John Metcalfe

Thanks to Us, Antarctica Has Lead Poisoning

Industrial pollution reached the South Pole long before the first explorers arrived there in 1911.

Urban Heat Islands Are Helping Kill Trees

The warmer conditions cities create make plant-eating pests thrive.

Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Looking Back at America's Largest Hailstone

On this day in 2010, a town in South Dakota was visited by a two-pound ice monster from the sky.

A Lovely Animation of the Planet's Hot-Weather 'Misery'

Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?

Wisconsin Is Getting Smothered by Millions of Gross, Horny Flies

Close your mouth while looking at these photos, or a bug might fly in.

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

Pigeon breeding has a long and rich history in the region, dating back 4,000 years.

More Evidence There Is No 'Pause' in Global Warming

Despite what skeptics claim, the earth is on track for even hotter days ahead.

Seals Are Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

Some swim around the turbines in a grid fashion, probably hunting for prey.

A Doomed Seattle Freeway Ramp Gets a Loving Goodbye

Artists transform a highway ramp that over the years has welcomed skateboarders, divers, hermits, and marriage-seekers.

Wind Farm Fires Are Much More Common Than We Thought

And they're underreported by as much as 10 times, according to new research.

Toledo Does a Double Demolition of Smokestacks

These old coal stacks hit the ground with a deeply enjoyable whumpf.

To End California's Drought, More Than 1 Foot of Rain Needs to Fall in a Month

Rain that will likely never arrive, that is.

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

On This Day in 1910, New York's Monorail Suffered a Grievous Wreck

A sad tale of extremely poor transportation planning.

The U.S. Now Has More Than 3,000 Breweries

The last time this happened was in the 1870s.

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

A Brief History of Houses Built Out of Spite

One way to get back at the neighbors? Block their light and views.

Pensacola, Florida, Wins for 2014's Most Frightening Cloud

Is it safe to come out from under the bed now?