“Breathtaking”: The White House Releases Its Climate Heavy Hitter on the Polar Vortex

John Holdren. Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS

You don’t get a more credible spokesman than John Holdren.

UN Climate Chief Calls for Tripling of Clean Energy Investment

Christiana Figueres says $1 trillion a year is required for the transformation needed to stay within 2C of warming.

How the West Virginia Spill Exposes Our Lax Chemical Laws

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We really don’t know much about the chemical involved. And that’s the problem.

A Poison Aficionado’s Guide to 6 Killer Chemicals

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Science journalist Deborah Blum explores the homicidal—and, the environmental—ways that chemistry can do us in.

Brrrr: Incredible Photos of the Polar Vortex


The polar vortex sweeping the country is producing some rather lovely photos. Here are a few of our favorites.


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