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Drought-tolerant seeds: Insurance policy for farmers or a big gamble?

Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta want farmers to think of drought-tolerant seeds as an insurance policy against hot, dry weather. But for farmers who don't take care of the soil, these seeds look like a …


L.A.’s Villaraigosa, self-proclaimed ‘greenest mayor’ in America, talks election, climate, and bikes

Antonio Villaraigosa calls L.A. the cleantech capitol of the U.S. Whether that's true or not, he does have a lot of green accomplishments, and he tells Grist's Amanda Little all about them.


Pop culture: The industry forces behind New York’s soda war

Companies like McDonald's and Coca Cola came out swinging in the fight against NYC's soda ban. Here's what they had at stake.

Climate & Energy

Energy democracy: Three ways to bring solar to the masses

More Americans are getting their hands on solar, thanks to innovative new financing and ownership models that do away with high upfront costs.

Business & Technology

By 2015, you could own an electric Batmobile

Rigid fuel efficiency standards and a willing auto industry offer promise that the electric Model T -- a car that will change the way the world drives -- is coming. But it'll probably look like …


Dear U.S. government, please get your food waste act together

The bad news: The U.S. is lagging way behind the European Union when it comes to cutting down on wasted food. The good news: It wouldn't be hard for us to follow suit.


Sweet victory: How to have your unprocessed cake and eat it, too

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, attempts to eat out, and eat dessert, without consuming any processed ingredients. This could get ugly.


What Obama would do on climate in a second term: Carol Browner explains

President Obama wouldn't likely be able to pass a big climate bill in a second term, says his former energy czar, but he could take a lot of smaller steps that would achieve real emission …

Climate & Energy

On natural gas, green groups can’t make up their minds

The natural gas boom has big green groups wrestling with whether to support regulated gas extraction as a cleaner alternative to coal.