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Climate & Energy

We pay inmates $3 a day to fight California wildfires

The program is sold as a way to teach criminals the virtue of hard work. But who are the real criminals here?

Oliver, Clothes Off

John Oliver takes on ALEC, state legislatures, and (we hope) a threesome with us and Jon Stewart

John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" shreds ALEC and the ridiculous politicians who support their shite-for-the-climate policies.

Grumpier old men

The Weather Channel founder is the climate-denying grandpa you never had

John Coleman is a climate denier, The Weather Channel co-founder, and a serious grumpus.

Join Grist for a night of comedy with Mike Birbiglia, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, and more in NYC

Come yuk it up with Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, Todd Barry, Maeve Higgins, and Brooks Wheelan at The Bell House on Nov. 16.

Food

Farm life without modern tech looks beautiful and backbreaking

A stunning video shows just how beautiful the Ethiopian landscape is -- and just how demanding the farm work is.

Food

From two Ethiopians, what small farmers really want

A new middle class can put down roots when small family farmers get the tools and education to produce more food.

Climate & Energy

Wait, who says people of color don’t care about the climate?

A new poll claims that blacks and Latinos are far too busy fretting about jobs and schools to worry about climate change. That's just bunk.

Living

Help! I need eco-friendly party favors — on a budget

A reader wonders if there's a better alternative than the dreaded, plastic-filled goodie bags. Umbra reaches into her huge bag of tricks.

Climate & Energy

Rotten odors rouse citizen sleuths in Pennsylvania gas patch

Since government won't monitor whether the oil-and-gas boom is wrecking air quality, volunteers have stepped in. Now their work is getting peer-reviewed and published.

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