Gristmill

desolation of smog

Terrifying video shows smog taking over the earth

NASA scientists tracked atmospheric currents for a year, and found increased air pollution was linked to stronger storms. Yipes.

Cities

Seattle to shame residents for throwing away food

The city will shame and fine residents for putting compostable food in the trash bin.

scram, styrofoam

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Bricks that grow themselves, plastic made of mushrooms ... the future is a weird and wonderful place.

schmaliens

Forget aliens — these NASA drones track methane

The space agency is adapting technology used to test for life on Mars to help preserve it here on Earth.

Politics

Obama’s trade agenda is a disaster for the environment, greens warn

The president wants to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals. Republicans are down with that. Democrats and enviros are not.

Climate apocalypse or nuclear holocaust?

We only got 3 minutes to save the world

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists ticks its Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.

Saving private ryan's energy usage

When it comes to efficiency, U.S. military soldiers on

The military is trying to shift the habits, routines, and practices of individual service members.

Climate & Energy

This chart of rising ocean temperatures is terrifying

NOAA's graph can't even handle the ocean's rising temperature, and neither can we.

Climate & Energy

Now Republicans are trying to block international climate deals

James Inhofe, the Senate's leading climate denier, is leading the charge to undermine the U.S.-China climate pact and a future Paris agreement.