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The U.S. Government Needs to Start Taking Climate-Fueled Migration Seriously, GAO Warns The U.S. Government Needs to Start Taking Climate-Fueled Migration Seriously, GAO Warns

A number of U.S. departments that work overseas have been dealing with a serious problem since Donald Trump took office: lack of direction on climate change and how it impacts migration.

How MLK’s Vision Helped Lay the Groundwork For a Green New Deal How MLK’s Vision Helped Lay the Groundwork For a Green New Deal

More than 50 years have passed since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since then, we’ve come a long way as a nation—just look at our new Congress—but we’ve still got a long way to go. Poverty rates among black and Latinx people in the U.S. are more than double those of their white peers. The most…

Australia Just Experienced Its Hottest Night Ever Australia Just Experienced Its Hottest Night Ever

Australia’s heat wave isn’t slowing down. The Land Down Under broke records late last year with temperatures spiking 11 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit above normal around Christmastime. And 2019 hasn’t offered much relief. Thursday night set a new minimum temperature record of nearly 97 degrees Fahrenheit in New South…

New York Governor Hops on Green New Deal Bandwagon New York Governor Hops on Green New Deal Bandwagon

New York state is on a path toward a Green New Deal. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a broad set of initiatives to get his state off fossil fuels Tuesday as part of his new executive budget.

The Trump Administration’s Plan to Clean Up Coal Plants Could Be Worse Than Doing Nothing The Trump Administration’s Plan to Clean Up Coal Plants Could Be Worse Than Doing Nothing

The Environmental Protection Agency likes to tout its proposed replacement to Obama’s Clean Power Plan as an effective way to combat greenhouse gas emissions. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule, proposed in August, really seems like the opposite though, according to a new study published this week. Much of the U.S.…

More Than Half of Wild Coffee Species Could Go Extinct, and It’s Our Fault More Than Half of Wild Coffee Species Could Go Extinct, and It’s Our Fault

If you’re a coffee aficionado, brace yourself because I’ve got some bad news for you.

Criminal Enforcement at Trump’s EPA Is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades: Report Criminal Enforcement at Trump’s EPA Is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades: Report

The Environmental Protection Agency was unusually lax in 2018. During the last fiscal year, which ended in October, the agency saw fewer prosecution referrals against polluters than at any other point in the past 30 years. And the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is investigating why.

The Dirty Truth About Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water The Dirty Truth About Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water

As countries in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere struggle to find enough freshwater to meet demand, they’re increasingly turned to the ocean. Desalination plants, located in 177 countries, can help turn seawater into freshwater. Unfortunately, these plants also produce a lot of waste—more waste, in fact, than…

Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain

In the capital of Thailand, a bout of toxic air has gotten so bad that officials are planning to literally make it rain to combat the smog.

California Power Company Tied to Last Year’s Deadly Camp Fire Is Filing For Bankruptcy California Power Company Tied to Last Year’s Deadly Camp Fire Is Filing For Bankruptcy

California’s largest utility is in a death spiral in wake of the deadly Camp Fire last fall. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced Monday it’d be filing for bankruptcy on January 29.

A Man O’ War ‘Epidemic’ Is Sweeping Australian Beaches, and It Won’t Be the Last A Man O’ War ‘Epidemic’ Is Sweeping Australian Beaches, and It Won’t Be the Last

Jellyfish and their relatives are taking over, man. Over the weekend, things got real weird off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where more than 2,600 people received treatment for stings from bluebottles, also known as the Indo-Pacific Portuguese man o’ war. These colonial critters have caused some 13,000 stings…

Coal's Dying, But U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Rose in 2018 Coal's Dying, But U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Rose in 2018

Donald Trump’s presidency has accomplished very little, but he did manage to oversee a 3.4 percent spike in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions last year, the second largest annual spike in 20 years. Nice going, Mr. President.

Who Doesn't Want Trees? Lots of Detroit Residents, and They Have a Good Reason Who Doesn't Want Trees? Lots of Detroit Residents, and They Have a Good Reason

Detroit was once known as the City of Trees: By the end of the 19th century, some 250,000 trees dotted its streets. These days, however, the Michigan city is home to tens of thousands of dead or hazardous trees. As a result, many residents don’t want new ones planted on their property.

Mirror's On-Demand Home Workouts Are Fun, But I'm Sweating the Small Stuff Mirror's On-Demand Home Workouts Are Fun, But I'm Sweating the Small Stuff

Working out at home is part of my routine. My roommate and I set up her old ass Windows laptop on a living room chair and play legendary fitness DVD Insanity once a week when we’re not too lazy. Intense fitness guru Shaun Thompson guides us through the brutal workout that includes planks, lunges, and suicides for an…

An ‘Extinction Event’ Is Unfolding in Washington State as Two More Endangered Orcas Fall Ill An ‘Extinction Event’ Is Unfolding in Washington State as Two More Endangered Orcas Fall Ill

Remember that orca mom that carried around her dead calf for more than two weeks in the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea? Tahlequah, also known as J-35, had a rough year, and 2019 isn’t shaping out to be much better for her. Now, her 42-year-old mother, J-17, appears malnourished and isn’t expected to make it to through…

Brazil’s New President Moves to Kick Indigenous People off Their Land Just Hours After Taking Office Brazil’s New President Moves to Kick Indigenous People off Their Land Just Hours After Taking Office

The war against Brazil’s indigenous people has begun. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wasted no time his first two days in office, signing a decree Wednesday that hands over power to designate indigenous lands to the Ministry of Agriculture, a move that could have repercussions for the country’s 690…

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Best Wildlife Photography of 2018 Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Best Wildlife Photography of 2018

Anyone can snap a photo, but not everybody gets to see a gathering of king penguins or two adult male lions cuddling each other. These are just a few of the majestic moments that are up for the Natural History Museum of London’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for 2018.

Reminder: Releasing Thousands of Balloons to Ring in the New Year Is an Awful Idea Reminder: Releasing Thousands of Balloons to Ring in the New Year Is an Awful Idea

New Year’s Eve is all about the glam, the glitter, and the gluttony. We do everything in excess, including all those unnecessary balloons.

The Government Shutdown Has Stalled Trump’s Plan to Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The Government Shutdown Has Stalled Trump’s Plan to Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In a rare bit of good news about the partial government shutdown, President Trump’s dream of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border seems to be putting a damper on his administration’s plans to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas drilling.

Trump’s EPA Wants to Prove That Limiting Toxic Mercury Emissions Is a Giant Waste of Money Trump’s EPA Wants to Prove That Limiting Toxic Mercury Emissions Is a Giant Waste of Money

The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to regulate mercury spewing out of coal-fired power plants, but it’s proposed to revise the legal finding that supports that regulation in the first place, according to an announcement it released Friday.

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