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Slow ride: Buses are the new vehicles of youth rebellion

The experts tell us that driving has lost its cool for young Americans. Opinions vary as to why. We found an actual young person -- Grist’s own Claire Thompson -- to help explain.

Farm Bill

Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?

If Congress can't pass a new farm bill by September, farm policy will default to a 1949 version of the bill that was constructed for a very different America.


Ask Umbra: Are coffee cups recyclable?

A reader wonders why she can recycle milk and juice cartons, but not coffee cups. Umbra can hardly container self.


Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch

A new proposal would upgrade an outdated furniture flammability standard, replacing nasty fire retardants with healthy, eco-friendly products. Bonus: They’re actually better at preventing fires.


Court orders FDA to regulate antibiotics in livestock

After more than three decades of stalling on antibiotics in livestock, a court ruled Thursday the FDA must act. But just how long it will take before any real change occurs is another question.

Climate Change

Katniss Evergreen: Do ‘Hunger Games’ fans care about climate?

Has the obsessive fandom surrounding Hunger Games led to more climate change awareness in the shiftless youth of today? We attend a midnight premiere to find out.

Renewable Energy

Why Germany is phasing out nuclear power

Critics are after Germany for shutting down its nuclear plants, but they are missing the point: Germans think so-called "baseload power" is incompatible with a fully renewable power system. Eliminating baseload is a feature, not a bug.


Ire drill: Obama lauds Keystone’s southern leg

In perhaps his worst speech yet, Obama boasted, "We've added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some."


Gallery walls: Cities embrace street art as a ticket to success

This spring, Baltimore joins a growing list of cities that have co-opted an illegal art form, turning it into a tool for economic development. But in the clear light of day, can street art stay true to its roots?