Grist staff

Looking on the Blight Side of Things

California is figuring out the whole drought thing for the rest of us

Turns out there's an upside to the ongoing drought in the U.S.

Science

This giant algae bloom is ruining all the clams, making you cry

It's the biggest toxic bloom of its kind in a decade, stretching from Santa Barbara to Alaska. Welcome back to Spoiler Alerts.

Living

We picked 10 badass candidates for the new $10 bill

Because the U.S. Treasury decided that it would be "some lady ... !"

Climate & Energy

One benefit to California’s drought: Cleaner beaches

Water quality along Los Angeles County's coast has improved due to less runoff.

pope and change

The pope’s climate change encyclical, in tweets

The pontiff is tweeting up a storm about his new climate change encyclical.

Climate & Energy

We’re using groundwater at a terrifying rate, and it’s not just California

Aquifers around the world are being depleted at an alarming rate, according to NASA.

Going up!

How to fix America’s beef problems, in under 2 minutes

Watch author and activist Denis Hayes give an elevator pitch for his new book "Cowed" -- in an actual elevator.

Algae Whiz

Amazing photosynthetic furniture could grow eco-friendly meals

The desk lunch will never be the same.

Fat Chances

The U.S. is cutting out trans fats from processed foods by 2018

The FDA will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of trans fats in processed foods, by 2018. This is a big deal.