Philip Bump

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

Climate & Energy

Europe goes crazy for coal — and we can blame ourselves

A spike in coal usage in the Old World is bad news. Blame America.

Climate Change

Warming waters pose a huge threat to the world’s coral

Coral reefs will likely be devastated by climate change-related ocean warming, according to a new study. But the good news is that they've demonstrated their resiliency in the past.

Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson resigns after one day, gets $44 million in severance

For his eight-hour tenure as top dog at Duke, Bill Johnson made a cool $44.4 million.

Economy adds 80,000 new jobs — fewer than expected, hoped

The monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning is not great news for the incumbent president -- or the country.

Scientists make depressing discovery about oceanic plastic pollution using depressing research technique

One of the best ways to gauge the extent of plastic pollution is by slicing up dead birds, some of whom were killed by the plastic.

South Korea may start hunting whales again, for ‘science’

As part of the argument the nation makes for doing its scientific research: "whale meat is still part of a culinary tradition". Same reason we studied the Higgs boson.

Politics

Making pollution costly: How China, British Columbia, and Australia are trying to get it done

China's environmental movement may be young, but it's starting to see real victories. So why are other countries having so much trouble enacting smart legal constraints?

How’s the weather, America? July 5, 2012 edition

Fires, heat waves, impaired fishing. Same old, same old.

Politics

Complete jerks think fracking is more important than democracy

In North Carolina, of course.

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