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Zaria Forman draws the glaciers we’re losing

In 2016, Zaria Forman got the opportunity of a lifetime. Officials at NASA reached out to the Brooklyn artist — who hand draws massive, pastel …

Global Warming

Favianna Rodriguez says climate change imagery lacks a human touch

Favianna Rodriguez grew up in Oakland, California. She still lives in what she calls “the cement city.”<p>As an artist and activist, her calling card is …

Race & Ethnicity

Tesla says its factory is safer. But it left injuries off the books

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>Reveal</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>Inside Tesla’s electric car factory, giant …

Tesla

America’s fastest-growing urban area is stuck between a rock and a dry place

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>CityLab</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>When Latter-day Saint migrants arrived in …

Colorado River

Scott Pruitt introduced anti-abortion bills giving men ‘property rights’ over fetuses

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>HuffPost</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>In 1999, Scott Pruitt, then an Oklahoma …

Scott Pruitt

Let Michael Pollan be your psychedelic guide to loving our planet

The writer Michael Pollan is famous for upending our sense of reality. When he looked at fields of corn, he saw how corn has manipulated us, getting …

Psychedelia

Am I self-sabotaging because the world’s going to end?

<b>Q. Dear Umbra,</b><p><b>My ex-boyfriend was a pretty big jerk when we dated. He called me a hypocrite for my environmental beliefs and was pretty condescending</b> …

Psychology

California is shattering renewable records. So why are greenhouse emissions creeping up?

The green beacon that is the state of California is making clean-energy strides, according to new stats out this week. It’s harnessing a record …

Fossil Fuels

Foundations pour money into tackling climate change, but not curbing carbon

Big charitable foundations that shape the climate movement dole out cash for renewables and energy efficiency. But where’s the love for nuclear …

Climate

Hawaii’s rarest plants are in crisis. Meet the people fighting to save them.

Residents weren’t alarmed when it started raining in Kauai a month ago. It rains there often. In fact, Mount Waialeale peak on the Hawaiian island’s …

Botany

EPA guard physically shoved a reporter out of the building

<i>This</i> <i>story</i> <i>was originally published by</i> <i>Mother Jones</i> <i>and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>Scott Pruitt convened an EPA national …

Trump Administration

These Republican representatives say they’re ready for climate action. Can we believe them?

Three Republican representatives — Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, Peter Roskam of Illinois, and Erik Paulsen of Wisconsin — just joined a bipartisan …

New Jersey

A building El Niño in 2018 signals more extreme weather for 2019

In case you couldn’t get enough extreme weather, the next 12 months or so could bring even more scorching temps, punishing droughts, and unstoppable …

Climate Change

What’ll we eat in 2050? California farmers are placing bets.

Chris Sayer pushed his way through avocado branches and grasped a denuded limb. It was stained black, as if someone had ladled tar over its bark. In …

Time Travel

Officials tried to censor a report on national parks. Here’s what was in it.

Roughly 25 percent of U.S. national parks are vulnerable to rising sea levels because they’re situated in coastal areas. For years, the National …

National Parks

Satirical ad reveals how to live luxuriously like Scott Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt got ridiculed in front of the nation at a hearing this week, when Senate Democrats took him to task over his excessive …

Scott Pruitt

Utah sobering up from climate denialism

The flamboyantly conservative state of Utah — home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an all-Republican government, and the Utah Jazz — now officially …

Climate

For 400 months in a row, our planet has been unusually hot

Our overheating planet just reached another staggering — maybe even astronomical — new milestone.<p>In a report out Thursday, NOAA confirmed that April …

Climate Change

Can Oakland still stop the coal trains?

When a federal judge struck down Oakland’s ban on coal shipments this week, it represented a setback for environmental advocates. Nearly two years …

San Francisco

Yes, you too can be a Grist fellow. Apply now!

Are you an early-career journalist, storyteller, or multimedia wizard who digs what we do? Then Grist wants you!<p>We are now accepting applications for …

Environmental Justice

Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual

Bitcoin’s energy footprint has more than doubled since Grist first wrote about it six months ago.<p>It’s expected to double again by the end of the …

Bitcoin

Rex Tillerson funded climate denial at Exxon. Now he’s suddenly a big fan of facts.

Rex Tillerson, ex-Secretary of State, has some words for the Trump administration about capital-T Truth.<p>“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or …

Rex Tillerson

There’s been a mysterious rise in ozone-destroying emissions

Thought the ozone layer was safe? Think again.<p>CFC-11 is an ozone-depleting chemical whose phase out agreed upon in the ’80s and has been under an …

Climate Change

We can now see how humans have altered Earth’s water resources

For millennia, humans have harnessed rivers, built dams, and dug wells to quench our growing civilization. Now, for the first time, we have a picture …

Climate Change

We’re ignoring the biggest Pruitt scandal: He’s making pollution worse

It’s hard to look away from the scandals engulfing EPA chief Scott Pruitt. The guy dined with a cardinal accused of sexual abuse and demoted …

Pollution

Climate change, my microbiome, and me

Those of us who believe in climate change (and maybe some who don’t) jokingly blame all kinds of things on it, from flat tires to summer hailstorms. …

Climate Change

How to stop a humanitarian disaster before it happens

In an era of increasingly extreme hurricanes, floods and drought, the people in charge of preparing for disasters depend on meteorologists to …

Weather

Scott Pruitt’s vision of a ‘lean’ EPA includes spending a lot of money on himself

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the new “Office of Continuous Improvement” on Monday. The purpose of the office, he says, is “to make sure, …

Scott Pruitt

From the folks that brought us Dakota Access: Another fraught pipeline battle

It’s a familiar scenario: Locals fight back against a pipeline permitting process that they say ignores their health and right to a clean …

Oil & Gas Industry

California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories

In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month. Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade …

Farming