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WTF is the deal with high-fructose corn syrup?

Discount rates: A boring thing you should know about (with otters!)

How much is it worth to us today to avoid climate disruption later this century? To understand how that question has typically been answered, you …

The week in GIFs: Pee, pigeons, and pencils

<i>Inspiration meets desperation in this week’s green news. (Last week: cheese, RuPaul, and an Amish paradise.)</i><p>Jordan CatalanoJared Leto wrote John …

Time for the public to reinvest in food-system infrastructure

———-<p>To enter a farmers’ market in a U.S. city in the summer is to experience firsthand the recent revival of small-scale farming. Stand after stand …

The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future

<i>This is the first installment in Grist’s Feeding the City series, which we’ll be running over the course of the next several weeks. (Learn more.)</i><p>But …

20, it’s a blessing: Celebrating two decades of environmental justice

<i>I woke up early on my born day; I’m 20, it’s a blessing</i> <i><br>The essence of adolescence leaves my body, now I’m fresh and</i> <i><br>My physical frame is celebrated</i> …

7 billion, unpacked — a comic

The world population is hitting 7 billion. But what does that really mean? In this comic, we unpack some of the numbers and nuances. Click the image …

15 green books you can actually read at the beach

Green books that are fun to read? What a novel idea.<p>So maybe you’ll finally have a chance to catch up on some reading this summer. But so many of …

Songs about climate change are not so hot

The green sliver to your right represents songs that express environmental concern and don’t suck. It is populated by “Big Yellow Taxi” from Joni …

John Kerry on why we need fossil fuels (for now) and climate action (for real!)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who could become the next secretary of state if President Obama wins reelection, sees climate change as a serious threat …

12 things you should never put in your mouth [SLIDESHOW]

You cannot imagine the stuff that passes for food. Lucky for you, we have found ample photographic evidence. You may not want to view this on a full …

Say it loud — I’m childfree and I’m proud

In 1969, graduating college senior Stephanie Mills made national headlines with a commencement address exclaiming that, in the face of impending …

Knope and change | Grist

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Polar bear-lesque: The weirdest, sexiest way to confront climate change

Una Aya Osato has been performing since she was 2 years old — she landed her first part after chatting up a casting director in a Chinese restaurant …

A mixtape love letter to the parks that birthed hip hop

Hip hop was born in an apartment building in the Bronx, but it grew up in New York City’s parks. In the 1970s and ’80s, DJs would steal electricity …

Series: Panic-free GMOs

Articles in this series:<p>If we look past the rhetoric on both sides and review the science with an open mind and a skeptical eye, surely we can arrive …

This win against toxic couches will make you love seats

In 2013, the effort to remove flame retardant chemicals from most of the furniture we sit on scored a big environmental win. But the road to victory …

David Roberts’ top 20.5 parting insights

Grist’s climate and energy blogger (and most prolific tweeter) David Roberts is now off on a year-long sabbatical, aiming to recharge, get fit, and …

Exponential Finance Conference

The virtues of being unreasonable on Keystone

I know Andy Revkin of <i>The New York Times</i> writes posts like this in part to bait people like me. But like Popeye, I yam what I yam. So consider me …

Street artists trace against time — and sea-level rise

This is a story about an all-American machine, and two women who are leading an unusual effort to prepare our cities for climate change.<p>The machine …

Blood on the leaves: The hidden environmental story in “12 Years a Slave”

The opening scene in <i>12 Years a Slave</i> shows the main character, Solomon Northup, an African American born free but fraudulently sold into slavery, …

An interview with Rupert Murdoch about News Corp.’s new climate strategy

When Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous and conservative owner of Fox News, enthusiastically joins the fight against climate change, you know we’re …

Climate

Series: How green is your candidate? Info on the 2008 presidential contenders

Articles in this series:<p>Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) has added another "former" to his list of titles by withdrawing from the 2008 presidential …

Government

What I learned from six months of GMO research: None of it matters

About a third of the way through this series on GMOs, after a particularly angry conflagration broke out on Twitter, I asked my wife, Beth, if I …

Agriculture

Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

About a year ago, during a cross-faded conversation that felt profound but probably sounded more like this, a friend told me about Strauss-Howe …

A special series on the alleged “Death of Environmentalism”

Environmental leaders were rather dismayed late last year when upstarts began offering high-profile obituaries of their beloved movement.<p>We are …

How to streamline your life and still enjoy the heck out of it

<i>Editor’s note: Ever wonder when We the People stopped being called citizens and started being called consumers? Take back your real identity, and</i> …

Sustainability

A skeptical look at The Skeptical Environmentalist

Before the terrible events of Sept. 11 nudged our national mood towards nouveau-earnestness, skepticism was the disposition of the day. Bred in the …

How to bike in the city (tips for the bicycle curious)