Philip Bump

Philip Bump wrote about the news for Gristmill. He now writes for The Atlantic Wire.

Politics

Best example of bad government investment? Land use.

On the plus side, this is a problem that has only existed for 128 years.

Energy Efficiency

Of the world’s 12 largest economies, the U.S. is the ninth-most energy efficient

On the plus side, we're more energy efficient than Canada.

The U.S. may be gripped by terrible drought, but we’re still America, dammit

The USDA declares basically everywhere west of the Mississippi a disaster area. But at least we have funny ways of talking about it!

Fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria kills more than 90

This tragedy is only the latest in a string of fuel transport-related disasters.

Researchers find link between drug-resistant bladder infections and poultry antibiotics

This is not the first example of a link between livestock antibiotics and drug-resistance in human infections, but it's a remarkable one.

Cities

How easy is it to take public transit to work? Depends on where you live

An assessment of the top 100 metropolitan areas in the country finds that most jobs are accessible by transit – but the workers might not be.

U.S. Navy on its green initiatives: Damn the torpedoes!

Despite enormous pushback from Capitol Hill, the Navy is moving forward with major efforts to reduce energy consumption.

Climate & Energy

USA: No. 1 in air conditioning use — but not for long

Air conditioning consumes an enormous amount of power – and is becoming far more popular internationally.

Food

USDA slashes projections for corn production; prices spike

One side product of the nation's drought: big increases in the price of corn.

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