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Climate Change

Old photographs found in basement help scientists unravel warming patterns

While cleaning out a basement at the National Survey and Cadastre of Denmark, researchers found a box full of glass photo plates from a 1930s expedition to Greenland. The forgotten photos showed detailed aerial and ground-level pictures of 132 Greenland glaciers — which allowed scientists to study how the glaciers changed over a much longer period than was previously possible. The verdict? Many glaciers in the 1930s were actually melting even faster than they are today.

Sustainable Farming

Tyrion Lannister loves farm animals

Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character in Game of Thrones (both the HBO series and the book series, which I refuse to call by its goofy official name), and Peter Dinklage is super-handsome and deserves 300 Emmys. So it’s nice to know that, unlike Tyrion, Dinklage wears his good-heartedness openly — he’s the new national spokesperson for the Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals campaign. Book series fans, maybe don’t tell them about Pretty the Pig.

Animals

Stray dog follows bikes for 1,000 miles (and beats most of the cyclists)

This adorable terrier-looking pup was hanging around a group of cyclists when they took a break, so one of them gave her chicken. Well, you know what happens when you give a dog chicken: She never leaves your side again, even if you’re riding your bike from China to Tibet, covering nearly 40 miles a day and climbing 16,000-foot mountains. The dog, nicknamed Xiaosa, had no choice but to run alongside the bikes for more than 1,000 miles. Because love. And also chicken.

Climate & Energy

Report: Corporations are big fat hypocrites about climate change

Corporations are officially people now, and like people, sometimes corporations will loudly say that they believe one thing while their actions reveal another preference entirely. Like a lady who says she wants to settle down but dates only dudes who are apt to move to Hawaii at a moment’s notice, American companies having been saying they’re concerned about climate change at the same time that they have been fooling around with trade organizations, think tanks, and lobbying groups that have been working to undermine climate action. In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) calls companies out on …

Critical List: Obama EPA goes easier on oil producers than Bush EPA; NYC could ban large sodas

The Bush EPA was tougher on oil and gas producers than the Obama EPA — enforcement actions are at their lowest level in years. New York City could ban the sale of large sodas. Properties close to national wildlife refuges have greater value.

Climate Change

North Carolina tries to outlaw sea-level rise

North Carolina is no stranger to the "if you dislike it then you should have made a law against it" model of legislation, but this is extreme: A new bill would rule that scientists are not allowed to accurately predict sea-level rise.

Climate & Energy

What does 56 years of tornado data look like? AWESOME

Here’s 56 years’ worth of tornado tracking data, which makes the eastern half of the U.S. look like it’s exploding in a shower of welding sparks or fireworks. Brighter lines represent more violent storms.

Animals

David Attenborough narrates video of a tortoise humping a shoe

You may remember the internet going mildly crazy for this video of a tortoise with sexual identity issues. (Not his identity, just the identity of his chosen mate, which is a Croc.) It had all the hallmarks of a blockbuster — sexy sexy romance, dubious fashion choices, animals making adorable “enh!” noises. But what it didn’t have was David Attenborough. Well, that has finally been rectified.

Green Home

This guy’s apartment is the size of a closet

Check out a 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment -- just enough space to park a Mini Cooper, or to live a happy urban existence.

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