We're fully aware of the destruction and damage that storms like Sandy may cause. But we just can't just throw around "storm of the century" when scientists say that these storms will start appearing more and more.
Was Oklahoma's massive storm an inevitable side effect of higher atmospheric temperatures, or was it simply a bad storm, like so many before? Here's a survey of opinions so far.
Discovered: Nuclear disaster lingers in Japanese waters; the hole in the Antarctic ozone hasn't been this small since the '90s; the problem with algae-derived biofuels; the amazing shrinking ancient hippo.
The presidential debates are over and to the chagrin of earthly-minded individuals, the topic of global warming was roundly ignored by the moderators and both candidates.
Discovered: New accelerators lessen environmental impact of physics research; Cato Institute tries to quash climate findings; Lorca earthquake linked to well digging; rice crops speed warming.
Scientific American on energy costs and freight rails, New Scientist on turning air into gas, Reuters on tropical disease in Europe, The Guardian on Sting and tree uprooting, and the Associated Press on protests in China.
Los Angeles Times on security and melting ice caps, New York Times on a dumping businessman, The Guardian on Saudi Arabia and renewable energy, Kansas City Star on polar bears, and Wired on organic-industrial combo farming
Discovered: Botox lifts faces and moods; papers retracted due to fraud more often than error; climate change could decimate fish; African salmonella outbreak connected to HIV.
Digital music streams could harm the environment even more than compact discs – so green-minded operators should introduce caching, or even ship their entire catalogues on a single chip.
The ice over the Arctic Ocean is shrinking at record rates this year, a stark signal of global warming, scientists say. How bad is it? Watch this striking animated GIF of the past few decades' of ice shrinkage from climate change blog Open Mind.
Maybe it's the weather up there: Two recent polls show that fewer Canadians than Americans doubt climate change's occurence.
Discovered: Tanzania might profit from global warming; massive stars suck their partners dry; it's hard to remember things on ecstasy; researching the benefits of barefoot running.
Discovered: Polar bears have been around for milions of years; the Big Rip gets moved up; a rat's heart becomes a jellyfish; JFK and LAX, hubs for the spread of infectious disease.
British scientists think a modern society lived on land now under water due to rising sea levels.
Discovered: What 2,000 years of climate change looks like, just being fat isn't actually unhealthy, a molecule that could make teeth cavity proof, and get ready for R-rated movies just for smoking.
Discovered: Yes, even the iciest place on the planet is warm, Zebra fish are just the best, a very inconvenient way to save a worm's life, and the fastest camera uses its powers for good.
Discovered: Record breaking U.S. droughts, China has more child diabetes than the U.S., things look bad for the coral reef, and a human-like robot eye.
Discovered: An alternative to embryonic stem cells, some fish can handle all that CO2, a photo of an atom's shadow, and the salmon aren't spawning so much anymore.
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's predecessor Lee Raymond was famous for providing "logistical and moral support" (like cash) to climate change deniers, but these days Tillerson's taking a different, sort of casual-sounding tack: just deal with it.
Discovered: Exercise reduces breast cancer risk, two classes of wine a day keeps the doctor away, kids have worse allergies than previously thought and it just takes two degrees of warming for bit climate change.
Discovered: Mars has tons of water, space's new planets are too close for comfort, elephant seals make good scientists, and fructose (sugar!) could be healthy, after all.
Discovered: The real key to happiness, the penguins don't appreciate the warm weather, smoking causes skin cancer, too, a protein that could regenerates nerves.
Discovered: Teen driving laws work, a delicious way to lose weight, cheap drugs aren't always the best kind of drugs, and our oceans can't hold all of our carbon dioxide anymore.
Discovered: Blame La Niña for that warm Spring, kids really do send nudie pics to each other, women doctors make a lot less money than their male counterparts, and no ice at the Northeast Passage this year.
Discovered: Humans for certain caused ocean warming, diesel fumes cause cancer, Prometheus style interstellar travel isn't happening anytime soon, personalized e-mails do not work, and scale walls like Spider-Man with this backpack.
Discovered: Climate change has already changed some biomes, the healthiest amount of booze, kids need to stop stressing, a delicious way to quit smoking, and an insane cool picture of Venus.
Discovered: Our galaxy is on a crash course, get ready for a nasty hurricane season, the poor butterflies, and chocolate is now healthy.
Discovered: Old people don't smell bad, we don't need more aerosol in the air, fewer food choices aren't always better, and fixing a spinal cord injury.
Discovered: Greenland's losing more ice than ever before, pointy eyebrows really are evil, computers can tell when a smile isn't genuine, and politics has lowered Scottish life expectancy
Discovered: Rapid fire evolution in a Connecticut pond, why pesticides are killing the bees, the best new species on the planet, and butterflies have gotten snobby.
Discovered: People with kids are happier than people without kids, eating at the right time matters, Australia has had a hot 1,000 years, and whales ears work like hearing aides.
Discovered: Gaydar is 80 percent real, today's forest fires are different than ancient ones, baby galaxies grow up too fast, and the success gene is real.
Discovered: Many of our mammal brethren will not survive climate change, high fructose corn syrup keeps getting better, finally a plastic bag solution that works for the environment, and America will get a lot warmer over the next sixty years.
Discovered: A potentially delicious weight-loss solution, an artificial leaf that can save us from climate change, biodiversity is our next environmental issue, and a big pretty picture of a ball of old stars.
Discovered: The official medical scale for Facebook addiction, dino farts caused global warming, the high risk of assisted reproduction techniques, and a crocodile big enough to eat humans.
Discovered: There's only one possible thing that could be causing Arctic ice-shelf loss, a fun fact about mammal eyes, finally a positive health benefit to staring at a computer all day and a 5,000 year old blood cell.
Discovered in Green: Wind farms are making the Earth warmer, a map of clean and dirty ground water, the coral reef is moving, and Yellowstone's super-volcano isn't all that super.
The news from a new study on the earth's rainfall isn't the fact that global warming is making it rain more in wet areas and less in dry ones, it's how much scientists had previously underestimated that trend: By half.
The Washington Post on the president and climate change, The New York Times on 2,4-D and chicken sanctuaries, the Los Angeles Times on making organic farms efficient, and The Guardian on shrinking the world
Discovered in Green: Organic farming isn't always sustainable, another thing that's hurting the honey-bees, warming oceans are melting glaciers, and some trees grow better in dirty cities.
The Guardian on Vietnam's mangroves, Salon on Mitt Romney's flip-flop on solar, Maria van der Hoeven on the state of carbon emissions, ClimateWire on diesel, and Mother Jones on rising sea levels
Discovered in Green: Small amounts of a common contaminant is spreading breast cancer, reading palm trees teaches us about plant diversity and climate change, handling bark beetles, and how to get plant's to act less defensive.
Today in Green Research: Cookstoves aren't saving humanity, pollution's making us fat, climate change is going to mess with the corn market, a highly endangered plant.
The polar bear has a become an (insufferably cute) symbol of global warming -- meaning we were extra keen on reading into a new study, published in Science, on the genetic origins of these Coke-drinking cuddlers, looking for insight on how climate change will affect them.
Discovered in Green: Not all glaciers are melting into oblivion, death by pollution, eating meat is good for humanity, and we need new, different pine trees.
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