Philip Bump

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

How’s the weather, America? Aug. 6 edition

In which we lament the sorry state of our nation and then look at a cute animal video, per usual.

Climate & Energy

In the climate crap shoot, it’s getting harder and harder to win

Research recently released by James Hansen links extreme weather to climate change -- and every year, our odds get worse.

Human Curiosity lands on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover is on the surface of the Red Planet -- a triumph of scientific discovery that survived incredible odds.

Busy mocking the trees, Inhofe misses the forest fire

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tried to take environmentalists down a peg. It didn't work.

Climate & Energy

Guy once in charge of offshore drilling is worried about offshore drilling

Welcome to the club, champ.

Think being an environmental activist is hard? Try it in Mexico or Brazil

Battling armed loggers with automatic weapons, pushing back against massive government roll-backs of rainforest protections. American activists don't have it easy -- but it could be worse.

Food

Number of farmers markets up almost 10 percent over the last year

The markets continue to see huge growth, hitting 7,864.

Cities

Could America see an India-style blackout?

The very short answer is "yes." But it's also highly unlikely -- unless the U.S. sits on its infrastrucural butt.

Plenty of work for pundits: U.S. adds jobs in July, but unemployment goes up

The country adds 163,000 new jobs, but the unemployment rate rises from 8.2 to 8.3 percent. Now everyone has something to argue about!

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