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Happy September 15, Nathanael here.

President Joe Biden was in Idaho and California on Monday to tour communities ravaged by this season’s wildfires. …


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It’s Wednesday, September 8, and all the biggest fires are burning in California

Good morning, Nate here. There are 81 large fires burning in…


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It’s Wednesday, September 1, and weather conditions have turned California into a powder keg.

Good morning, Zoya here. There are 83 large fires burning…


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Hello and welcome to late August! Nathanael here.

There are 77 large uncontained fires burning across the U.S. this week, down from over 100…


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Hello and welcome to the first edition of The Burning Issue — Grist’s limited-run newsletter about all things fire. My name is Zoya Teirstein…


Walmart and other retail giants import millions of goods on polluting cargo ships

Illustration: Grist / Sayan_Moongklang / Getty Images

By Maria Gallucci

Take a look around your home and you’ll likely find plenty of goods that traveled by cargo ship to your doorstep. A set of IKEA plates made in China. A dresser full of pandemic-era loungewear, ordered on Target and made in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Tracing…


New York’s sweeping climate law will prioritize environmental justice communities — once it decides who they are

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By Emily Pontecorvo

One of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders promised that “disadvantaged communities” would receive at least 40 percent of the overall benefits of government spending on infrastructure, clean energy, and other climate-related programs. …


Blistering temperatures are redefining what’s considered “really hot.”

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By Kate Yoder

You know a heat wave when you feel it — oppressively hot weather that makes you desperate for an ice-cold drink, or better yet, air conditioning.

But nailing down what counts as a heat wave is surprisingly tricky. Temperatures vary widely from place to place — normal…


A coastal geologist on the future of Florida’s seaside communities

Photo: Lance Asper

By Zoya Teirstein

The Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed last week, killing at least 18 people with 145 others unaccounted for. It’s too soon to say whether climate change had anything to do with the tragedy. …


Research shows that more fires are ignited on July 4 than any other day of the year

Photo: Stephanie McCabe

By Zoya Teirstein

The United States is hot and dry. Large portions of the West are in “exceptional drought,” the most extreme rating assigned by the U.S. Drought Monitor. States that rely on the Colorado River are preparing to ration water. And a hellish heat dome set up camp over…

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