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Earth Summit 101: A Jedi’s primer to the meeting in Rio

Leaders from around the galaxy will meet in June to decide the fate of the blue planet. You hadn’t heard? Let us bring you up to speed, young Padawan.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra at 10: Warm, weird anniversary wishes from our readers

As our beloved eco-advice columnist Umbra Fisk celebrates her 10th anniversary, an outpouring, nay, a veritable green tsunami of love letters rolls into the office. Rest assured that the feeling is mutual.

Renewable Energy

Clean energy: Still a wedge issue that favors Democrats

In his interview with Rolling Stone, Obama suggests that Republican politicians are out of touch with Republican voters. Democrats could exploit that weakness on the issue of renewable energy.


Stop the nuclear-industry welfare program

With our nation facing a $15 trillion national debt, it's time to end the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry -- so say the independent senator from Vermont and the …


Will climate change kill off Washington state’s oysters?

After years of speculation and research on the impact of the increasingly acidic seawater in the Pacific Northwest, some farms have actually begun to lose oysters. Can the state of Washington adapt quickly enough to …

Industrial Agriculture

Meet a pesticide even conventional vegetable farmers fear

If a new round of genetically engineered corn is approved, it will be bred to withstand huge quantities of 2,4-D, a pesticide that has the potential to drift and kill vegetables in fields as far …

Climate Skeptics

The anatomy of denial: Why truth doesn’t always win

Bombarding deniers with more evidence is a losing strategy. If facts threaten someone’s self-identity or their worldview, they will find a way to dismiss them.

Green Living Tips

10 green topics worth losing sleep over

Sage advice on cloth vs. disposable diapers, vampire appliances, toxic shower curtains, and more -- all from Grist’s beloved Umbra Fisk, who celebrates 10 years of doling out tips on eco-friendly livin'.

Election 2012

Obama gears up for a campaign climate fight

In a Rolling Stone interview, President Obama made some remarkable statements about climate as a campaign issue and the millions pouring into anti-science disinformation campaigns.