Gristmill

Climate & Energy

Coal companies have gotten good at wrangling their way out of federal fines

Firms hit with safety citations routinely manage to get fines reduced, raising questions about the mine-safety system's effectiveness.

Food

Entomologists: “Stop feeding corn syrup to honeybees.” Duh.

Taking away bees' honey and feeding them high-fructose corn syrup instead makes them more vulnerable to pesticides, a new study finds.

Climate & Energy

California Gov. Jerry Brown blames climate change for early wildfires

The Western U.S. is in for a big and dangerous fire season, and Brown is pointing the finger squarely at global warming.

Climate & Energy

Should America export its fracked gas? Why greens say no.

The rest of the world is eyeing the cheap natural gas produced by fracking in the U.S. Obama will soon decide whether we should share.

Climate & Energy

One nuke plant in Wisconsin will shutter, another in California might not be switched back on

Low-priced natural gas doomed the Wisconsin plant, while maintenance problems plague the San Onofre nuke facility along the Pacific coast.

Climate & Energy

Beware: Rough wildfire season ahead

Firefighters are bringing a blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains under control, but many more such fires are expected in the West this year.

Climate & Energy

Canadian tar-sands exec: ‘We do need Keystone’

Contrary to what the U.S. State Department says, the head of an oil-sands company insists that the industry needs the pipeline to help it expand.

Climate & Energy

Hawaii could be hit by more hurricanes as climate changes

There may be fewer tropical cyclones in the Pacific in the future, but those that do form are expected to be stronger and more likely to strike Hawaii.

Climate & Energy

Why haven’t the big green groups divested from fossil fuels?

Activists are pushing colleges and cities to divest, but it turns out many major environmental groups still haven't dumped their own dirty energy stocks, Naomi Klein reports.