As the changing climate continues to trigger disaster and disruption, California's Rim Fire, which has burned 235,841 acres, is the latest to be added to this year's list of brushfires.
Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.
There's a big, gaping hole in this story: specifically, a sinkhole. In Bayou Corne, Louisiana, it's an ongoing environmental disaster that first emerged in August 2012.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of finalizing its next report, due to be released in four volumes between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.
Marijuana is the state's biggest cash crop with an estimated $14 billion in legal and illegal sales annually.
Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife, and it shows no signs of stopping.
It has also ordered the company to invest at least $20 million in an improved fracking wastewater management system, which would prevent future incidents.
Experiments on chimps have been conducted in the U.S. for more than 90 years, despite consistent pressure on the government and corporations by animal welfare groups.