Seas didn't rise as much as we thought in the 20th century. Bad news? They're rising even faster now.

Climate & Energy

There are now twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs

A boom in rooftop installations means jobs in solar are growing faster than in fossil fuel extraction.

Food

California almonds drink up 3 years worth of L.A.’s water use

And other amazing facts from the Golden State's epic nut boom.

Food

What America’s nutty demand for almonds is doing to California

It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that's not the most insane fact about the hedge-fund-fueled race to plant thirsty trees in the middle of a catastrophic drought.

Climate & Energy

West Virginia will let schools teach the truth about climate change after all

Last month, West Virginia decided to teach its students to doubt the overwhelming consensus on global warming. Now it's changed course.

The good, the bad, and the kitty

The pros and cons of cheap oil

Cheaper gas means more gas guzzled and more carbon emitted, right? Reality is more nuanced.

Food

I’m trying to eat more local, in-season veggies. Is there an app for that?

What's an aspiring locavore to do? Umbra says don't take it too Siri-ously.