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Climate & Energy

How dry is California? So dry that taps might actually stop running

California is headed for a fourth year of drought, and the state climatologist says the situation is "pretty grim." Thanks, climate change.

Politics

What if Al Gore ran for president, again?

He hasn’t publicly expressed any interest in another campaign, but there’s lots of media chatter about the theoretical possibility.

Climate & Energy

A second giant blob of Antarctic ice is getting ready to drown us

Remember last year's disturbing news about the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsing? Wait until you hear what's happening to a huge Antarctic glacier.

Science

Shocking video footage shows scientists having feelings

This website takes a candid look at who scientists are, why they do what they do, and how they're feeling about the future.

Shock doc

This viral documentary could actually push China to clean up its act

A film about the country’s horrendous pollution made huge waves, and now government officials say they really intend to tackle the problem.

Climate & Energy

Shrinkage: Arctic ponds are the new George Costanzas

Climate change is leading to fewer and smaller ponds on Alaska's Barrow Peninsula.

Climate & Energy

All oil is bad, but some is worse. Here’s the difference.

There’s at least an 80 percent difference in CO2 emissions between the dirtiest tar-sands oil and the least-dirty non-tar-sands variety.

Science

This chafing ice sheet is making us really uncomfortable

A new model of the West Antarctic ice sheet shows friction's role in keeping the giant slab from collapsing.

Sorry, Sardines

Pacific sardines are crashing — bad news for whales and my salad

Your grandpa's favorite fish (and mine) can't support a West Coast fishery — or all the charismatic megafauna -- that rely on them.