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Amtrak wait? Blame the freight

Rail is a great way to ship your stuff and yourself for a cross-country move. If only we hadn't built a system that gives slow freight the right of way.

Climate & Energy

It’s a historic year for temperature extremes

In the U.S., we're living in two countries: one scourged by heat and the other bitten by cold.


Why Kansas is doing flour right

How Little Red Hen Bakery is building a better food system.

Climate & Energy

Watch the world go up in fracking flares

Natural gas flares join city lights and the Great Wall of China as stuff you can see from space.


Perdue just says no to chicken on drugs

One big poultry producer ditches most use of antibiotics. Now it's time for the rest of the industry to follow -- and for doctors to stop overprescribing them to us.


Grist is looking for the spring 2015 class of fellows

Are you an early-career journalist, storyteller, or multimedia wizard who digs what we do? Then Grist wants you!


Will Obama do the right thing on smog this time?

Over the coming year, the president will either repeat or undo one of his greatest insults to the environmental community -- and to the nation's air quality.

Climate & Energy

Think the Southwest’s drought is bad now? It could last a generation or more

Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the U.S. Southwest — and I'm not just talking about 109-degree heat.


Why Iowa is doing salumi right

How La Quercia is building a better food system.

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