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Why Is It Raining so Much This Year? Why Is It Raining so Much This Year?

The atmosphere has been heaving rain at the eastern U.S. like kids lob water balloons at a water fight. The never-ending barrage of rain has left the Midwest flooded, the Gulf of Mexico primed for a huge dead zone, and New Yorkers who walk everywhere stuck with perennially soggy shoes.

Boaty McBoatface Just Helped Solve a Deep-Sea Mystery Boaty McBoatface Just Helped Solve a Deep-Sea Mystery

The internet was a purer place in 2016, and there’s no more perfect distillation of that truth than the spontaneous, crowdsourced effort to name a £200 million state-of-the-art research vessel Boaty McBoatface. The British government eventually decided to go with the more stately RRS Sir David Attenborough, but it…

This Striking Climate Change Visualization Is Now Customizable for Any Place on Earth This Striking Climate Change Visualization Is Now Customizable for Any Place on Earth

When University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins released his warming stripes visualization for the globe last year, people freaked (in a good way). The minimalist graphic stripped out unnecessary clutter and told the story of global warming in blue and red stripes.

That Study About the Health Benefits of Nature Comes With an Important Caveat That Study About the Health Benefits of Nature Comes With an Important Caveat

On Thursday, a new study in Scientific Reports found just two hours a week spent in nature can help improve a person’s health and well-being. The widely-reported findings reinforce what many instinctively know: nature can be rejuvenating. But a less-publicized aspect of the study is the finding that not everyone…

Half of Greenland's Surface Started Melting This Week, Which Is Not Normal Half of Greenland's Surface Started Melting This Week, Which Is Not Normal

A major warm spell has caused nearly half the surface of the Greenland ice sheet to start melting, something that’s highly unusual for this time of year. And while this spike may pass, the gears could already be in motion for record-setting melt on the ice sheet’s western flank.

Scientists Just Installed the World’s Highest Weather Station in Mount Everest's ‘Death Zone’ Scientists Just Installed the World’s Highest Weather Station in Mount Everest's ‘Death Zone’

Scientists announced on Thursday that they successfully installed five automated stations, including the highest weather station in world, on Mount Everest’s flank. At 27,658 feet (8,430 meters) above sea level, the station is set to record some of the harshest weather anywhere on Earth. And with a satellite…

Groundbreaking Report Gives Us a Glimpse of the US Military’s Gigantic Carbon Footprint Groundbreaking Report Gives Us a Glimpse of the US Military’s Gigantic Carbon Footprint

There are a lot of superlatives that can be used to describe the U.S. military. It represents the biggest chunk of the federal budget. It’s extremely good at killing people. And it’s also a prolific carbon emitter and serial oil user.

Creator of HBO's Chernobyl Asks People Not to Snap Embarrassing Photos at Disaster Site Creator of HBO's Chernobyl Asks People Not to Snap Embarrassing Photos at Disaster Site

HBO’s Chernobyl has ignited a newfound interest in our relationship with nuclear power and the impacts of one of the worst nuclear disasters with history. It’s also wildly popular, which means it was only a matter of time people started looking to cash in on the moment on social media.

Radiohead Is Selling Its 'Hacked' Archives In the Name of Climate Change Radiohead Is Selling Its 'Hacked' Archives In the Name of Climate Change

If you hate climate change but love Radiohead, man do I have a two-for-one deal for you. The band has released 18 hours of OK Computer-era recordings it says were being held for ransom after band member Thom Yorke’s minidisc archive was stolen. The band is donating the proceeds from the sale over the next 18 days will…

We’ve Driven Nearly 600 Plant Species to Extinction, Alarming Study Finds We’ve Driven Nearly 600 Plant Species to Extinction, Alarming Study Finds

Last month’s huge extinction report showed the natural world is under siege. But the hits keep coming for nature and not in a good way.

We're All Going to be Moving to Siberia by Century's End We're All Going to be Moving to Siberia by Century's End

If you’re the type to speculate on real estate and humanity not getting its shit together to address climate change, may I interest you in a little corner of the world called Siberia.

The Gulf of Mexico's 'Dead Zone' Could Balloon to Over 8,000 Square Miles This Summer The Gulf of Mexico's 'Dead Zone' Could Balloon to Over 8,000 Square Miles This Summer

The Midwest floods portended a bad year for the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone way back in March—it was just a question of how bad things could get. Now with a few months more date, scientists have an answer.

The US Just Set Yet Another Record for Being Extremely Wet The US Just Set Yet Another Record for Being Extremely Wet

In April, the U.S. set a record for the wettest 12 month period in history. According to new government data, that record lasted all of a month.

A Peace Corps for Climate Change Is Among the Most Popular Green New Deal Policies A Peace Corps for Climate Change Is Among the Most Popular Green New Deal Policies

Americans want to get to work saving the planet from catastrophic climate change. Presidential candidate Jay Inslee’s idea of forming a Climate Conservation Corps—akin to the Peace Corps and Americorps—is among the most popular climate policies associated with the Green New Deal.

Worrying New Data Suggests Amazon Deforestation Rates Are Spiking Worrying New Data Suggests Amazon Deforestation Rates Are Spiking

The election of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far right wing president, sparked concerns that the Amazon and the people who live there would be under siege by fossil fuel, mining, timber, and agriculture interests. Unfortunately, new data suggests that those fears might be very well founded.

Climate Change Is Our Generation's Chernobyl Moment to Tell the Truth Climate Change Is Our Generation's Chernobyl Moment to Tell the Truth

HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries has reinvigorated our collective fascination with the 1986 nuclear disaster that may have in part contributed to the Soviet Union unraveling.

Trump Both Sides-es Climate Change Trump Both Sides-es Climate Change

There are many things where there are two (or more!) sides to the story. Nazis is not one of them. Neither is climate change.

Joe Biden's Climate Plan Actually Has Teeth Joe Biden's Climate Plan Actually Has Teeth

Joe Biden’s energy advisor made waves (and not in a good way) last month by saying the former vice president was working on a “middle ground” climate policy. On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful put out his plan, and it shows that the middle of the road has been pulled pretty far to the left by both…

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