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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?

Science

NASA wants to get rid of that flying pollution factory you took to Florida

The agency announced it will spend the next two years trying to create a new type of aircraft with "maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact.”

the silence of the owls

What makes owls deadly could make wind turbines silent

This bird-inspired tech tweak could make wind turbines quieter -- and that might make them more effective, too.

Looking on the Blight Side of Things

California is figuring out the whole drought thing for the rest of us

Turns out there's an upside to the ongoing drought in the U.S.

Science

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.

Climate & Energy

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."

Business & Technology

This electric scooter comes with swappable batteries

Eat your heart out, Elon Musk.