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World’s energy supply relies on water. Guess what we’re running low on?

Grist: Not to make you do math on a Friday or anything, but here`s a simple word problem: If 98 percent of global power generation requires water, the U.N. predicts a 40 percent shortfall in global water supply by 2030, and the world`s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, then approximately how screwed are we? Please present your answer in units of Stacey Dash accidentally driving on the freeway: Now, before you grab a pencil and paper, some context: A new report from the World Energy Council...

Congress agrees on microbeads ban. Wait, what?

Grist: Here`s how environmental news stories usually play out: Corporations do something bad to the environment, and people say, "Hey, stop that!" But they don`t stop because they are making boatloads of money doing it, so people go to the government and say, "Hey, can you make them stop that?" But the government doesn`t do anything because it`s in the pocket of some big company. Or maybe it does do something, but it takes forever because it`s so busy arguing with itself, ignoring crumbling infrastructure,...

Farmed fish are breaking out of their pens at an alarming rate

Grist: If you`re a child of the 90s, you might feel something like this when it comes to sea creatures escaping from captivity. But it`s now 2015, and we farm fish on the reg, so it`s time to grow up. Wired explains why: Aquaculture is fast becoming the main way that humans get their seafood fix. But fish aren’t cattle; they don’t turn passive when cooped up. Every year, hundreds of thousands of salmon, cod, and rainbow trout wriggle through damaged or defective cages and flee into the open seas, never...

Thawing permafrost could be the worst climate threat you haven’t heard of

Grist: Some things get better when you take them out of the freezer. Ice cream, for example, is unarguably more delicious when it gets a little melt-y. (Unarguably, I say! Come at me, trolls.) But other things get remarkably worse. Take bananas - the next time you whip up a smoothie, leave the frozen banana to defrost on your counter and watch in horror as it turns into a yellowish brown pile of watery mucus. And then there’s permafrost: You don’t even want to know what happens to that shit when it thaws...