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Keeping a growing Austin green — and weird — is no easy task

Austin, Texas, grew a whopping 51.1 percent in 10 years. Is it possible for a city to grow quickly and retain its character? Lucia Athens, Austin's sustainability director, hopes so.

Climate & Energy

Explained in 90 seconds: What the @#% is climate change doing to El Nino?

Scientists are using new coral records to strengthen the case that climate change might be making El Niño worse.


House GOP shafts rural America, still gets their votes

When House Republicans sacrificed the farm bill to the fiscal cliff, they left farmers bereft of crucial reforms. So why does rural America keep voting for them?

The sharing economy: Grist’s theme for January

When we start substituting sharing for buying, fascinating changes -- disruptions, opportunities, and maybe even climate benefits -- can follow. We'll explore them this month.


The science of why comment trolls suck

A recent study suggests that pushing people's emotional buttons through derogatory comments only entrenches their preexisting beliefs.

Climate & Energy

If you aren’t alarmed about climate, you aren’t paying attention

A review of what climate change has in store renders the notion of climate "alarmism" rather quaint, even bizarre. There isn't enough alarm in the world for this.

Hot in here: How the ‘If you’re 27 or younger’ meme took off

When you boil a complex statistic down to a phrase that connects with people, it finds a home in our minds.

Business & Technology

The sharing economy, from soup to nuts

Tool libraries! Coworking spaces! Car sharing! The “collaborative consumption” revolution is upon us. Here’s what you need to know to take part.


Thought for food: New think tank looks for global solutions to our broken food system

Food Tank, a food-focused think tank, has ambitious plans to become a go-to resource for activists, policymakers, and farmers across the world.