We’ve covered a lot at Grist this year. From meat month and the Paris climate talks to ghost bikes, beauty secrets, and the real sharing economy, we’ve put plenty of words on these here pages in 2015: Around 2 million words, to be exact, in 4,600 articles. And we had some favorites among those articles — writing that took time and investigation and often required getting out of the office and into the world. Chances are the weather is unseasonably warm where you are, so make yourself a nice, cold Arnold Palmer, stick your feet in a bag of ice, sit back, relax, and enjoy a few of our favorite longreads from the year.
This map shows that the formaldehyde-laced trailers went on an odd journey, and our reporter explains why.
Two community organizers explain why they’re on the front lines to stop coal exports from coming to Oakland.
Now, it’s easier for a Chief Sealth student to get an IUD than it is to get a Coke.
Darby Minow Smith
The country icon talks 30 years of Farm Aid, pot legalization, and more.
The costs of burial and cremation are high, but there could be a better way.
Philosophers don’t have a strong argument for eating animals. So why do we do it anyway?
The fight shows that activists can take on the fossil fuel economy and win.
From replanting reefs to evolving stronger corals, humans are trying to engineer reefs to withstand climate change.
John Delaney is taking the internet underwater, and bringing the deep ocean to the public.
Will climate change spell disaster for this vulnerable population?
Countries and companies are making pledges to halt deforestation, while indigenous activists are arguing for different approaches.
An on-the-charred-ground report of this year’s massive wildfires — and what we had to do with them.