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A huge swath of South Carolina land is now preserved for generations

Estill, South Carolina — The descendants of John Winthrop, founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony nearly 400 years ago, recently set aside 14,000 acres along the Savannah River that will forever remain undeveloped. It’s the largest private conservation easement in…

7 mind-bending facts about magic mushrooms

Fungi have flourished on Earth for quite a while, possibly more than 2 billion years. They’ve evolved some impressive tricks during that time, including many that are either fascinating or frightening to humans — and sometimes a bit of both….

Why new buildings in NYC are about to become much safer for birds

Maybe you’ve seen it happen at your home. A bird comes soaring by, not realizing there’s a window there, and collides with the glass. Hopefully, he’s just dazed and slowly flies away. But researchers estimate that glass collisions kill up…

Why Everything They Say About California Fires Is Wrong

In 2018, a fire ripped through the town of Paradise, California, killing 85 people. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Liabilities from wildfires started by its powerlines bankrupted Pacific Gas & Electric, which cut…

Energy Companies Ask Supreme Court For Emergency Stay In Climate Suits

Given their past failures at the federal level, climate activists are working overtime to ensure their lawsuits against energy producers, filed by Baltimore and Rhode Island, remain in state court. Earlier this week the defendants petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court…

Why some libraries are getting rid of late fees

Maybe it’s happened to you at some time or another. You’ve sheepishly handed over a book to the librarian and had to fish around for change for the overdue fines. But library late fees are much more than a minimal…

Sorry, Electric Scooters Aren’t So Climate-Friendly After All

Bird boasts that its dockless electric scooters allow customers to “cruise past traffic and cut back on CO2 emissions—one ride at a time.” Its rival Lime claims the vehicles “reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short-distance transportation and leave future…