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This giant algae bloom is ruining all the clams, making you cry

It's the biggest toxic bloom of its kind in a decade, stretching from Santa Barbara to Alaska. Welcome back to Spoiler Alerts.

Doing It On Porpoise

There are just 97 of these adorable porpoises left

The Gulf of California's vaquita is critically endangered, thanks to rampant gill-net fishing.

Pope Francis

The “secret science committee” behind the pope’s encyclical

The Pontifical Academy is the "400-year-old collective ... that operates as the pope’s eyes and ears on the natural world."

This electric scooter comes with swappable batteries

Eat your heart out, Elon Musk.

Snarknado

Why are we building a research center full of deadly diseases in the tornado capital of the world?

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved from a remote corner of Long Island to Kansas, right in the middle of Tornado Alley. What could go wrong?

let them google that for you

Look at this trippy map of all your climate-related Google searches

The visualization shows how our everyday climate questions differ around the world.

IUD

Tell women about birth control that works — and they’ll choose birth control that works

We bring this to you straight from the "no shit" department.

Chipotle’s new tortillas could be huge news for farmers

The fast-food company is teaming up with the Bread Lab to reinvent the mass-produced tortilla.

New Delhi, India - November 12, 2012. Daily street life in the early morning during extreme smog conditions.

Air pollution in China and India may be worse than we realize

Improving air quality in these rapidly growing countries may be necessary just to keep the mortality rate steady -- let alone decrease it.