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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.

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.

Living

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.

Food

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.

Science

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.

Food

Americans are eating more factory-farmed meat than ever

Sorry, foodies: The food movement isn't working.

Do Panic

Poll shows Americans are starting to worry about climate change again

After a decade of worrying about other things, the number of Americans concerned about global warming is beginning to creep up again.