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Animals

Did fracking turn this squirrel purple?

One of the explanations being floated for the purple squirrel recently captured in Pennsylvania: An organobromide overdose caused by fracking. Yeah, it sounds a little far-fetched, but doesn’t it sound more interesting than “it fell …

Oil

Bill McKibben discusses his 700,000 anti-Keystone emails on Colbert

The 350.org founder appeared on the Colbert Report to discuss the anti-Keystone campaign.

Business & Technology

This app gets rid of your junk mail

Free app iOS/Android/WP7 app PaperKarma purports to unsubscribe you from junk mail and catalog lists with just a snapshot. You take pictures of your junk mail haul, and PaperKarma identifies the senders and notifies them …

Climate & Energy

How ancient humans killed off Africa’s rainforests

It turns out humans radically accelerated the loss of Africa’s forests 3,000 years ago.

Cities

Why the 21st century will see migration back to the Rust Belt

Now that climate change means the Sun Belt is becoming the Drought Belt, you might want to head north.

Animals

Happy Valentine’s Day, here’s a sheep and a deer getting married

Oh look, it's Rick Santorum's worst nightmare. Changmao the ram and Chunzi the doe are engaging in some sheep-on-deer marriage at China's Yunnan Provincial Wildlife Park today.

Climate & Energy

Earth is losing 39 cubic miles of ice per year

Thanks to the GRACE satellite, we now know that the planet is shedding 150 billion tons of ice annually, like some gigantic glass of lemonade left out in the sun.

Critical List: Obama budget ups clean energy funding; Monsanto poisoned farmer

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy that chocolate now: it could be harder to find as climate change takes its toll on the cacao tree. Here are some other “green(ish)” ideas for presents to the one you …

Sustainable Farming

Even Fox News likes this anti-factory-farm ad

This adorable/emotional Chipotle ad, featuring Willie Nelson justifying Coldplay's existence, has stolen the heart of ... Fox News.

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