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CHILLING NEWS

Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.
A PLACE YOU WANT TO LIVE

Yolanda and Alan Young never intended to make Ivanhoe their home. They purchased a two-story, shirtwaist-style house in the Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood at public auction in 1986, planning to renovate and rent or resell it. They moved in temporarily, then never left.
RUNNING THROUGH THE SIX WITH MY GMOS

People argue about GMOs because they are worried about safety, or environmental integrity, or human rights. But because the category is so porous, any policy governing “GMOs” — whether encouraging or discouraging them — can work directly against those values.
WELCOME TO THE URBAN JUNGLE

“If we are going to solve those issues of climate change — deforestation, rapid urbanization, decrease of biodiversity — all those things, then I believe it helps to take one step back and think: ‘OK — what actually is our notion of nature and how is the relationship between the biosphere and the technosphere developing?’”
POOR EXCUSES

If you follow the news, you might think that the biggest challenge cities face is not attracting the middle class, but keeping middle-income families from being priced out, or keeping long-time residents from being displaced by rising rents. This may be the case in the star cities, and a few others like Seattle and Austin. But a hard look at the data shows that the long-term trends are nothing like this at all.
WE FOUND LOVE IN A SMELLY PLACE

Have you ever sat on the subway across from a hot guy or girl holding the book you just finished, trying to peek at their left hand and wondering whether it’s kosher to start a conversation? The organization that runs the subways in Prague has a plan that will end these awkward deliberations for good.
NATURE PORN

We have seen some great videos of Yosemite in our time. But let us tell you — this is the Yosemite video to beat all Yosemite videos. Yes, there are the usual stars and shooting stars and sunrises and sunsets and light glistening off of water. But there are also horses. And hikers. And hang gliders.
WE'RE ALL KNIGHTS OF SUMMER NOW

If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. That’s beyond astonishing.
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