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Is producing more food to feed the world beside the point?

Which should be tackled first: hunger or inequality? Food production or distribution? These chicken-and-egg questions tangle every "feeding the planet" debate.


Ask Umbra: Is the Ice Bucket Challenge a waste of water and money?

A reader wonders how much water has been wasted to raise money for ALS. Umbra says it's a drop in the bucket.


Why is Environmental Defense Fund spending $1 million to elect Republicans?

The group's campaign arm, EDF Action, is working to elect mildly pro-climate GOP candidates, even though Democrats are greener.

Climate & Energy

Drillers illegally using diesel fuel to frack, report says

An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so.


Meet the Wisconsin Republicans who love solar

Yes, there are conservatives who support renewable energy in the midwest. However, they do tend to lose primaries.

Grist Test Kitchen

You heard it here first: Foraged blackberry sauce is the new hot fudge sauce

Watch our video to find out how to make your new favorite ice cream topping.

Squeaky Clean

What to do with an old bus? Turn it into a shower for San Francisco’s homeless

A new program in San Francisco provides mobile showers to the homeless by retrofitting old buses.


Pittsburgh’s kale-lovers crying after another loss to the frackers

Like many well-intentioned things, an organic farm's fight against a natural gas compressor station failed.


Just living close to Walmart makes you fat

A new study finds that people living near big box stores have higher rates of obesity and diabetes. What's the connection? Look at the streets.

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