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Make Me Care: Can ranchers and foodies be friends?

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Howdy! In this week's Make Me Care, we're taking a slightly different tack. Instead of interviewing another writer, I'm talking to my ranching father about the food movement and sustainability. I recently wrote a piece about why foodies and mid-size farmers need to learn to get along. It's clear my dad and I both already care -- but can we find common ground? We weather shoddy rural internet and rascally barn cats to find out. Watch the video now!

On Monday, I'm publishing a broader essay on our ranch and what I found out from talking to my pops. (The actual interview ran an hour. Someone buy the editor all of the beers.) Stay tuned! 

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Make Me Care: Why not just call ‘Game Over’ on climate change?

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Welcome back to Make Me Care, the video podcast where Grist writers pitch you on a story they think is worth your time. This week, intern/host/Google Hangout ventriloquist Amelia Urry and Environmental Justice writer Brentin Mock talk about the sticky problem of hope in the face of climate uncertainty.

Ezra Klein of Vox thinks we've already lost the game, but Mock fired back this week with three reasons we can't afford to give up just yet. For one thing, would we be so quick to throw in the towel if it was our island nation about to be submerged? Then again, maybe it is. If giving up is a luxury, we're not sure we can afford it -- and the people who definitely can't deserve more from us. Watch to learn more!

Read more: Climate & Energy, Living

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Make Me Care: What’s the deal with Obama’s new CO2 rules?

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Hey! It's Make Me Care, that thing where Grist writers and editors talk about things they think are important and worth paying attention to. This week Amelia Urry talks with Grist policy writer Ben Adler to get the skinny on the new EPA emissions regulations that debuted this week.

They're a big deal, fine, but HOW big are they really? And should you be thrilled by their mere existence or outraged by their underachievement? With proponents and detractors on both sides, a lot could change in the next year of review. "The only guaranteed beneficiaries are lawyers," Adler tells us, but this is definitely a step in the right direction (the lawyers agree). Watch to learn more!

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Make Me Care: How does tech turn citizens into climate scientists?

Welcome back to Make Me Care, where Grist writers and editors talk about stuff they care about that they think you should care about, too. This time around, Amelia Urry hosts Grist fellow Samantha Larson to talk about the big wide world of collective intelligence a.k.a. crowdsourcing a.k.a. citizen science.

You know what they say: With a smartphone in every pocket and a laptop on every desk, the world is your research lab and supercomputer. (Well, we said it.) Climate scientists are using the new tools of collective brainpower to sort signal from noise, wresting meaning from the mob by collecting huge amounts of data and then processing it with a huge amount of volunteer RAM. Some groups are even using crowds to focus on finding climate solutions. Watch to hear more!

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Make Me Care: What should we really fear and loathe in Las Vegas?

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Welcome back to Make Me Care, Grist’s video blog experiment, in which we get our writers and editors to explain why their story is worth paying attention to. On this episode, erstwhile host and editorial intern Amelia Urry welcomes Grist senior editor and writer Greg Hanscom to talk about his adventures reporting on resiliency in Las Vegas.

Yeah, Vegas -- world capital of waste and fakery. And it's built in a desert, where climate change is going to make all things heat- and water-related more difficult. But neither of those is actually the biggest climate-related threat to the Sin City, Hanscom says. When epic droughts and 115-degree scorchers aren't your biggest problems, you're REALLY in trouble. Watch the video to hear more!

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Make Me Care: If you like to eat, this carbon study is terrible news

Welcome back to Make Me Care, Grist's low-fi foray into video blogging, in which we get our writers and editors to explain why their story of the week is worth your attention. This time, casual host and editorial intern Amelia Urry welcomes Grist food writer Nathanael Johnson to talk about his article on growing food in our high-carbon future. Forget all those skeptics claiming that CO2 will keep pumping up crop yields -- new research from Harvard biologists suggests that these crops will be much lower in zinc and iron, which are essential for, er, human life.

Why should you care? Well, with not enough multivitamins to go around, we'll need more food to feed the world -- and with increased heat and droughts, it will probably be harder to grow. This should be a study even climate change deniers have a hard time turning down -- have we defeated the Flat Earth Society once and for all? Watch the video to hear more!

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Make Me Care: What’s so great about tiny houses, anyway?

Welcome to Make Me Care, a new and experimental vlog in which we try to get our writers and editors to explain why their topic du jour is worthy of your attention. In this episode, host and editorial intern Amelia Urry invites Grist fellow Eve Andrews into her (occasionally glitchy) Skype room. For the past couple of months, Eve has been writing about tiny houses by themselves, tiny houses in groups, tiny houses in love, and now tiny houses in cities.

There’s a lot to say on the topic -- but why should you care? And for all of the thousands of words on tiny houses to which Eve’s subjected us, would she actually live in one herself? Watch the video above to find out!

And if, after all that, you’re still wondering if you could or should go tiny, check out our tiny house flowchart!

Read more: Cities, Living