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Climate & Energy

How much energy does the U.S. use?

An animated guide to the different energy sources that power our nation.


No kidding: “Reproductive success” might mean not reproducing

Choosing to be childfree is neither unnatural nor selfish. We're already overutilizing the resources that today's children and their children will need to survive.

Climate & Energy

Don’t for a second imagine we’re heading for an era of renewable energy

Investment in unconventional fossil fuels is expected to outpace spending on renewables by a ratio of at least 3-to-1 in the decades ahead.

Climate & Energy

Climate set to change “orders of magnitude” faster than at any other time in the past 65 million years

The pace of global warming is going to make it difficult if not impossible for species to find appropriate habitats.


Riding lessons for U.S. cities from one of Europe’s bike capitals

The key to convincing Americans to swap out the car for a bike? Make bicycling boring -- and ensure that they won’t end up as road pizza.


Hot wheels: Tips for smokin’ bike dates

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, takes her sweetie for a ride in the city.


Camp appeal: Photos of gorgeous modern tents for urban adventurers

Check out photos of beautiful, otherworldly, and thoughtful tent designs.

Climate & Energy

How much should you worry about an Arctic methane bomb?

Recent warnings that this greenhouse gas could cost us $60 trillion have received widespread publicity. But many scientists are skeptical.


The craziest political race of the year is putting climate in the spotlight

In the Virginia gubernatorial contest, gung-ho climate denier Ken Cuccinelli is up against Democratic mega-fundraiser Terry McAuliffe.