Philip Bump

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

Wildfires in U.S. getting much bigger as temperature gets hotter

There are now seven times more fires affecting at least 10,000 acres each than there were 40 years ago, according to a new analysis by Climate Central.

Ice-free seas near Alaska as Arctic ice melt finally halts for the year

Also, yet another example of why Facebook needs a thumbs-down button.

Farmers begin ‘mass slaughter’ of animals as food prices spike

Over the short term, meat prices will drop as the supply spikes. But early next year, prices of staples and meat will rise.

Canadian gentleman willing to bet $7 on Keystone getting approved

He's like an ambassador or something? No idea.

Japan’s plan to phase out nuclear power lasted a week

The Japanese government has backtracked on plans to end the use of nuclear power.

Very Cold War: China and the West rush to tap the thawed Arctic

Arctic states and international powerhouses are in the early stages of a new struggle to extract resources from way up north.

New Romney ad features miners forced to attend pro-Romney rally — without pay

The miners, employed by a subsidiary of Murray Energy, attended the required rally at the cost of a day's pay. But Romney used them in his ad anyway.

Starbucks steps up for wind energy; Congress yawns

In a letter co-signed with 18 other companies, the coffee giant calls for keeping the wind production tax credit.

Every Alaskan will receive $878 from the state this year, including opponents of socialism

The state's Permanent Fund ensures that government-owned oil and gas benefit every citizen.