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Why Cantor’s defeat is terrible for the climate — and the country

The House majority leader lost the GOP primary to a Tea Party challenger. That's a terrible omen for any sort of policy progress or competent governance.

Cities

Four reasons why Portland became a cyclists’ utopia

It wasn't inevitable. Here are some of the things city leaders and residents did over the years to turn their town into a haven for bike riders.

Business & Technology

Looking for a place to film your live-action Frozen fan fic? Dutch students have you covered

Students and faculty at Eindhoven University of Technology are building a 131-foot-tall ice palace. That is, if the weather gets cold enough.

Climate & Energy

Yes, black people talk about climate change

A recent blog post declared that “President Barack Obama might be the only black person on the planet who cares about climate change." Uh, no.

Business & Technology

Your local delivery man may soon get a flying robotic sidekick

Remember that video of a drone delivering a box from Amazon? Total pie in the sky. But launch that drone from a roving delivery truck and you might have a system that works.

Meat Shmeat

This meat lover isn’t giving up on the test-tube burger

Grist grills New Harvest's Isha Datar on her love of flesh, her beef with factory farms, and how close we are to lab-grown meats on shelves.

Chicken tender offer

A meat giant gobbles up another meat giant

Tyson will acquire Hillshire Brands -- further concentrating corporate power in the already centralized animal-farm industry.

Business & Technology

Here’s how California could fix its drought-time water woes

By improving irrigation, efficiency, recycling, and stormwater-capture practices, California could free up enough extra water to meet all of its cities' needs.

Business & Technology

Guess which company got the first U.S. commercial drone permit?

Oh – hello, BP! Always a pleasure to hear from the Charlie Sheen of the oil industry.

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