Climate & Energy

U.N. climate report offers lots of bummer news plus a few dollops of encouragement

Global warming will particularly screw over poor countries, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But adaptation is starting to catch on.

Pass on Gas

Obama’s new gaseous release: A strategy to cut back on methane

The next step in the White House climate action plan is to reduce methane emissions.


A high seas fishing ban scorecard: (Almost) everybody wins

For half the world's oceans, there are no fishing rules. Banning fishing there would boost fisheries closer to shores and make the whole enterprise more sustainable.

Climate & Energy

States struggling to understand frackquakes

Frackers are making the earth shake, prompting even frack-friendly states to put their heads together to try to figure out how to reduce the risks.

The Villages People

Oil workers and Jewish grandmas driving American metropolitan growth

This list paints a pretty bizarre picture of America's future.

Slick Vid

Here’s a shorebird’s-eye view of the Galveston oil spill

No cooing with disinterested horror over aerial shots of rainbow slicks over water this time -- pull on a pair of waders and slosh through the muck at sea level.

Grocery cartel

Mexican gangs learn that lime pays (also crime)

Another day, another ring of organized criminals making the transition from eight balls to tasty treats!

Climate & Energy

Congress successfully took the wind out of wind energy’s sails last year

Just 1 gigawatt of new wind energy capacity was installed in the U.S. last year -- down from 13 gigawatts the year before. Thanks, Congress!

Business & Technology

Ohio lawmakers: All right, folks, we guess it’s OK for you to buy Teslas

Ohio lawmakers have backed away from a potential ban on Tesla's sales centers, but they will only allow three of the centers to operate in their state.