Scientists are now mapping a world that is changing rapidly in often terrifying ways. Climate disruption and world leaders' unwillingness to act have put us at risk of experiencing mega-droughts, the disappearance of coral reefs and other ecological impacts of an anthropogenically warming planet.
Oil and gas exploration has always been dangerous. But recent research - along with documented incidents in the field - are making it clear just how hazardous fracking can be for industry workers.
From frack hands to field engineers, workers are exposed to hazards that range from silica dust clouds lifted as delivery trucks dump sand that's blended with fracking fluids to dangerous levels of benzene in the air.
There is an enormous amount of political debate over various pieces of legislation that are supposed to be massive job killers. While there is great concern in Washington over imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it. The Fed's plans to raise interest rates are rarely spoken of as hurting employment, but job-killing is really at the center of the story.