Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson used to be Grist's editorial assistant. After disappearing into the wild for a while, she is now attempting to reenter society.

Chemical creep: Farmers return to pesticides as GMO corn loses bug resistance

As the crop-ravaging rootworm grows immune to Monsanto's Bt corn, farmers go back to spraying pesticides to protect their crops.

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Could a Chinese carbon cap pave the way for a global climate deal?

China has proposed firm limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, seriously weakening one of the U.S.’s go-to excuses for climate inaction.

L.A. on a green streak: New mayor pledges allegiance to smart growth, bikes

L.A.'s newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti looks poised to follow in his predecessor's eco-friendly footsteps. So much for the city's rep as a bastion of auto-centric sprawl.

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Canada’s government is spending millions to get you to like the Keystone pipeline

A big marketing campaign aims to convince Americans that Canada is a critical source of eco-friendly oil and that Keystone XL is a great idea.


Could the Monsanto Protection Act get repealed?

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is trying to roll back a provision that allows GMO crops to be planted even before they've been OK'd by the USDA.

Kosher salt: Don’t stress about sodium intake (unless you’re an average American)

A new study says limiting our salt intake to under 2,300 milligrams a day might not actually be that beneficial. But most Americans consume way more salt than that.

Kids these days just don’t care about cars

Driving rates in the U.S. continue to decline, thanks to millennials. A new report argues that the rejection of car culture is here to stay.

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Food-safety push in California hurts wildlife — and doesn’t make food safer

A deadly outbreak of E. coli in 2006 spurred an overhaul of food-safety practices, but that's been bad news for natural habitats, a study finds.

Supreme Court hands a big win to Monsanto on GMO seeds

The court ruled unanimously that an Indiana soybean farmer violated Monsanto’s patent by saving its trademark Roundup Ready seeds.