Environment

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Disaster Aversion

The quest to control hurricanes.

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The Thing With Feathers

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was extinct. Then it wasn’t. The story of an uncertain resurrection.

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Paradise With An Asterisk

“From all appearances, this place is still an earthly paradise. There is just one problem, though you could stare at this palm grove for a lifetime and never see it. The soil under our feet, whitish gray in color with flecks of coral, contains a radioactive isotope called cesium 137.”

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A Fish Story

Trying to fix the Atlantic Ocean’s food chain.

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Power, Pollution and the Internet

The environmental impact of server farms.

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The Weatherman Is Not a Moron

How meteorologists are improving their predictive powers.

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Keystone

On the economics, impact, and communities of the international pipeline.

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My Bird Problem

A personal reflection on bird-watching and relationships.

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The Battle Over Climate Science

Inside the increasingly hostile global warming debate.

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Wasteland

The fifty-year battle over where we store our nuclear remains.

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Out for Blood

How we try - and usually fail - to fight the mosquito.

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Why Johnny Can't Ride

“What are you doing here?” Loggins asked Janette. Janette thought this an odd question. “It’s Bike to Work Day,” she said. “Did you ride your bike to school?”“Bicycling isn’t allowed at Maple Avenue School,” said Loggins. Janette did a double take. “You’re kidding me,” she said. “Right?”

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Fire in the Hole

For a half-century fires have burned under Centralia, PA.

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Last Ones Left in a Toxic Kansas Town

On the final two holdouts in Treece, Kansas, a former mining town that is soon to be wiped off the maps.

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Chemotherapy for the Climate?

On geoengineering, a high risk/high reward fix for global warming.

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I, Turbo

On spending six months on the southern coast of Argentina with the “Jane Goodall of penguins” and several hundred of her research subjects.

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Greening the Ghetto

A profile of environmental activist Van Jones.

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Oh, This Is Great

On the Texas-sized trash island floating in the Pacific.

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Toxic

An investigation into Erin Brockovich and the lawsuits that made her famous.

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Jungleland

The changing landscape of the Lower Ninth Ward in post-Katrina New Orleans:

There have been sightings of armadillos, coyotes, owls, hawks, falcons and even a four-foot alligator, drinking from a leaky fire hydrant. Rats have been less of a problem lately because of the stray cats and the birds of prey. But it’s not just animals that emerge from the weeds.

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Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust

How an industry that couldn’t miss did just that.

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The Devastating Costs of the Amazon Gold Rush

How black market mining is destroying the Peruvian rain forest and enslaving child workers.

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Kuwait on the Prairie

A report from the oil boom in North Dakota, where unemployment is 3.4 percent and McDonald’s gives out $300 signing bonuses.

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Reversal of Fortune

Steven Donziger, an American lawyer, headed up a successful lawsuit against Chevron on behalf of Ecuadorans. Then the legal tables turned on him.

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The End of Cheap Coffee

The case for why a cup of joe is about to become a luxury item.

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The Avenging Angel

On the dying city of Port Arthur, Texas, and one man’s fight to save it.

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Cisco's Big Bet on New Songdo: Creating Cities From Scratch

On the development of South Korea’s New Songdo and Cisco’s plans to build smart cities which will “offer cities as a service, bundling urban necessities – water, power, traffic, telephony – into a single, Internet-enabled utility, taking a little extra off the top of every resident’s bill.” The demand for such cities is enormous:

China doesn't need cool, green, smart cities. It needs cities, period -- 500 New Songdos at the very least. One hundred of those will each house a million or more transplanted peasants. In fact, while humanity has been building cities for 9,000 years, that was apparently just a warm-up for the next 40. As of now, we're officially an urban species. More than half of us -- 3.3 billion people -- live in a city. Our numbers are projected to nearly double by 2050, adding roughly a New Songdo a day; the United Nations predicts the vast majority will flood smaller cities in Africa and Asia.

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Torn Asunder: How the Deadliest Twister in Decades Ripped Through Joplin, Mo.

She surveyed her former possessions, the stuff of a world now lost. "I'd be happy with just walking away from all of this," she concluded. "Dump it all and just start over. Happy birthday — I'm alive."
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The Coming Storm

What overcrowded and swelling Bangladesh can tell us about how the planet’s population, more than 1/3 of which live within 62 miles of a shoreline, will react to rising sea levels.

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Think Globally, Destroy Locally: Environmentalism for the 21st Century

On the battle over solar farms in the Mojave desert. An excerpt from Madrigal’s new book, Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.

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Prodigal Sun

Energy problems are long problems that often receive short solutions. In 2000, when Mother Jones ran this history about what happened to the energy research boom of the late 70s and early 80s, I was buying $0.99 a gallon gas for my Escort. I chose this story because I think longform journalism can keep people interested in these issues that require decadal attention but are subject to year-to-year fluctuations in public interest. And it’s a great story.

-A. Madrigal

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Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden

Twenty-five years later, inside the Exclusion Zone.

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A Physicist Solves the City

“Look, we all know that every city is unique. That’s all we talk about when we talk about cities, those things that make New York different from L.A., or Tokyo different from Albuquerque. But focusing on those differences misses the point. Sure, there are differences, but different from what? We’ve found the what.”

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Inhaling the Spore

A trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.

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Don Blankenship: The Dark Lord of Coal Country

The profile that led to the Massey Energy CEO’s resignation.

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Dirty Coal, Clean Future

America, China, and the case for coal as a vital weapon in the war against climate change.

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The Golden Bough

In 1997, a logger-turned-activist named Grant Hadwin cut down a very special tree. Then he bought a kayak and disappeared.

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As the World Burns

The story of how Washington blew its best shot to do something on climate change.

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Where the Ghost Bird Sings

The author investigates the massive wildlife die-off in the Salton Sea by rafting from its tributaries in Mexico.

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Tuna's End

Will we deplete the worldwide Bluefin Tuna population beyond repair?

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Boom

An hour-by-hour account of the explosion and rescue effort on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Hot Air

Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?

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Jungle Law

It’s the biggest environmental lawsuit in history. The people of Lago Agrio, an oil-rich area in the Ecuadorean Amazon, are suing Chevron for $6 billion after decades of spills. The case has been underway since 1993.

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There Was ‘Nobody in Charge’

A mayday call in the critical moments after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform.

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Building a Green Economy

Paul Krugman breaks down the basics of climate change economics, from Arthur Cecil Pigou to Capitol Hill.