Philip Bump

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

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren debate climate change

And, while they're at it, the Senate hopefuls from Massachusetts battle over oil subsidies, Keystone, Cape Wind, and James Inhofe.

Farewell, summer from hell

NASA paints a portrait of an awful summer in the middle of what will likely be the hottest year in history. So enjoy fall -- winter's going to suck, too.

A man, a plan, a pipeline: The tycoon guiding Romney on energy

Reuters takes a detailed look at the politics of Harold Hamm -- meaning the politics of Mitt Romney.

Romney opposes key support to wind industry, opposes Obama not helping wind industry

The presidential candidate strongly opposes a wind tax credit as well as the layoffs that result from expiration of that wind tax credit.

corn and salt

Study on GMO corn requires a non-GMO grain of salt

Yes, the study showing negative health effects in rats that ate GMO corn sounds frightening. But that's why you might want to be skeptical.

Americans are eating so many friggin’ avocados these days

Consumption of avocados went up 30 percent in the first half of 2012. What's up with all the avocados, y'all?

Low-income smokers in New York drop 25 percent of their income on cigarettes

Almost 40 percent of cigarette taxes collected in New York come from those earning $30,000 a year or less.

Shell building world’s biggest ship that will sail on ever-higher seas

It will be a floating natural gas refinery, since we need more of those.

Forecast for 2100: Massive rainstorms in the tropics

For each degree the tropics warm, rainfall extremes will get 10 percent worse. This is why we shouldn't teach math in school. It can be scary.