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Heavy metal fish: How mercury ends up on your plate

How do we reduce our exposure to mercury? The answer requires both difficult changes to the world’s energy supply and simpler consumer choices.

Factory Farms

Food mega-wholesaler Sysco pledges to liberate pigs from crates

The last year has seen a wave of companies reject one of the worst factory farm practices out there. But Sysco's pledge might have the most impact yet.

Climate Change

How’s the weather, Grist readers? Oh. Right.

We asked you to share photos of the crazy weather you've seen lately, and the results were just as ridiculous as you'd expect.

Climate & Energy

Real world: For residents of one troubled town, climate change seems a long way off

In a town where jobs, violence, and housing are daily concerns, global warming doesn’t make the short list, a local hip hop artist and urban farmer tells the Slow Ride Stories crew.

Food

U.S. drought could cause global unrest

Twice in the last five years, rising food prices triggered global waves of social unrest. With drought baking U.S. crops, we may be in for another round of society-straining price spikes.

Climate & Energy

Heat brings U.S. climate debate to new boil

Are clean-energy policies already rescuing the planet? Or is it time for us to put a price on carbon that costs the fuel industry trillions?

Renewable Energy

What I left out when I wrote about lowball renewable energy projections

My recent post about off-base energy projections glossed over the main reason that renewable energy has grown faster than predicted: policy. Good policy works!

Climate Change

Nature, revised: In a brave new world, we write the rules

Eco-critic Ursula Heise talks about the tired stories we tell about the planet, and suggests that we find some new ones.

Food

Buzzkill: EPA rejects beekeepers’ pesticide petition

In March, beekeepers and environmentalists petitioned the EPA to take the pesticide clothianidin -- a suspect in bee die-offs -- off the market. Last week, EPA said no.