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While you were watching a CGI Godzilla emerge from the Pacific this weekend, these stormchasers were capturing the birth of a monster storm (no special effects required). Thanks to the time-lapse video made by Basehunters, we can see this supercell thunderstorm taking shape over Newcastle, Wyoming.  
Repurpose Book into Bookshelf
Repurpose
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Turn a favorite tome into a bookshelf.
Sea Butterfly
Critter
Friday, July 25, 2014
Zoom in on a subsurface blizzard in polar waters and you'll find that each flake is a winged, lentil-size snail with a translucent shell, a creature that seems to have sprung straight from Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights."
UC Santa Barbara
cool schools 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
All 162 qualified schools who participated in our survey ranked in order.
Mule Deer Migration
Green Life
Monday, June 16, 2014
These deer have to cross dangerous highways to follow their migration pattern.
Mickey Smith, director of Dark Side of the Lens, makes a point of pushing his limits every day as a surf photographer and filmmaker. Smith’s haunting and magnetic voice transports the viewer to the raw and brutal coastline of Ireland, where he is a “silent workhorse” in his industry. The film is less about surfing and more about the hardships of a creative life –- a life Smith chose for the “subtle glimpses of magic” he is occasionally rewarded with. In the wake of Dark Side of the Lens' four-...
Cool Schools 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
FAQs about our annual Cool Schools ranking
Compass
The BMW i3 made its debut in U.S. markets in May. The best way to describe the car is that it's radically different. It really looks like a concept car; its design is futuristic and colorful, with the added bonus that you can actually buy it today. The i3, though dead silent, has impressed with a 22kwh battery that has a range of 81+ miles between electric charges and can take you from 0-60 in under 7 seconds.
On the One Hand: Sunscreen
On the One Hand
Thursday, June 5, 2014
On the one hand: Climate change is depleting the ozone layer, so you need sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays. On the other: Chemicals from washed-off sunscreen are damaging aquatic ecosystems.
Green Life
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Citizen-science group Nerds for Nature is learning about how drones can help the environment. Let's change the way we think about drones!
Leila's infant daughter
Green Life
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Bright, emotional, and endangered, chimpanzees remind us that we are too alike to watch each other suffer.
backyard camping
Green Life
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Transform your abode with these 8 imaginative themes.
Every election cycle the Sierra Club endorses candidates at every level of government.
Coal carrier Shen Neng aground on the Great Barrier Reef
Grapple
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
How to hasten the demise of the already-depleted coral reef? Let coal companies dredge five major new port, build them a rail line, and offer them free water.
fish canon
Green Life
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Who needs a fish ladder to transport salmon past blockading dams when you can use a fish canon?
hear no evil
The Green Life
This morning on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," Jim Zarroli had a story called "Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future of Keystone XL Pipeline." It was billed as being about "what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production." Here's who got quoted:
Arctic Ice
Florian Schulz photographs the wildlife at the top of the world
World's dumbest denier?
Green Life
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When asked for evidence that the earth is getting colder, the "Palin of the South" flees the room.
In some Southern states, leasing rooftop solar panels is illegal, energy efficiency is a novel concept, and the governor lobbies for the local coal-friendly utility. How does the South get to clean power from there?
Feature
Friday, October 3, 2014
In some Southern states, leasing rooftop solar panels is illegal, energy efficiency is a novel concept, and the governor lobbies for the local coal-friendly utility. How does the South get to clean power from there?
Drones could be a boon for conservation--but first, they need to overcome their stigma
Grapple
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drones could be a boon for conservation--but first, they need to overcome their stigma.
The Green Life
Trees, you guys
That Tree: A Year in the Life of a Lonely Oak
An entire year documented in the life of the single bur oak.
Taste Test Pickles
Taste Test
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
If you like your eating interesting and want to help the planet, it's hard to beat a local pickle--whether or not it's a cuke.
Underwater World
The cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest teem with otherworldly animals.
Trevor Thomas and Tennille
Feature
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Trevor Thomas went blind at age 36. He responded by hiking 18,000 miles. We trekked with him on North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Green Life
Monday, July 7, 2014
Ostentatious pollution surpasses the gun rack as the measure of Red State virility.
Next Big Thing: Mushrooms
Next Big Thing
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A 'shroom-based alternative to Styrofoam; fungi's crucial role in carbon storage; and using oyster mushrooms to "mycoremediate" damage from pesticides and storm runoff.
Orleans cover
Green Life
Monday, August 18, 2014
How will the future smell? How will it taste? The emerging Climate Fiction genre submerges all the senses in dystopias born from climate change chaos.
Rain, shine, or snow, Ruthy Woodring, cofounder of Pedal People, hauls away trash and recyclables for clients in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Green Biz
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Forget bulky garbage trucks and moving vans--these two start-ups haul everything by bike
S'mores
Gear Guide
Monday, July 1, 2013
Sitting around the warm glow of the campfire, telling tales, playing music, or just staring into dancing flames, is perhaps our oldest form of entertainment.

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