How Federal Agencies Are Failing Their Wildland Firefighters

“There’s a damaging disconnect between the lionized figure of the firefighter and the reality of the men and women who fight more fire than anyone.”

Source: Grist
Published: Jun 2, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,743 words)

What’ll We Eat in 2050? California Farmers Are Placing Bets

Nut and avocado trees require years to mature before they start producing crops. With California’s climate already changing, farmers need to reckon with their decisions to plant lucrative crops that the state’s climate might not be able to support in the future. But they also have to grow crops that pay for their equipment and mortgages right now.

Source: Grist
Published: May 22, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,542 words)

On Thin Ice

Homeward Bound is an Australian organization dedicated to helping women achieve leadership positions in the field of science, though ironically, the mentorship program has been plagued by the prevalence of sexual harassment during the program’s three-week long Antarctic voyage. Perhaps the worst part? Women who have reported concerns feel silenced by the organization. “Their belief is that Homeward Bound is not yet a safe space for women, even as it works toward making science more inclusive of them.”

Source: Grist
Published: Feb 28, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,550 words)

Hard Lessons in Living Off the Grid

A family tried to build its own sustainable paradise in Hawaii. Then Tesla’s batteries came to town.

Source: Grist
Published: Aug 8, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,139 words)

An Oral History of “An Inconvenient Truth”

The 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary on climate change originated as a slideshow. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the film’s director and producers trace the origin story, production, impact, and legacy of the film.

Source: Grist
Published: May 21, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,958 words)

A Sinking Jail

An account of the environmental disaster that is Rikers Island, where flooding, extreme heat, and air pollution put staff and detainees in danger.

Source: Grist
Published: Mar 15, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,672 words)

Half-Shell Hero

How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy, and what it means for the nation.

Source: Grist
Published: Mar 25, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,400 words)