Animals Bout to Die

Hamilton Nolan · 05/04/15 04:03PM

Herbivores—animals too weak to even kill and eat another, weaker animal—may be in for an “enormous” die-off soon. I suppose this is our fault, also?

California, Your Apocalypse Is Now More Likely

Hamilton Nolan · 03/11/15 03:35PM

It is less accurate to call California "a U.S. state" than it is to call it "a future earthquake-induced rubble pile." As happens quite often, scientists have once again made their doomsaying forecasts about California's disastrous future even worse.

The Top 1% Is Close to Owning Most of Everything

Hamilton Nolan · 01/19/15 01:12PM

If current trends continue—and there is no reason to suspect they won't—we may be just a year away from a time when the wealthiest 1% of people in the world control the majority of the wealth.

Hamilton Nolan · 01/06/15 05:48PM

As a top money manager says "The good times are over," stocks fell today for the fifth day in a row, their longest losing streak in more than a year. Also, astronomers observed the largest-ever x-ray flare from the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Things are happening.

One Earthquake Could Make Los Angeles Die of Thirst

Hamilton Nolan · 12/16/14 10:15AM

For those of us who live on the East Coast, contemplating the demise of Los Angeles at the hands of Mother Nature is like watching a horror movie, rather than like being in a horror movie. Did you know one little earthquake could make the whole place dry up and blow away?

Bubble Watch: Junk Bonds Edition

Hamilton Nolan · 12/15/14 11:10AM

The American economy is booming, for the most part! That means that it is constantly a good time to worry about which part of the economy will collapse first. Today: shitty bonds?

Hamilton Nolan · 12/04/14 05:22PM

Just as Japan launches a space probe that will rendezvous with an asteroid, a global group of scientists warns that unless we do a better job of tracking asteroids, the entire human race could well be wiped out. Should you be worried? Yes. Death is certain.

Recession 2015? Maybe!

Hamilton Nolan · 11/10/14 11:20AM

As we prepare for the holiday season in which we reflect upon the past year and make plans for the year to come, let us all begin to feel the creeping sense of fear that comes with the confident expert prediction: Recession 2015.

Hamilton Nolan · 11/04/14 05:04PM

A new study estimates that Europe has suffered "a decrease of 421 million individual birds" in the past 30 years.

Kill the Oil Companies Before They Kill Us

Hamilton Nolan · 11/03/14 12:42PM

There is a new U.N. report on climate change. Its warnings are very, very dire. It is time that the public comes to terms with the choice we face: keep fossil fuels in the ground, or face doom. Oil companies, like it or not, must be forced to change or be killed.

Hamilton Nolan · 10/16/14 08:50AM

Continuing its fun new trend, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged more than 100 points already this morning. Fear is back! Heyyyy, buddy!

Florida Is So Stupid

Hamilton Nolan · 09/19/14 01:40PM

You may have heard that the sea levels are rising. You may have heard that over the next several decades, rising seas will threaten major coastal cities. You may have surmised that it's dumb, then, to build houses right by the water. Not Florida!

Tom Scocca · 09/10/14 02:40PM

What's left of the late Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church pickets in the vicinity of Gawker Media on its God Hates the Media Dotcom tour of New York.