Environmental Extremes

As Drought-Hit Australia Burns, Victims Cling to the Idea That Climate Change Is 'Unproven'

The northeast interior has become a case study in global warming. Here we see the ramifications of a changing climate, but also how humans hold onto preconceptions regardless of new evidence.
Gavin Butler
2 days ago

One of Australia’s Most Expensive Police Cars Caught Fire After Being Parked on Some Grass

The $200,000 vehicle's state-of-the-art crime fighting technology somehow set fire to the grass, then itself.
Gavin Butler
Australia Today

Adelaide Strip Club Evacuated After Miss Nude Australia Contestant Sets Stage on Fire

Hundreds of patrons were forced to leave the Crazy Horse club after an onstage accident triggered the sprinkler system and caused $3000 worth of damage.
Gavin Butler
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Ten Thousand Homeless After Massive Fire Rages Through a Bangladeshi Slum

Many of the shanties were empty at the time of the blaze, as residents left the city to visit their families for Eid.
Gavin Butler

The Site of One of the Largest US Oil Refineries Is on Fire

A petrochemical facility at ExxonMobil's Baytown, Texas complex burst into flames on Wednesday.
Sarah Emerson
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Fire Breaks Out at Japanese Animation Studio, with 10 Presumed Dead

Authorities are suspecting a possible arson attack at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co.
Gavin Butler
food news

The Tempura Flakes on Sushi Rolls Are Spontaneously Combusting and Starting Fires

Two sushi restaurants in Wisconsin have caught on fire since April, and investigators believe that both incidents were caused by tempura 'crunch.'
Jelisa Castrodale
Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fire Caused Lead Levels in the Area to Skyrocket

Officials have stressed, however, that lead poisoning is typically something that happens over long periods of exposure.
Tim Marcin

It Looks Like a Tesla Model S Just Exploded in a Chinese Parking Garage

A CCTV video has captured what appears to be a Tesla Model S self-combusting in a Shanghai parking lot.
Sarah Emerson

How to Mourn a Building

We spoke to a grief counselor about the Notre Dame fire and what the loss of an iconic structure can tell us about ourselves.
Emma Specter
Notre Dame

Here's What Notre Dame Looks Like After a 9-Hour Fire

Four hundred firefighters managed to save the structure as well as several important pieces of religious art.
Emma Ockerman
Notre Dame

Heartbreaking Photos Show Fiery Destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral

Parts of Notre Dame that had survived centuries of wars and revolutions caved to a massive fire Monday evening.
Emma Ockerman