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The key to turning urban youth into anti-government crusaders? Food trucks

They say the way to a young person's heart is through his stomach, but this one might be a bit of a stretch.

Climate & Energy

Utilities for dummies: How they work and why that needs to change

Utilities are boring and opaque, but central to any clean-energy future. So it's time to demystify them. Here's a plainspoken intro to how they work, and why.


“Miracle garden” brings life, and food, to the urban wasteland

For 25 years, a devoted group of residents has tended a garden in a former dumping ground in East Baltimore. Its chief caretaker calls it "God's little acre."

Climate & Energy

Can we blame climate change for the tornado that took out Moore, Okla.?

Sometimes natural disasters are just that: natural.


Listen to your conscience, Grist readers

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“If people aren’t pissed off, it ain’t working”: A chat with green billionaire Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer has made waves in climate politics with big money and hard-nosed tactics. Grist chats with him about Keystone, EPA, Obama, and how to win the climate fight.

Climate & Energy

Feeding the trolls: Meeting with a climate denier, face to face

Climate Desk explores who gets to define the truth about climate change in the digital age.


Ask Umbra: Which sunscreen should I use?

A reader wonders how to protect herself from the summer rays without slathering herself in toxic goo. Umbra has her covered.

Climate & Energy

America’s first climate refugees: How climate change eats the Alaskan coast

Climate change has accelerated the normal process of erosion along Alaska's rivers and coasts.