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Climate & Energy

“Pandora’s Promise” and “Switch” raise the right issues but get nuclear wrong

The two new films promote massive changes in the U.S. energy economy. It's too bad they draw the wrong conclusions on nuclear power.


Republicans are happy to help corporate ag, but feed the hungry? Not so much

The GOP wants food stamps out of the farm bill, because they love farm subsidies, but can do without poor people, thank you very much.

Climate & Energy

Josh Fox’s “Gasland II” to expose power politics of fracking

The sequel of an Oscar-nominated film on the natural gas boom puts the focus on climate change, the oil lobby, and the U.S. government.


New show of guerrilla urbanism is both inspiring and a little creepy

Remember when DIY urbanism was frowned upon if not outright illegal? According to a new exhibition, guerrilla tactics have become symbols of American ingenuity and the rebirth of urban cool.

Climate & Energy

Does climate change make Western firefighting more dangerous?

The tragic deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona renews debate about global warming's influence on wildfires.


Bikeshare rolls into Chi-Town, spreading transportation bliss

A reporter checks out all 68 of Chicago’s new bikeshare stations and walks away tired, chafed, but impressed.


An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park

In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.


A mixtape love letter to the parks that birthed hip hop

Here are some great rap songs that celebrate the role of parks in city life and the history of hip hop.


Welcome to the urban jungle: Nature in cities is Grist’s July theme

This month, look at how nature gets into our cities and under our skin, even where we least expect it.