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Climate Policy

Obama could make climate progress internationally even if he’s hobbled at home

A big, global climate treaty isn't going to happen, but Obama could push forward lots of smaller deals to promote clean energy, efficiency, and other good stuff.


Which foods will cost more because of the drought?

Consumers can expect the worst U.S. drought in 50 years to cast a shadow across food prices throughout 2013. They're increasing at a rate well above normal.

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.


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!