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Science

Humans really are unprecedented in Earth’s geological history — and that’s a bad thing

The science is in! The planet hasn't changed this much since the evolution of multicellular animals.

Science

Do we really need to spend money on social science?

Should we really be spending limited science funding on social science and climate change art, when we haven't figured out all the hard stuff yet?

Climate & Energy

The Supreme Court just punched a hole in Obama’s plan to clean up power plants

The court ruled 5-4 that the EPA didn't properly take costs into account when regulating emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants.

Cities

Tip for getting people to use the metro system: Block all the roads

Parisian cabbies are allegedly protesting Uber by blocking roads, but we know what they're REALLY doing.

Science

Farmed fish are breaking out of their pens at an alarming rate

Fish escaping from aquaculture pens is a really big problem, with a really great name: Fishbreaks!

Science

These lovely, innocent wildflowers are slowly dying. Thanks, climate change!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by climate change news, don’t — I repeat, DO NOT — stop to smell the roses. Because they are probably more …

Food

Food cops bust Whole Foods for shady prices

A sting operation checking out if Whole Foods prices are really supposed to be that high found that “every label was inaccurate."

Climate & Energy

Dutch citizens just sued their own government for not stopping climate change

The ruling suggests that any nation that contributes to climate change is abusing the human rights of its citizens, not to mention the rest of the world.

Science

The forecast for the next century? Scary with a chance of dying

Wait just one second: Is this a study that focuses on the actual, meaningful impacts that climate change will have on the lives of humans?