North Frackota’s population boom means more young men — and more problems

Thanks to the fracking boom, the ratio of men to women tops 3 to 2 in some places of North Dakota -- and harassment and assault are on the rise.

Grist comic wins population prize; babies still happening

The Population Institute honors our illustrated feature "7 Billion, Unpacked."

Americans like nature so much they spend more on outdoor recreation than on gas

An outdoors industry association says that we spend about $646 billion dollars every year on apparel, equipment, accessories, food, transportation, lodging and so forth.

Court: Polar bear habitat that interferes with oil drilling has to go

Because bears are cute, but money is cuter.

The 32 most alarming charts from the government’s climate change report

The government’s new climate-change report is loaded with charts that outline the heat waves, droughts, and floods that will become the new normal where you live. Here are the 32 scariest.

California enjoys and/or suffers from a historic baby bust

The Golden State's birthrate has dropped to 1.94 and economists are freaking out.

Beijing air pollution goes off the charts as electricity use climbs

The thick yellow air over China's capital city bodes poorly for life in its still-hot economy.

A meat-lover's guide to going vegetarian

Flesh choice: A meat lover’s guide to giving it up

Good for you? Check. Good for the planet? Check. But how to keep from falling off the meat wagon? Our carnivorous author commences an experiment in provisional vegetarianism.

Ask Umbra: Can I have a kid and be car-free?

A reader wonders if she is depriving her child of life’s pleasures by choosing not to drive. Fortunately, Umbra wasn’t Bjorn yesterday.