Christopher Chase

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What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>If you dig deep enough into the Earth’s climate change archives, you hear about the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM. And then you get scared.<p>This is a time period, about 56 million years ago, when something mysterious happened — there are many ideas as to what …

Climate Change

The profound planetary consequences of eating less meat

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>A striking new study — but one that is bound to prove controversial — has provided a calculation of both the health benefits and the reductions in planetary greenhouse gases that might be achieved if the world shifted away from meat-based diets.<p>The results, while …

We had all better hope these scientists are wrong about the planet’s future

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>An influential group of scientists led by James Hansen, the former NASA scientist often credited with having drawn the first major attention to climate change in 1988 congressional testimony, has published a dire climate study that suggests the impact of global warming …

Climate Change

Why it seems impossible to buy your first home

A starter home is supposed to be an entry point into the market: a modest property, maybe a two-bed, one-bath, a place a young couple could buy into before all the pets and kids and seldom-used kitchen appliances come along.<p>Buy a starter home, if all goes well, and you position yourself later to …

What to expect from Apple’s big event

Apple is gearing up for another big event Monday, as it prepares to offer its usual spring refresh of its products. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch, at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.<p>Reports have indicated that Apple is …

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Supreme Court Gives Boost to Stun Gun Owners

The U.S Supreme Court Monday wiped out a Massachusetts court ruling that had upheld the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who carried a stun gun for protection from an abusive former boyfriend.<p>The ruling cast doubt over a handful of state bans on possessing Tasers and other kinds of stun …