Stories by Cliff Weathers

Cliff Weathers is a senior editor at AlterNet, covering environmental and consumer issues. He is a former deputy editor at Consumer Reports. His work has also appeared in Salon, Car and Driver, Playboy, and Detroit Monthly among other publications. Follow him on Twitter @cliffweathers and on Facebook. subscribe to Cliff Weathers's feed

Posted on: Jul 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Armed with semi-automatic weapons, 10 vigilante groups are prowling the Texas-Mexico border.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The giant free dating site says it experiments on users without their knowledge, and offers no apologies.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

From killer microwave ovens to banned 300-mpg cars, here's the scoop behind the exaggerated claims.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

June follows a record setting May, making this the third-warmest year to date.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Oregon and Washington are having their most active wildfire season ever, while California braces for the worst.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Rula Jebreal says her appearances have been canceled since she took the news network to task over its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Internal Affairs is investigating the conduct of the officers at the scene.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Researchers say those who believe in conspiracies are more likely to opt for alternative medicine.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Among those killed was Joep Lange, a giant of HIV research and advocacy.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

From the Food Babe to Dr. Oz, these four are the media’s biggest fear-mongers and snake-oil peddlers.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The plane, carrying 295 souls, went down near the Russia/Ukraine border.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Comedy Central host critiques Rick Perry's hip makeover.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A Wyoming gubernatorial candidate wants the U.S. to give Yellowstone Park to Wyoming, which would lease it for energy development.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Residents of Denton will decide if they want to ban drilling operations within their town's boundaries.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Golden State issues statewide water restrictions as it prepares for the worst shortage in its history.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Frustrated with state politicians, activists are testing the ability of local government laws to keep the extraction industry out.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that the Bundy standoff could fuel rabid individuals and militias.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Twenty percent of middle-schoolers exchange sexually explicit messages, but are they just doing what comes naturally?

Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Virginia prosecutors say the 17-year-old 'sexted' his 15-year-old girlfriend, and for that he must be punished.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A fracking friendly organization keeps one of America’s most spectacular vistas from getting vital park designation.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Republicans have once again shot themselves in the foot in an effort to be online hipsters.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

'Wildcat' drilling company is pumping high-pressure, corrosive fluid into the ground by Big Cypress National Preserve.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Kendall Jones claims that she's conserving endangered species, like elephants and lions, by hunting them.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Groups say that a non-discrimination order violates religious freedoms.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Santorum goes to war against gays and Obamacare in a docudrama timed for the midterm elections.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The study indicates that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If we’re going to eat more sustainable foods, shouldn't we​ prepare them in more sustainable rooms?

Posted on: Jun 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Energy companies hint they may not bother fracking with New York after the ruling.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Scientists and brewers challenge blogger Vani Hari's claims about beer ingredients.​

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Investigators wonder whether the NJ governor's office tricked bond investors by miscasting a state-run bridge as a multi-state project.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The upstart Internet television service has lost a major copyright claims case; will cord cutters suffer?

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Comedy Central comedian offers up a path to victory over the jihadist organization on Twitter.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A ubiquitous antimicrobial ingredient may stop helpful bacteria from breaking up sewage sludge.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Scientists develop drink for those who just don't want to eat the real vegetable.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The New Jersey Governor says that he sees no real demand for medical marijuana.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

With dubious credit and limited funding resources, Governor Andrew Cuomo is tapping money dedicated to safe water to pay for $4 billion bridge.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives imply that the U.S. captured a Benghazi mastermind to help with Hillary Clinton's book sales.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A new study found ultrafine particles cause abnormalities in mice's brains similar those in humans with mental disorders.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The actor/activist and Water Defense's chief scientist discuss the importance of testing in protecting our most valuable resource.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Robert Murray, the largest independent coal producer in the U.S., says science is on the side of 'global cooling.'

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