"Sandy Schmandy, We Might Have A Drought Soon," Say Worried…

If we weren't before, we should probably all be worrying about the ozone layer right about now: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this past October was the fifth warmest ever, tied with the one in 2008. One repercussion of this unseasonably warm trend, says an analyst at Weather… » 11/17/12 12:30pm 11/17/12 12:30pm

Frankenstorm Is a Great Opportunity to Take a Much-Needed Hurrication

Just before the start of my second semester of college in New Orleans, of Louisiana fame, my dad, who had driven all the way from New Jersey with me, thus preventing me from listening to all the dance hall reggae I so desperately crave on a cross-country drive, had conversation with a scabrous Marriott bartender that… » 10/28/12 12:30pm 10/28/12 12:30pm

The Right-Wing Evangelical ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ for Isaac’s…

The cloud conglomerate known as Isaac is twist and shouting its way into the superheated waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the very same place that an ornery Old Testament god passed damning judgment on the lizard-people he'd created before people, some 6,550 years ago. It's no coincidence that Isaac will strike the very… » 8/27/12 12:50pm 8/27/12 12:50pm

Oh, Terrific: Land Hurricanes Are a Thing Now

Perhaps you have been wondering why a big chunk of the country has been without power for the last several days? Your answer: we were struck by a land hurricane. Yes, a land hurricane. For some reason, that sounds far more mysterious and menacing than a regular hurricane—sort of like a land shark is to a regular… » 7/01/12 8:55pm 7/01/12 8:55pm

Genderless Baby Looks Like A Boy. Just Saying.

On Monday, when we first heard about the Canadian parents attempting to raise their child, Storm, without telling anyone the kid's sex, we questioned whether their attempt at neutrality would make gender an even bigger deal. The answer is: Yes. Because now Storm, at the age of four months, has appeared on a national… » 5/26/11 12:25pm 5/26/11 12:25pm