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On “True Detective,” public transit riders have it even worse than usual

Nothing adds insult to bus-riding injury like being run over by an SUV.

Climate & Energy

Europe is so hot right now — and only going to get hotter

Global warming doubles the chances of European heatwaves.

Climate Finance

How development banks can help restore faith in a Paris climate deal

An initiative by the World Bank and others could make funding for climate change adaptation more transparent.


Your plane’s ETA is wrong, and it’s the climate’s fault

The climate is messing with your flight is messing with the climate.

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Agave, the plant that gets you drunk off tequila, could also help drought-proof our food system

Scientists want to teach other plants to be as water-thrifty as the nifty agave plant.

Climate & Energy

The South still doesn’t have any wind farms — but that’s about to change

The Southeastern U.S. lags the rest of the country on renewables, but a new wind project in North Carolina could be a sign of changing times.


Is it OK to buy plastic water bottles for emergencies?

A reader wants to know: Are big plastic jugs of bottled water really the best way to go? Umbra finds out.


We’re asking the tough questions on meat

Sit back, relax, and put on your meat glasses: We're about to take a deep dive into the most controversial food group.

Climate & Energy

NYC is looking to buy a whole lot of clean energy

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to power all city government operations with renewables within 10 years.