April 2012

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra at 10: What a long, strange tip it’s been

Our beloved advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, reflects on 10 years of sage advice.

Election 2012

Romney, once an anti-sprawl crusader, created model for Obama ‘smart growth’ program

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney fought sprawl and promoted density -- another set of issues on which he looks to be seriously out of sync with the Tea Party and the GOP base.

Inside Grist

Haiku update: Reprieve for a boiling frog

Grist Haiku contest ends in dead heat. We're stymied. Frog, live on! (For now.)

Featured Friend: Tama B.

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Climate & Energy

Scientists to world leaders: You broke it, you own it

In preparation for the Earth Summit in Rio, scientists from around the globe did a little review of the literature. Not surprisingly, they say humans are officially Earth’s top dog. Surprisingly, they seem to think there’s some hope of saving this rock.

Urban Agriculture

Fowl play: Raising illegal backyard chickens [VIDEO]

Meet some outlaw chickens and the people who harbor them -- in their quiet backyards.

Election 2012

How Obama and Romney compare on green issues

A handy chart lets you compare the presidential candidates' policies on fossil fuels, clean energy, public lands, and oil subsidies.

Solar Power

India flips the switch on world’s largest solar power plant

The power plant has a field of solar panels the size of Lower Manhattan.

Living

The dumbest green bikinis

As the world heats up, it will be increasingly important to have itty-bitty swimsuits to wear (under your voluminous poncho, of course, once the ozone layer crumbles and turns sunlight to poison). So what swimwear best prepares you for an apocalyptic climate-altered future, while simultaneously being low-impact and sustainable? Whatever, that’s a boring question; here is the swimwear that does it WORST. 1. Solar bikini

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