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Scott Pruitt Says He Had to Spend So Much on First Class Flights Since Backlash to Him Is So 'Toxic'

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who either denies climate change or thinks it might be good, actually depending on how he feels that day, has done his very best to decimate the agency’s ranks at the same time he’s spent hundreds of thousands in taxpayer money on elaborate security measures like…

Trump Administration May Face Lawsuit Over Refusal to Restrict Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

If Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency does not implement restrictions on pesticides advocated in a recent National Marine Fisheries Services report, environmental activists and commercial fisheries hoping to preserve Pacific Northwest stocks of “salmon, sturgeon, orca and other endangered species” may file…

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The Amazing Earth Science Behind The Last Jedi's New Mineral World 

One of the most visually striking elements of The Last Jedi—aside from the epic space battles, of course—is Crait, the glittering mineral world that becomes the focal point of the film’s final act. But as alien as this planet seems, Crait was shot right here on Earth, meaning there’s loads of real-world geology,…

Scientists Are Using Drones to Make Sure Seals Are Fat and Healthy

Evaluating the health of wildlife—and by proxy the ecosystems they inhabit—often comes down to taking key measurements of the animals’ “body condition,” including length and weight. But obtaining these measurements is labor intensive and invasive. This is especially true for leopard seals, which are challenging to…