Philip Bump

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

Explosion at a coal mine in China kills 19

The country's massive and growing demand for coal means enormous pressure to produce.

Meet Heartland, a just-discovered virus that landed two men in the hospital

It's actually not as big a deal as it sounds. But that won't stop us from going a little Hollywood.

Surprise! The GOP’s climate position tracks closely with oil industry donations

Republican support for climate action has gone up and down over the years, as have contributions from oil and gas companies.

West Nile cases hit new record, 66 dead so far this year

In happier news, a cute kitty somewhere drank some milk. You can probably find video of it on YouTube.

Methane trapped in Antarctic ice will be a great help to the horrible warming feedback loop

Melting of Antarctic ice could release massive amounts of methane, according to a new study. That would be very bad for the climate.

A natural-gas pipeline grows in Brooklyn

Many of the people of Brooklyn aren't super-excited about it.

GOP convention, day one: A platform built on oil, an argument based on inaccuracy

At the GOP convention, Republicans are pushing stale old energy policies and telling lots of lies.

Frackers’ faulty concrete leads to methane in Pennsylvania wells

But don't worry, folks. The industry says this rarely happens. So the odds that your water is flammable are pretty low.

Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the Gulf Coast

A levee in the southeast corner of Louisiana was overtopped, but the storm's effect on New Orleans has so far been minimal on the seventh anniversary of the arrival of Katrina.