John Metcalfe

CityLab

The Bay Area's Worst Bike Ride Is Also Its Best

This ride's for you (if you like hulking seafaring machines and a Superfund site).

Dan/Wikimedia

Gelatinous Sea Creatures Storm San Francisco

Squishy, intergalactic-looking "hydroid polyps" have washed up on beaches by the thousands.

Blitzortung

Crowdsourcing Lightning Strikes Actually Works Pretty Well

A Dusseldorf-based network has linked more than 800 low-priced lightning detectors around the globe.

Climate Central

How Much Hotter Will Your City Be in 2100?

An interactive map shows the predicted high temperatures in 1,001 U.S. cities and towns.

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

Amy McGovern

The U.S. Cities With the Worst Climate Change-Related Flooding

Rising sea levels have kicked up flood days by as much as 900 percent along parts of the East Coast.

Stein Tronstad

Thanks to Us, Antarctica Has Lead Poisoning

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

Adam Dale/North Carolina State University

Urban Heat Islands Are Helping Kill Trees

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

Chris Walker/Mic

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?

NOAA

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.

Cameron Beccario

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

Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?

La Crosse NWS

Wisconsin Is Getting Smothered by Millions of Gross, Horny Flies

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

Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

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

REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

More Evidence There Is No 'Pause' in Global Warming

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

Current Biology/Russell et al.

Seals Are Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

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

Re-Collective

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.

IAFSS/European Platform Against Windfarms

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.

Associated Press

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.