Frequently asked questions: General | RSS Feeds | Donations

  1. What the heck is RSS?
  2. What is an RSS reader?
  3. OK, I have a reader. Now what?
  4. What feeds can I get at Grist?
  5. Feed Fine Print

What the heck is RSS? It sounds like a toxic substance.

RSS is a geeky acronym that stands for “really simple syndication.” Basically, it’s a way to have a Web site’s content delivered to you instead of you having to surf to a site and hunt and peck for what interests you (see Wikipedia’s description). To subscribe to RSS feeds, you need to use an RSS reader or an e-mail client that includes an RSS option.

What is an RSS reader?

There are many RSS readers that you can use, and nearly all of them are free. You don’t need to download software for the web-based readers. A few widely used readers are provided by Google, Yahoo, and Bloglines. Here’s a long list of others.

OK, I have a reader. Now what?

Depending on your reader, you may be able to subscribe to a feed simply by giving it a url like or

You can find feeds on Grist by appending “/feed/” to the end of most topical or author urls. For example: and


What feeds can I get at Grist?

Grist’s site offers feeds by author, topic, section. If you’re overwhelmed by all the options, here’s a list of recommended feeds:

Grist main feed

Climate & Energy





David Roberts

Nathanael Johnson

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Feed Fine Print

Grist offers free feeds of stories and headlines in XML format through its RSS (Really Simple Syndication) service. Although we trust you (really, we do!) our lawyers tell us we need to place some restrictions on this service in order to prevent our content from being stolen, used for commercial benefit, or worse yet, edited in non-grammatically correct ways.

These Terms of Use govern your use of Grist’s RSS service and may be changed by Grist at any time without notice.

Use of RSS Feeds:

RSS is a free service offered by Grist for private, non-commercial use only. Any other uses are strictly prohibited. Prohibited uses include any effort to derive advertising or syndication revenue from content delivered by Grist feeds, and reprinting full feeds to blogs and social networking profiles. You must use the RSS feeds as provided by Grist, and you may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied by Grist. For web posting, reprint, syndication or licensing requests for Grist material, email Or go here for information.

Link to Content Pages:

The RSS service may be used only with those platforms from which a functional link is made available that, when accessed, takes the viewer directly to the display of the full article on the Site. You may not display the RSS Content in a manner that does not permit successful linking to, redirection to or delivery of the applicable Site web page. You may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or other content between the RSS link and the applicable Grist Site web page.


Grist retains all ownership and other rights in the RSS Content, and any and all Grist logos and trademarks used in connection with the RSS Service. You must provide attribution to the appropriate Grist website in connection with your use of the RSS feeds. If you provide this attribution using a graphic, you must use the appropriate Grist website logo that we have incorporated into the RSS feed.

Right to Discontinue Feeds:

Grist reserves the right to discontinue providing any or all of the RSS feeds at any time and to require you to cease displaying, distributing or otherwise using any or all of the RSS feeds for any reason including, without limitation, your violation of any provision of these Terms of Use. Grist assumes no liability for any of your activities in connection with the RSS feeds or for your use of the RSS feeds in connection with your website.