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The Bitcoin 'bubble' in one FAQ
Bernanke on the Panic of 1907
Everything to know about super typhoons
Disney's lessons for media economics
The case for way more foreign aid
Why the US labor force keeps shrinking
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No-till farming is on the rise. That’s actually a big deal.
A key practice to avoid soil erosion has been making surprising gains in the U.S. So why hasn't it caught on in the rest of the world?
Everything you need to know about “super typhoons”
A record-breaking "super typhoon" is wreaking havoc in the Philippines. So what is a typhoon? What makes it super? Are they really that unusual?
The grisly economics of elephant poaching
The U.S. is planning to destroy six tons of confiscated ivory to deter poachers. Some economists worry it could have the exact opposite effect.
How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart
A new U.N. report finds a vast gulf between the world's stated ambitions to limit climate change and actual practice.
Here’s why Central Appalachia’s coal industry is dying
In recent years, Kentucky and West Virginia's coal industries have been facing a painful decline. Here are all the reasons why.
Washington could be the first state to require labels on GMOs. Here are the stakes.
On Tuesday, Washington state residents will vote on whether to require genetically modified foods sold in stores to be labeled as such.
Obama asks federal agencies to ‘prepare’ for climate change. Here’s what that means.
Even if humans stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, some climate impacts are inevitable.
Global carbon emissions grew more slowly in 2012. But will they ever decline?
Global emissions hit a record high in 2012. But the rate of growth appears to be slowing.
Almost anything would have been better stimulus than ‘Cash for Clunkers’
A new study finds the famous 2009 vehicle trade-in program created some jobs and cut carbon emissions — but at a remarkably high cost.
Congress tried to cut subsidies for homes in flood zones. It was harder than they thought.
After widespread public protests, lawmakers are reconsidering earlier reforms to the nation's flood insurance program.
Should we use geoengineering to cool the Earth? An interview with David Keith.
Geoengineering is a risky way to blunt the effects of climate change. But climate scientist David Keith says we still need to consider it seriously.
Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans?
The United States and a few other countries are rebuilding their fisheries. The rest of the world... not so much.
Climate regulations could cost fossil-fuel firms trillions. Should they be worried?
Large pension funds are now pressing oil, gas, and coal companies to explain how the prospect of carbon regulations might hurt their business.
Here’s what it would take for self-driving cars to catch on
It's not just better technology. States also need to sort through some extremely tricky licensing and liability issues.
Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology?
Since 2008, the world has committed $25 billion to carbon capture — with little to show for it so far.
U.S. carbon emissions fell sharply in 2012. But don’t expect that to last.
U.S. carbon emissions from energy hit their lowest level since 1994 last year. But they're already starting to rise again.
The shale-gas boom won’t do much for climate change. But it will make us richer.
A surge in cheap natural gas will kill off coal power. But it will also crowd out wind, solar, and nuclear too.
Supreme Court allows EPA to keep regulating carbon — but will review a few details
The EPA still has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but the Supreme Court will review a permitting program for large industrial facilities.
These maps show where the U.S. is most vulnerable to oil shocks
It's been 40 years since the first OPEC crisis crushed the U.S. economy. Here's a look at whether it could happen again.
The ‘sell-by’ dates on your groceries are useless. Here’s why.
The date-labeling system for food in the United States is a mess, a new report argues. Here's how it got that way.
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