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Science

Polar bears don’t hibernate, so screw polar bears

Scientists suspected that the big white beasts entered a kind of walking hibernation during the summer, when food is scarce. They were wrong.

Climate & Energy

Big Coal is freaking out over this latest Obama move

Mountaintop-removal miners have a long tradition of polluting and burying streams. New rules would make them clean up their act a little.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is making wildfires worse and wildfires are making climate change worse

That's the bummer conclusion of a new study.

Business & Technology

Who’s going to pay these companies to suck CO2 out of the air?

Carbon capture and sequestration technology is advancing, but startups aren't getting much love from the government.

Grapes of Wrath

Awful wine proves Scotland should stick to Scotch

Hopeful winemakers were banking on climate change to warm their vineyards, but it might take a couple decades.

Climate & Energy

States are polluting less and their economies are doing just fine

Even as power plant pollution has decreased in a big majority of states, economic growth has continued, a new report finds.

sticky stingers

What can we learn from individually tagging 960 bees? A lot!

"We just had to hold them in our hands and hope the glue dried quickly" and other adventures in bee science.

Climate & Energy

Here’s more evidence that cutting CO2 pollution can be good for the economy

The Northeast’s cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, generated $1.3 billion in economic benefits over three years.

Business & Technology

These biodegradable computer chips are made from wood

And they work just as well as their silicon-based counterparts.