CDC prevents thousands of foodborne illnesses every year

It also saves millions in medical costs, but we only ever hear about the outbreaks that it doesn't prevent.

Clinton backtracks on coal comments after coal lovers throw a fit

The candidate pointed out that coal is in trouble. This did not go over well in coal country.

Obama’s offshore drilling plan mostly a win for environmentalists, with a caveat

The East Coast is closed to drillers. The Arctic remains open.


Could you be Grist’s newest fellow?

Early-career journalists, listen up: It's now time to apply for the Grist fellowship.

E.U. biodiesels could be dirtier than fossil fuels, according to new report

Biodiesel from palm oil can produce three times the emissions of conventional diesel oil, according to an analysis by Ecofys.

Pigeons with tiny backpacks test the air in London

Equipped with air quality sensors and GPS trackers, the birds are tweeting about the city's dirty air.

Shell worries about climate change, but decides to continue making it worse

Don't get too excited about Shell's stated commitment to the cause.

Hell and High Water

Houston is a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

Houston is home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored.

Could there be a Fukushima-like disaster in the U.S.?

On the five-year anniversary of Japan's nuclear meltdown, we might want to look to our own aging plants.