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The 1969 Oil Spill That Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

Scientists at NOAA have updated the environmental catastrophe for today's media-hungry, GIS-loving audience.

Why Detroit's Collapse Was So Much Worse Than Other Hard-Hit Cities

Comparing the Motor City's manufacturing woes to the rest of the region.

The Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade

Hospital rooms, shopping floors, and fast-food counters: This is where the future of U.S. employment lives. We think.

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Mapping the U.S. Metros Where High Unemployment Could Persist for Years

Yes, there are still plenty of places that are unlikely to rebound until 2018 or later. 

How Istanbul Will Define This Decade

Istanbul is on pace to become Europe's most populous metro between 2017 and 2018. How will the city handle it?

These Maps Lay Out Exactly Where to Find California's Gold

Guides for prospectors, circa 1848.

Los Angeles Is Overdue for a More Powerful Earthquake Than We Thought

Supercomputers reveal a natural channel in the earth that could bring potent shaking to the megacity.

The U.S. Has a Social Mobility Problem, But Not the One You Think

A child's chances of reaching the middle class aren't declining. But whether they get there depends a lot on where they live.

Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place

Which makes doing something about it all the more difficult.

This 100-Year-Old Idea Could End San Francisco's Class War

A century-old idea to rethink how we tax land.

The Amazing Endurance of Slums

Despite major advances, the world's slum population will likely double to 2 billion by 2050.

Why Old Post Offices Still Matter

These iconic buildings are great for a city's character and downtown vitality. But they're quickly disappearing.

The Midwest Is Running Dangerously Low on Propane

And prices are up 50 percent since last week.

Australia Should Probably Get Used to These Devastating Heat Waves

Climate change will mean more frequent and more powerful El Niños, say researchers.

Extending the School Day Is a Lot Harder Than It Seems

Chicago's new plan to keep kids in school longer has been challenged by budget cuts and safety concerns.

Detroit's Latest Plan for Financial Solvency Goes Bust

A judge rejected they city's proposal to offer gambling revenue as loan collateral.

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How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.

The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs

The rise of the baristas.