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Back in the Hobbit

The world’s first official climate refugees land in New Zealand

New Zealand accepts a refugee family from Tuvalu hoping to escape their sinking island nation.

The Fault Is Mine

This giant Canadian mine spill doesn’t make us feel good about Alaska’s Pebble Mine

A copper tailings pond discharged more than 10 million cubic meters of waste into nearby water, threatening an important salmon spawning ground.

Trash Talk

Move over, landfills — food scraps give Massachusetts biogas

On Oct. 1, Massachusetts institutions producing more than a ton of leftovers a week must donate the scraps instead of dumping them.

Politics

The U.S. firefighting budget is almost gone, but the forests are still burning

We're throwing so much money at fighting wildfires, there will be little left over for prevention.

Water Woes

The U.S. could supply all of California with water if we fixed our leaky pipes

Drought-ridden Los Angeles made headlines when an old pipe burst, leaking 20 million gallons of water. But it turns out the whole U.S. is long overdue for a water infrastructure upgrade.

Tuna-ed Out

Farming bluefin tuna might be out of our depths

Because sushi connoisseurs have nearly wiped wild bluefin out, some scientists are trying to domesticate them. But, it turns out, tuna farming is no easy plow.

El Niño flakes out

Not even Jesus is going to save California from this drought

A few months ago, scientists thought that a strong El Niño could help turn California's epic drought around. Now it looks like that's not going to happen.

Exctinction VI: This time it's personal

Dead elephants, plagues, and rats: Why the sixth extinction is bad for you and everyone you know

Our little habit of wiping out wildlife is going to come back and bite us.

Climate & Energy

Northwest wildfires: We broke the forests, now we need to fix them

Decades of logging, fire suppression, and now climate change have turned our forests into firestorms. But the war on wildfire is one we just can't win.