Philip Bump

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

Mice are killing people in California, scaring away subway riders in Britain

The spread of hantavirus among mice appears to be an unpleasant side effect of climate change.

Obama administration finalizes 54.5 mpg standard for automobiles

With support from car manufacturers and unions, the new standard promises to save Americans $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.

Romney includes one wind rep on his 50-person Colorado energy task force

It's almost like he doesn't want to hear what the wind industry has to say.

Isaac just graduated to hurricane, is aimed right at New Orleans

The most recent NOAA update won't provide evoke much relief on the Gulf Coast.

Republican convention flooded with corporate money

A big storm has hit Tampa after all: Hurricane Benjamins.

Miners’ mandatory attendance at Romney rally cost them a day’s pay

Coal miners in Ohio really got the shaft when Romney came to town.

New York’s fracking war: Activists rally in Albany; Bloomberg tries to make fracking cleaner

Hundreds protest against fracking in the state capital, while New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes a $6 million grant to the Environmental Defense Fund to help make fracking more eco-friendly.

Why does mass transit in the U.S. cost so much more to build than in other countries?

Basically because we rely too heavily on contractors, allow too much time for construction, and insist on extravagant stations.

Your meat-eating days are almost over, water experts say

With water shortages looming and global population rising, burgers will soon be a luxury we can't afford, say water experts.