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.
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.
Check out a 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment -- just enough space to park a Mini Cooper, or to live a happy urban existence.
Shoppers might pay next to nothing for those cheapy cheap tables and chairs and bookshelves at IKEA, but the planet pays a much higher price, Environmental Leader reports. According to a forest conservation nonprofit, an IKEA subsidiary is clear-cutting forests that are hundreds of years old. [The Global Forest Coalition] — an alliance of NGOs from more than 40 countries — alleges that Ikea’s wholly owned logging subsidiary Swedwood has been clear-cutting forests in high biodiversity value areas and logging very old trees in parts of the Russian Karelia region.
The 25-year-old mayor gave up his car to join the 15 percent of his city's residents who walk to work.
European Union greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.4 percent in 2010. Spain’s done with clean energy — the government is shutting off aid to renewable energy companies. People living in coal country are still willing to defend Big Coal against natural gas. Stockholm syndrome? (Or maybe they just got $50 and a T-shirt.)
If you’re in New York City at 8:19 p.m. today, get your ass to a major cross street (the best ones are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th) and you can see the street grid take on astronomical significance. Tonight is Manhattanhenge, where the setting sun lines up exactly with Manhattan’s east-west streets. It’ll be an impressive visual spectacle, and a neat moment of urban harmony with nature.
Whatever terrors the U.S. oil industry might come up with, the Russian oil industry is worse. Greenpeace’s Jon Burgwald recently visited Usinsk, a frigid city that’s a major Russian oil outpost. The oil pollution is so bad in this area that thawing rivers run black with oil. There’s even oil ice, which you can see in this footage:
Sequoia National Park can lay claim to two superlatives — its redwoods are the oldest single organisms on the planet and its air quality is the worst of any national park in the country. The smog pollution in the park is so bad that levels reach L.A.-worthy heights. The park might seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere. But that nowhere happens to be right near the San Joaquin Valley, which is full of food-processing plants, diesel-burning freight trains, and trucks driving down one of the busiest highways in the country.
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