Environment

How Strong Is Super Typhoon Haiyan? Compare It to This Pic of Katrina
November 07, 2013

It’s not often that the classification “Super Typhoon”—the equivalent of a strong Category 4 or 5 Hurricane, like Katrina or Andrew—fails to convey the intensity of a tropical cyclone.

How Energy Efficient Is Your State? (Map)
November 06, 2013

Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks states by energy efficiency, from first to fiftieth.

This Might Be the Last Traditional Coal Power Plant to Be Built in America
October 27, 2013

In rural, central Georgia, in a town called Sandersville in WashingtonCounty, a former state legislator with a blighted record has teamed up with a racketeer and a wealthy southern family to build a coal plant, and it may be the only one built in American in the foreseeable future. 

The Best Part About the Shutdown Ending: Our National Parks’ Instagram Feed Is Back
October 18, 2013

Over the course of the shutdown, the closure of the National World War II Memorial and its periodic, Bastille-style forcible reopening became a sort of emblem of the whole sordid affair.

The EPA Case Could Determine the Fate of Obama's Ambitious Climate Plan
October 15, 2013

This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider manufacturing industry trade groups and Republican-held state governments' case to repeal some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.

Canada Offers a Worthless Bargaining Chip in the Fight Over Keystone XL
September 09, 2013

Canada is willing to do just about anything if President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline.That was the gist of a letter Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent to Obama in late August.

White People Love Hiking. Minorities Don't. Here's Why.
September 06, 2013

White people simply love to spend their free time walking up and down mountains and sleeping in the forest. Search "hiking" in Google Images and see how far you have to scroll to find a nonwhite person.

A Scary New Study Erases Doubts That Fracking Causes Earthquakes
September 06, 2013

The fracking industry’s latest environmental bugbear is earthquakes, which can be caused by injecting a briney cocktail of wastewater produced in the fracking process deep into disposal wells.

Scott Walker's Sand Grab: Wisconsin Wants a Piece of the Fracking Boom, No Matter Who Gets Hurt
August 21, 2013

On the night that he was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010, a beaming Scott Walker told the hundreds of supporters sandwiched into Waukesha’s little Country Springs Hotel ballroom that his state was “open for business.” It was shorthand for his p

The Seven Cruelest—and Legal—Abuses of Animals in the U.S.
July 30, 2013

In a Sunday New York Times column provoked by two new documentaries—”The Act of Killing,” about the anti-communist massacres in Indonesia in 1965-6, and “Blackfish,” about a SeaWorld orca implicated in the deaths of three people—Nicholas Kristof aske

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