environment
The California Drought's So Bad, They're Drinking Toilet Water

At this point, we all know that California's superdrought is bad—really bad. We don't yet know how Californians are going to cope with the consequences. According to a recent billion dollar (£590 million) allocation of taxpayer money for water recycling programs, drinking toilet water is one way. Read More >>

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How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time is Up

We've blown our chances of fully counteracting the effects of climate change; recently-released reports from the International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provide plenty of evidence. But all hope is not yet lost, we've still got a small chance to keep from irreversibly poisoning our atmosphere. Here's what the world's governments must do to save the Earth before we cook ourselves clean off the face of the planet. Read More >>

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New UN Climate Report: We're all Doomed

A new report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global temperature rises will likely be "severe, pervasive, and irreversible" in coming years. In other words, we're all doomed. Read More >>

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Google and Microsoft Helping the White House Track Climate Change

The White House has announced that it's teaming up with Google and Microsoft to centralise its climate change data—and make it more accessible for public and researchers alike. Read More >>

environment
These Iconic Landmarks May be Underwater Within 2,000 Years

Intellectually, we all know that sea level rise is real—but it's hard to imagine exactly how it'll effect us in the long term. A new study does just that by calculating which UNESCO Heritage Sites are most at-risk for being submerged by the rising tides. The results are devastating. Read More >>

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Doomsday Seed Vault Adds 20k New Crops—Including Beer Barley

This week marks six years since the Svalbard Seed Vault opened to serve as an agricultural Noah's Ark for humanity. Within its walls, scientists have collected nearly one million seeds from all over the world. Now, they're adding many more. Read More >>

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Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes the BBC includes one vile idea. Could the frozen bodies of smallpox victims in Siberia, now thawing because of climate change, re-release the virus into the environment and thus start a global pandemic? Read More >>

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An Entire City Under Construction to Save Another from Climate Change

The African coastal nation of Nigeria is experiencing many familiar problems in our age of climate change: rising sea levels, storm surges, devastating flooding. Its most populous city, Lagos, is going to outrageous lengths to protect itself, both environmentally and financially, by building an entirely new city the size of Manhattan between it and the ocean. Read More >>

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New Climate Study Warns of More Frequent El Ninos in the 21st Century

A study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that climate change will cause a dramatic increase in El Nino weather events during the 21st century. Formerly happening once every 20 years or so, we can expect an El Nino once every 10 years. Read More >>

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How an Underwater Bomb in Australia Was Heard Around the World

In 1960, scientists did one of those experiments that just aren't allowed anymore. For the sake of science, they blew up three 300-lb anti-submarine bombs off the coast of Australia. A listening station 10,000 miles away in Bermuda—on the exact other side of the planet—waited. And waited. Read More >>

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Every Weird-Looking Tree Should Get A Beautiful Time Lapse Like This

The Yucca brevifolia, or Joshua tree, only grows in the southwest US, mostly in the Mojave Desert, so a lot of people don't even know about the spike-y and pipecleaner-y weirdo. Read More >>

environment
How Much Global Warming Will Happen Before You Kick the Bucket?

On Friday the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put its collective foot down about global warming. Its happening and its our fault. But as with any issue that affects all of humanity, the most important question is what's gonna happen to you? Will you have to give up air conditioning? Read More >>

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Landmark UN Report Blames Humans For Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has this morning a landmark report which places the blame for climate change squarely at the feet of humankind. Read More >>

science
Why Apples Don't Taste as Delicious Anymore

Fuji apples were, once upon a time, objectively and irrefutably the most delicious apples you could sink your teeth into — anyone who said otherwise was either a liar or a witch. These days, though, Fuji apples just aren't quite hitting the spot like they used to, and we might never see them reach their former glory again. Read More >>

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The North Pole is Frozen Again

Brace yourselves, Winter is coming. A piece of breaking semi-climate change related news has come out of the Arctic. The North Pole no longer looks like a lake as it did a week ago. It's frozen now, just as it's supposed to be. Read More >>

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These Beautiful Iridescent Clouds Are Actually Foreboding

It used to be that you could only see these shimmering cloud formations, called noctilucent clouds, if you were in the North or South Pole. But lately they've been on the move, and though they're pretty to look at, their presence away from the Poles may be sign of climate change. Read More >>

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