Philip Bump

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


It’s 2012. Do you know where your 10 billion pounds of beef are?

The USDA's


As temperatures rise, cities are getting hotter, faster

The urban heat island effect is increasing in many American cities.


Mountaintop-removal mining contaminated up to 22% of streams in southern West Va.

A mining area of 600 square miles has polluted as much as 1,700 miles of streams.

Natural Gas

Fracking takes a hit in Penn., while most states still do little to regulate

Meanwhile, anti-fracking activists are descending on D.C. for a weekend protest -- with banjos in tow.


Romney suggests EPA worry about symptoms of pollution, not causes

We weren't going to tell you which presidential candidate said this, but we think you probably would have guessed.


Here’s another episode of ‘Shell Tries Drilling in the Arctic’

In this episode, Shell still hasn't drilled anything -- and time may be running out!

Climate Change

Extreme summer storms could tear us a new ozone hole

Strong thunderstorms may send moisture high into the atmosphere, where it combines with remaining CFCs to break down protective ozone gas.


Today in coal: Americans hate it, India hates it, Siberia hates it

You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it for ... ice ... cream. (Oops, that didn't work.)


Mr. Romney thinks we should give big oil companies another $3.8 billion a year in tax breaks

Romney is giving oil executives a good reason to vote for him. (Making, by our count, 465,361 such reasons.)