Politics

Science

Do we really need to spend money on social science?

Should we really be spending limited science funding on social science and climate change art, when we haven't figured out all the hard stuff yet?

Climate & Energy

The Supreme Court just punched a hole in Obama’s plan to clean up power plants

The court ruled 5-4 that the EPA didn't properly take costs into account when regulating emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants.

Politics

It’s a historic day for gay marriage! Let’s argue about it

A rainbow of perspectives from the Grist staff on the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Shadow of a drought

Check out this amazing new tool for judging California’s water use

As the state's drought grinds into a bone-dry summer, California is adjusting its rules. Now people have to make the new rules work.

Politics

Here’s what climate hawk Martin O’Malley would do as president

The former Maryland governor is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination on an audaciously ambitious environmental platform.

Politics

5 reasons the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling matters for the environment

Maybe government can actually act, sometimes. And maybe common sense could become a driving force in our national decision-making.

Climate & Energy

Dutch citizens just sued their own government for not stopping climate change

The ruling suggests that any nation that contributes to climate change is abusing the human rights of its citizens, not to mention the rest of the world.

Politics

It’s time to get rid of old, racist Confederate statues

Public spaces all over the U.S. harbor symbols that celebrate racism, separatism, and white supremacy. It's time for that to change.

Politics

Planet-unfriendly Pacific trade pact leaps a big hurdle

President Obama is getting close to securing the authority to enact his Trans-Pacific trade deal. Right now that looks like a loss for the environment.