Gristmill

Are San Francisco oysters a wilderness wrecker or a pollution solution?

One part of the Bay Area is getting rid of oysters for the sake of the environment, while another is eagerly reintroducing them.

Study questions eco-benefit of vegetarian diet; we question study

French researchers say diets heavy on fruits and vegetables might not be so great for the planet, but they make some strange assumptions.

Politics

N.Y. town board sued for banning discussion of fracking at meetings

The board of Sanford, N.Y., got tired of hearing citizens oppose fracking in public meetings, so it barred the topic. Now it's being sued.

Food

Your ‘sustainable’ fish may not actually be sustainable, like, at all

The Marine Stewardship Council is stamping its label on lots of seafood products, but many critics aren't convinced it represents sustainability.

Business & Technology

North Dakota’s red-hot, frack-fueled economy is starting to slow down

More drilling means higher costs to drill, which is starting to cool the once-bearably-warm state.

Business & Technology

Test drive of Tesla sedan leaves New York Times stranded

A review of the Tesla Model S in the Times leads to lots of finger-pointing, but no clear answers.

Food

2013 will be a banner year for farm profits, according to analysis that ignores the drought

If the weather in the U.S. were normal relative to the past, 2013 would be the most profitable year since 1973, says the USDA.

Business & Technology

Minnesota mayor doesn’t see why he can’t also run a sand-mining advocacy group

His argument is, in part, that the city of Red Wing elected him knowing he was a lobbyist.

Climate & Energy

Shell retreats from the Arctic, sending its battered vessels to Asia for repair

Rest assured, the retreat is only temporary.

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