climate change
France’s Fuel Tax Disaster Shows We Can’t Save Earth by Screwing Over Poor People

France has turned into a bubbling cauldron of unrest over the past month as the so-called yellow vest movement has put up roadblocks and taken to the streets to protest a fuel tax. Last week’s protests turned violent and facing a crisis, the government of Emmanuel Macron decided today to drop the tax. However, there is much to be learned from the fiasco. Read More >>

climate change
We’re Now Seriously Considering Geoengineering Coral Reefs to Save Them

Coral reefs are facing a crisis thanks to an ever-growing list of threats, from climate change to ocean acidification to pollution. In an effort to stem the rising tide of damage, the US National Academy of Sciences released a major report on Wednesday chronicling the high-tech interventions we might have to use to save coral. Read More >>

environment
Pacific Crabbers Are the First Big Industry to Sue Big Oil

In 2015, the crab pots sat empty and boats sat idle in small towns up and down the coast of the US state of California. A wave of warm water—dubbed the Blob—had washed over America's West Coast, bringing with it a toxic algae bloom that infected Dungeness crabs with a potent neurotoxin. Read More >>

climate change
The Most Vulnerable Nations on Earth Are Holding the World’s First Virtual Climate Summit

For French President Emmanuel Macron to address delegates at this Thursday’s Climate Vulnerable Forum, he would have to hop an 8,510-mile plane ride from Paris to Majuro in the Marshall Islands. Roundtrip, that would put 7.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Read More >>

wildfires
It’s Official: The Camp Fire Is Now The Deadliest in California’s History

The Camp Fire that overtook the Northern California town of Paradise last week quickly became the most destructive wildfire in state history. Now, with more than 42 dead and hundreds still missing, it is almost certainly going to be the US state’s deadliest. Read More >>

climate change
Watch 40 Years of Icebergs Breaking off Antarctica

Iceberg mania briefly overtook the internet last month when NASA captured a rectangular freakberg. But icebergs are with us all the time, and there’s a new animation to help you celebrate them in all shapes and sizes. Read More >>

science
The Ozone Hole Could Heal in Our Lifetimes

When the world gets its act together, it can actually solve big problems. Case in point: The ozone hole, which if everything goes according to plan could be healed up by the 2060s, according to a new report from the United Nations. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
Mining Bitcoin Can Be More of an Energy Drain Than Actual Mining

Cryptocurrency and precious metals share some similarities. Libertarians love them. Their values are social constructs. They’re mined. And accomplishing said mining takes a tonne of energy. Read More >>

technology
Whales Can Now Be Tracked From Space

Whales are big-ass animals. They’re so big, in fact, that satellite technology is now good enough to spot them from space. Read More >>

science
Human Carbon Emissions Are Dissolving the Ocean Floor

It seems humanity isn’t just content to screw up the surface of the planet. We’re going to do the deep ocean, too. Read More >>

environment
The Amazon Rainforest Faces ‘Genocide’ Under Brazil’s New Far-Right President

It is not hyperbole to wonder if the outcome of Sunday’s presidential election in Brazil is a planetary game over when it comes to climate change. Read More >>

climate change
A Massive Iceberg Just Popped off West Antarctica

While the internet was obsessing over that rectangular iceberg, some more disconcerting icy behaviour went down on the other side of the Antarctic. Read More >>

technology
Y Combinator Is Funding Some Seriously Wild Ideas For Sucking Carbon Out of the Air 

It’s increasingly clear that we can’t maintain a stable climate without pulling carbon out of the air. But the technologies for doing so are are completely unproven at the scale needed. Which is why Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that’s invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox and other wildly successful companies, is now looking to fund carbon capture companies working on some pretty outlandish ideas. Read More >>

science
How NASA Found That Freaky Viral Iceberg 

Antarctica has been really been letting its hair down lately. First, there was news of a haunting hum coming from one of its ice shelves. Then came the weirdo rectangular iceberg. Read More >>

science
The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Read More >>