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A Colorado Town Is Freaking Out About THC In Its Water

A tiny Colorado town made national headlines this week after authorities told residents not to use the water, citing concerns that it had been contaminated with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.


Gross Algae Bloom Engulfs A Lake Full Of Human Waste

The United States is in the dog days of summer, which means disgusting algae blooms are cropping up across polluted and poorly managed waterways all over the country. The latest slime-covered coastline to grab headlines? Utah Lake and it seems that actual human crap is to blame.


An Enormous Green Blob Just Bubbled Out Of A Storm Drain In Utah

Residents of Bluffdale, Utah received quite a shock yesterday when an enormous blob of pale green foam sprung forth, seemingly out of nowhere, from a roadside irrigation gate.


This Bouncy Siberian Soil Is A Troubling Sign For Our Planet

Siberia, land of frozen lion cubs and inexplicable craters, is in the news again this week thanks to yet another wacky natural phenomenon. Is the ground supposed to bounce like that? Not really, but there’s a likely explanation: Lots and lots of gas.


Greenland Just Lost A Trillion Tonnes Of Ice And Nobody Noticed

Between 2011 and 2014, while humans were discovering dubstep and the wonder of selfies, Greenland was melting fast. It lost a trillion tonnes of ice in just three years, and the world neither noticed nor gave a damn.


Florida's Slime Coast Is A State-Sponsored Disaster

Image: Maddie Stone The smell hit me as soon as I opened my car door — like rancid milk mixed with dog shit. I gasped for breath as humid air descended, filling my pores with the putrid odor.


A Vast Australian Underwater Forest Is Roasting To Death

One of the largest kelp forests on Earth is dying because of climate change. Australia’s Great Southern Reef has lost 100km of coastline to a series of extreme heatwaves from 2011 to 2013, according to research published this week in Science — and the problem is getting worse.


Florida's Disgusting Algae Bloom Is Now Visible From Space

An enormous algae bloom turned Florida’s Treasure Coast a gnarly shade of green last week, and now we know just what that goopy nightmare looks like from space. On July 2, NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite snapped some weirdly impressionistic images of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, in which you can see billions of green microbes spawning like mad.


Herpes Outbreak Among Australia's Green Sea Turtles Likely Triggered By Pollution

Australian scientists in the midst of investigating a herpes outbreak among green sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef say the blight — which causes abnormal growths on the skin, mouth, eyes and internal organs — is likely due to pollution.


The Ozone Hole Is Finally Healing

Nearly 30 years after an international treaty banned the use of chlorofluorocarbons, the Antarctic ozone hole is finally starting to heal. By mid to late century, it should be fully recovered.


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