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Critical List: Too many tornadoes; scientists help plant seeds reach Antarctica

Super Tuesday results: The rich guy who would be terrible for the environment won primaries in six states, the scary evangelist who would be terrible for the environment won three, and the sad nerd who should know better but would probably be terrible for the environment just to fit in won one. March has already blown through its typical allotment of tornadoes. Certain industrial chemicals give rise to ADHD. Flame retardants, which are in tons of kids’ products, are also linked with learning disorders. Basically, the only way to keep a kid safe from chemicals is to wrap her up …

Smart Cities

Meet the skyscrapers of the future: Band-Aids, balloon forests, and underwater spheres

This theoretical skyscraper, the winner of eVolo’s annual skyscraper design competition, would collect, purify, and store water in the Himalayas, helping to conserve and regulate it. It looks like a half pack of cigarettes in fancy holders, but it’s not even the weirdest-looking skyscraper, not by a long shot. Below are some of the strange shapes that might crop up in the skyline of our more sustainable future.

Animals

Study: Woolly mammoths are extinct and it’s YOUR FAULT

There’s been some dispute in scientific circles about whether the woolly mammoths died out because of natural variations in climate, or because of the malign influence of roving bands of humans. Turns out it’s a little from column A, a little from column B — meaning that if we actually do manage to clone a mammoth, it’ll probably kick off instantly due to a combination of humans, climate change, and human-caused climate change.

Living

California’s closed state parks to be overrun by pot growers, people willing to pee in the woods

In just a few months, California will close dozens of state parks. But what does that actually mean? KQED, a rad West Coast public radio station, has a series looking deeper into the issue, and from what we can tell, closing state parks means nature’s on the loose with NO ADULT SUPERVISION. Now, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. The parks will still be open to the public. But the services will be gone. So if you want to pee at a closed state park, you will have to pee in the woods. The trails won’t …

Cleantech

This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree

It's still in the "so crazy it just might work" stage, but microalgae-powered lamps could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year.

Food

Campbell’s to ditch BPA from soup cans

Attention, shoppers: Campbell’s (FINALLY) announced plans to eliminate hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A from the linings of its soup cans.

Climate Skeptics

GM customers are pissed about company’s Heartland connection

One of the damning Heartland Foundation documents from a few weeks ago revealed the name of the climate-denial think tank’s major donors. One of them: A foundation connected to General Motors. Oops. Heartland’s not exactly the sort of friend that a company like GM wants to be seen with in public, especially since it’s trying to promote its green-minded Chevy Volt. Now, at least 10,000 of its customers are letting it be known that they don’t appreciate GM hopping in bed with Heartland, and they’re perfectly willing to become ex-customers if it continues. Another 10,000 people who don’t own GM-made …

Climate & Energy

Climate change could kill ice hockey in Canada

New study shows that climate change could leave Canada without any outdoor ice rinks by mid-century.

Critical List: More people have safe drinking water; Asia’s pollution is hitting the U.S.

The U.N. met its Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without safe drinking water. President Obama is giving a press conference this afternoon — the first in months. It’s supposed to be about mortgage relief, but odds are someone will ask him about gas prices, too. Twenty percent of ground pollution in the U.S. can be traced to emissions from Asia that have traveled over the Pacific Ocean. Bill McKibben is changing minds over at the Huffington Post: Of the readers who’ve read his argument against Keystone XL and Ezra Levant’s argument for the pipeline, 9 percent …

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