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Be a Better Person: Take a Walk in the Park

New research from France finds strangers are more helpful if they’ve just strolled through a natural environment.

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How to Keep Virginia From Sinking

Virginia is worsening its own climate change risks through inaction. Here’s how it can get back on track.

Their Money

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The Beautiful Tyranny of the Restoration Hardware Catalog

It’s heavy, it’s not good for the environment, it’s too expensive for all but a select few—and yet, every year, the 17-pound catalog arrives again.

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The War on Organized Environmental Crime

A recent report outlines new strategies that could be used to save the environment from criminal syndicates.

Genes Are Us

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Genes Affect Our Behavior, but So Does the Environment

Despite the recent discovery of the “blonde gene,” environmental differences and genetic effects remain inextricably linked.

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Canada’s Big, Ugly Environmental Problem

Our neighbor to the north’s once-celebrated record of environmental science research and climate change policy has been thoroughly turned on its head over the past decade. And tense negotiations over the Keystone XL pipeline may have damaged Canada’s relationship with the U.S.

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Whither American Cruise Ships?

Shipping out to sea on a luxury cruise liner just doesn’t seem to fit too well within our current economic or environmental realities.

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Should We Abandon Our Shorelines?

We missed our chance to avoid rising sea levels. Now we must turn and run.

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How Much Carbon Did You Emit Today?

New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

ProPublica

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The Poor Regulation of the Fracking Industry

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety.

Features

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Can Anyone Stop the Man Who Will Try Just About Anything to Put an End to Climate Change?

Most scientists oppose Russ George’s efforts to fix the world’s climate. But who’s going to do something about it?

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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.

ProPublica

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How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.

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Is the Dog Poo Problem Solvable?

It’s really complicated, researchers say. So probably not.

What Makes Us Politic

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Greening Government Procurement: Turning Uncle Sam Into an Eco-Friendly Consumer

Seeking the environmental “hot spots” in $600 billion of government purchases.

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Is Your City Making You Crazy?

Anxiety, mood disorders, and a heightened risk of developing schizophrenia: The psychological problems with urban living. (And some ways to potentially avoid them.)

OnEarth

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An Accident Waiting to Happen

As oil trains derail across the United States, a windswept—and vulnerable—stretch of Montana’s Glacier National Park underscores the folly of transporting crude by rail.

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How Can Hotels Get People to Reuse Dirty Towels?

When it comes to driving pro-environmental behavior, provincial norms are the most effective.

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Is There a Solution to America’s Obsession With Lawn Care?

Irrigation and fertilization use varies across and even within cities. Sustainable management plans must rely on a more targeted approach.

ProPublica

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Drilling for Certainty: What We Can Learn From the Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

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What’s Wild? The Battle for Nature in the 21st Century

It’s conservationist against conservationist as those that care most about biodiversity and wilderness argue over the best way to manage and protect what little we have left.

 

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It’s Not Just All of the People Around You That Are Getting Fatter

Research reveals that animals are gaining weight, too.

 

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Can a Messy Desk Make You More Creative?

New research finds working in a disorderly environment can lead to greater creativity—but that clutter isn’t without its downsides.

Quick Studies

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Quick Study: Leave Nagging in the Bag

Want to clean up the planet? Don’t dredge up the past.

Features

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The New Bronze Age

Worries about oil and gas hog the airwaves. But copper is also essential to keep the world running: It threads through your house, your computer, your eco-correct hybrid car. And it’s getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing as oil to extract. We have entered the era of tough ore.

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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