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Arctic Permafrost: Climate Wild Card

On the basics, the science of climate change is pretty straightforward. Carbon dioxide released into the air—whether through the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation or other natural causes—adds to the greenhouse effect, which traps more solar energy in the atmosphere and warms the planet. But just how this will happen—how fast …

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The E-Waste Blight Grows More Dangerous Than Ever

There’s nothing that thrills tech-lovers more than the latest Shiny New Thing. In the first three quarters of 2011 alone, 55 million iPhones were sold—and that was before the release of the 4s this month. That’s a lot of Shiny New Things.

The problem is, Shiny New Things quickly become Familiar Old Things, and nothing seems so …

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Why the Future of Skincare May Be Algae

[Update: The original title of the post said that the algae used in the Algenist cosmetics line was genetically engineered. That’s not the case—the compounds come from existing microalgae that Solazyme has been able to identify and grow. We’ve fixed the headline—my apologies.]

Trying to make a biofuel startup work is tough. On …

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Is Ecocide a Crime?

From TIME contributor Joe Jackson:

As oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in May 2010, and then CEO Tony Hayward made his infamous statement that he wanted his life back, he likely had little fear of it being taken in a court of law.

But that reality could be changing as a movement to make …

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How to Make Crops Flood-Proof

Water is a fact of life in Thailand and its capital of Bangkok, where one of the easiest ways to get around the traffic-clogged megacity is on water taxis. This is a country, after all, that celebrates a water festival—involving some serious Super Soakers—every year. But weeks of rains have caused the worst floods Thailand has …

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How Chinese Babies Pay the Price for Chinese Pollution

It’s a very good thing that neural tube defects are relatively rare in the U.S., because they are very cruel conditions for a newborn to  suffer. The two most common types of such birth defects are spina bifida – in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close properly  — and anencephaly, in which a large portion of the …

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