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Animals

If you promise not to panhandle, San Francisco will give you a puppy

San Francisco has an overabundance of dogs who need love and homes, and a large number of people who make their living by panhandling. This summer, the city’s starting a program that could benefit both …

Animals

Chinese police save 3,600 endangered crocodiles from being eaten by humans

In southern China, police intercepted three foreigners trying to sneak over the border with precious cargo — more than 3,600 crocodiles. By the time police arrested the smugglers, 42 of the Siamese crocs (an endangered …

Climate Change

June’s 3,282 heat records, in one handy chart

In the U.S., June heat broke 2,284 daily maximum temperature records and tied a further 998. Here's what that looked like for the lower 48 states.

Cities

Street artist turns Chicago into a Monopoly board

Socially conscious graffiti is nice and all, but we prefer it when street artists have a sense of humor. So this work by artist (or art collective) Bored is right up our alley (ha) — …

Living

Breathtaking video of Earth seen from space

It’s worth cleaning off your monitor before you watch this extraordinary video — full-screen, of course — so there’s no dust or smudges interfering with your sense that you’re hovering over the glowing planet as …

Green Home

Life-size LEGO garden sprouts up in Australia

In the Age of the Anthropocene, nature is what humans make it. LEGO took this idea quite literally when it graced the Australian town of Broken Hill, in New South Wales, with these giant versions …

Living

Fit in with the masses with this reusable tote that looks like a plastic bag

If those reusable “I am not a plastic bag” totes earn glances of hippie-hating scorn from the populace, the THANK YOU THANK YOU bag helps green-minded people blend into the crowd while still sticking to …

Animals

Baby pandas on a slide

Need we say more?

This image of the Colorado wildfire scar will blow your mind

This image from NASA (click to embiggen) shows the scar from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado. It’s a false-color image — the fields aren’t actually running red with blood out there, yet — but …