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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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Windmills: 600,000, Bats: 0. Time for a New Game?

A new study estimates that at least 600,000 bats died last year in the Lower 48 from wind turbines.

 

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How to Nurture and Strengthen Our Urban Commons

Because we need to improve our parks and plazas if young people are to remain committed to city living and walkable suburban environments.

 

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What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has failed to set up a body that would make recommendations on how to deal with rising seas.

 

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In the Outback, Sometimes a Wildfire Can Provide a Warm Glow

The role of humans and wildfire is a complex tale of evolution and generally of loss. The experience of Aboriginal communities suggests the outcome doesn’t have to be sad.

 

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Remember When Switzerland Ruled the World of Household-Size Solar?

In our final excerpt from his new book on the history of solar power, Let It Shine, author John Perlin describes a key moment in the debate over big, centralized solar sites and smaller, distributed rooftop panels.

 

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What’s Cool for Old People? A Hybrid

There are lots of factors that determine green buying patterns, but for those in the second half of life a certain level of status is attached to driving a hybrid.

 

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Study Finds Climate Negotiations Are About the Present

Sorry kids, grandpa wants air conditioning.

 

A small fleet of Mini Coopers at the University of Delaware both draw electric power from the grid and return it, based on the needs of the moment. (PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE)

Your Electric Car May Yet Generate a Small Income for You

Vehicle to grid technology has been talked about for a decade and half, and an industry consultant suggests it may finally start paying off.

 

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The Free Market Is Abandoning Clean Energy

What happened to all of those investments in renewable energy technologies?

 

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Gunning for Lead Bullets

Hunters using lead ammunition leave a potent neurotoxin scattered in the outdoors; alternative ammunition is really good. Why are efforts to ban lead ammunition so difficult?

 

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The Genetics of Global Warming

As climates continue to change, so does the DNA of the species around us.

 

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Live Long and Falter: Spry Population Linked to Endangered Species

If a country’s human population is long-lived, it’s bad news for the local critters—almost as bad as being a native bird in New Zealand.

 

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The Game of Climate Whac-a-Mole Will Hit the Tropics First

A new paper details when just about anywhere on the world can expect to have inarguable proof that global warming isn’t a debate topic but a reality.

 

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Chipotle’s Choice: A Shift Away From Responsibly Raised Beef

For a company that markets itself by lambasting the industrial food system, Chipotle’s offerings are starting to look a lot like many other fast-food chains out there, complete with growth hormones, feedlots, GMOs, and more.

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Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

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