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Interview: Republican candidate George Pataki says it’s time to talk about climate change

The former governor of New York chats with Grist about innovation, cleantech, the pope, and how to get his party engaged on climate change.

Climate & Energy

China is about to launch the world’s biggest cap-and-trade program

As part of a new climate deal with the U.S., China is also agreeing to other measures, paving the way for progress at U.N. talks in Paris.


McDonald’s to roll out organic hamburger in Germany

How big is the overlap between McD's customers and people who want organic beef? I guess we'll soon find out.

Ranchers with ties to the biofuel industry attack Brazilian tribe members

The Guarani people -- the largest indigenous group in Brazil -- are all too familiar with the destructive side of sugarcane ethanol.

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Can game theory predict what will happen at the U.N. climate negotiations?

A team of researchers is trying to call the outcome of the Paris climate talks using complex economic models.

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What is PPM, and what does it have to do with capitalism and climate change?

The nitty gritty of measuring atmospheric CO2 involves Algerian monks and Mongolian schoolteachers, and has some pretty major real-world implications.


A few miles away from where the pope addressed Congress, a black community looks for change

The neighborhood's fresh air has long been overtaken by a trash transfer station.


Pope Francis didn’t even say “climate change” in his address to Congress

The pope's environmental message in his speech at the Capitol was much more muted than his White House remarks.


Is Cargill backsliding on its promise to end deforestation?

Some environmental activists say yes. Cargill says actions speak louder than words.