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What an Unbelievably Cute Ball of Fur Can Teach Us About Climate Change

It’s an unpalatable truth, but since we’re already late in attacking climate change we better learn how to adapt.

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Want Blue Energy? Then Trade Risk for Information

There are a lot of unknowns about the ecological effects of ocean-based renewable energy. A screwy permitting process, a new analysis argues, makes answering those questions that much harder.

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Did Don Ho Have a Solution to Global Warming?

Talk about global warming quickly turns to the question of carbon in the atmosphere. But the more fundamental observation about how much sunshine the planet bounces back into space should probably precede any mention of greenhouse gases.

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Women Relax, Men Mountaineer: What Backpacks Reveal About Gendered Marketing of Outdoor Sports

Why do we need to sort our gear into men’s and women’s categories anyway?

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Not Ready for Prime Time: Making Fuel Out of Invasive Plants

When it comes to making ethanol, taking a hard, second look at seemingly great ideas is smart policy.

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The Economics of Illegal Ivory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says destroying ivory can reduce supply and demand at same time.

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Seeking Peace Through Superior Flower Power

Restoring Africa’s peace could be helped by restoring its fabled—and endangered—fauna.

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A Ghost Town’s Second Life as a Climate Refuge for Rodents

Why are ground squirrels thriving in the former gold mining town of Bodie, California?

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Why Disasters Like the Typhoon in the Philippines Will Keep Getting Worse

It’s not just because of climate change—it’s population growth, too.

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A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Crew in Yarnell

Interpreting the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona.

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The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why. Inside the most irrational environmental crime of the century.

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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014