Here’s why FEMA’s flood maps are so terrible.

FEMA flood maps fail to take climate change into account, and they’re hard and expensive to maintain. Plus, they can be manipulated by local governments.

Last week, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. The scale of the tragedy shocked even the National Weather Service. But perhaps the most shocked set of people is the 40 to 50 percent of Houstonians who live outside Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mapped high-risk flood zones and yet still found their living rooms underwater.

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'BPA-free' products abound, but are the alternatives any better?

FIVE YEARS AGO, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially banned the use of the chemical bisphenol A — commonly referred to as BPA — in plastic baby bottles and sippy cups. A year later, the agency extended the ban to the chemical’s use in baby formula packaging. Manufacturers had used BPA for decades, but modern research in animal models and human cell cultures suggested that the estrogen-like chemical can leach from containers to food and, particularly in infants, potentially affect prostate and brain function.

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Did climate change bring down late Bronze Age civilizations?

Marine archaeologists excavating the eastern Mediterranean are learning how the Bronze Age Mycenaean, Egyptian, and Anatolian Empires fell.

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California’s surf spots are heading for a wipeout.

When powerful storms pummel the coast, strong waves erode the rock and haul beach sand out to sea. In some parts of Southern California, strong waves have already stripped some beaches, and if climate change continues on its present course, the situation will get much worse. By 2100, scientists predict that many of Southern California’s iconic beaches and top surfing spots, from Coronado Beach in San Diego to Will Rogers State Beach in Los Angeles and beyond, will be washed away.

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Trump’s team wants to recalculate the social cost of carbon.

On Monday, Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer failed to answer a straightforward question about the national unemployment rate at a press conference. (It’s 4.7 percent.) In explaining his nonanswer, Spicer said:

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California's struggle over the chemical BPA continues.

California's struggle over the chemical BPA continues

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Saving Iran's precious Lake Urmia.

Saving Iran's Precious Lake Urmia

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Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

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