i've got sole, but i'm not a soldier
These shoes are completely made out of recycled trash
Watch three guys collect beach litter and reconstitute it into a pair of brightly marbled sneakers.
Pampas and circumstance
This Argentinian ranch sticks to the gaucho way of raising beef
Factory farms are replacing grass-fed beef in Argentina. Join Perennial Plate as they explore a ranch that's sticking to tried-and-true methods of cattle ranching.
Wanna know what’s happened to the Gulf Coast since the BP spill? Read this blog, now
The Bridge the Gulf blog is hands-down the best source of post-spill news and insight, written by locals who have a stake in the recovery.
License to till
Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents
Wisconsin researchers release the first batch of seeds designed to propagate the old-fashioned notion of sharing.
A surprisingly pleasant song about plastic pollution
Maybe you've never thrown a plastic bottle at a sea otter before, but chances are you're still responsible for ocean pollution. Now you can hum this catchy tune to remind yourself!
It's not all bad
Three Gulf Coast victories scored since the BP spill
As we mark the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not all the news is grim. Determined activists have made some real gains.
Obama delays Keystone decision — again
The administration is giving federal agencies more time to weigh in on the pipeline. That means a decision will probably be pushed past the midterm elections.
It's just capitalism, right?
Ex-BP official got rich on Deepwater Horizon spill, gets busted
The coordinator for BP's cleanup effort dumped company stock while the magnitude of the spill was being covered up. The SEC calls that insider trading.
The week in GIFs: Mark Ruffalo edition
Mark Ruffalo won our "Who's your fave green celeb" poll, plus he's just plain rad.
Making the road safe for biking’s nervous Nellies
California cities edge closer to a comprehensive plan for riders and drivers to sensibly share the streets.
Climate & Energy
BP claims mission accomplished in Gulf cleanup; Coast Guard begs to differ
BP announced this week that "active cleanup" of the Gulf is over. But the Coast Guard is actually in charge, and it says "not by a long shot."
A bright idea
Obama makes a push for solar power
The White House held a solar summit on Thursday, where it announced $15 million in new support for the solar energy industry.
Science of filmmaking
These biologists created a gorgeous film about African glaciers
Filmmakers Neil Losin and Nathan Dappen talk about their film "Snows of the Nile," a visually stunning documentary about disappearing glaciers in Uganda.
How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species
The documentary "Vanishing Pearls" spotlights the African-American oystermen of Louisiana whose way of life has been destroyed in the wake of the BP oil spill.
Chris Christie is still trying to force a pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands
A state commission rejected a plan to build a natural-gas pipeline through a national reserve of forests and wetlands, but Christie and his cronies don't want to take no for an answer.
People of color contribute least to smog, yet breathe more of it. WTF?
Get a load of this: It’s not poor people whose nostrils get the dirtiest air. It’s people of color -- even wealthy ones.
Newly discovered gnat species named after Bill McKibben
The climate activist and author says he's honored. Who wouldn't be?
sharing is scarring
Airbnb can make your dreams of running a brothel come true
Airbnb rooms are replacing hotels as primo sex worker spots. (So that tourist DID spend all weekend spelunking!)
Screw being ladylike on a bike
Eff gender expectations of being sporty or sexy or both; just get your feet on the pedals!
Climate & Energy
New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown
The federal government will enhance its maps to show the danger of floods caused by storm surges. It's a lesson learned from Superstorm Sandy.
No more mystery food
Vermont poised to mandate GMO labels on food
It will soon be the third state to require labels on genetically modified food -- and the first state willing to go there even if other states don't.
Ask Umbra: How do I know if my local swimming hole is safe?
A reader wonders if it's OK for her kids to dip into a nearby river. Umbra gets testy.
Climate & Energy
Is climate change the new slavery?
When a volcanic eruption threw the global climate into chaos two centuries ago, slavery surged. We can expect more such humanitarian crises in our climate-changed future.
No-till farming’s Johnny Appleseed — in a grimy Prius
Jeff Mitchell rides up and down California's Central Valley bearing a message: Farming without plowing saves soil and money.
Insane cycling video will make you hold your breath for two minutes
Grist cannot be held responsible for the peeing of your pants while watching this.
This giant vacuum will suck the pollution out of rivers
Check out famous vacuum dude James Dyson's design for the M.V. Recyclone boat, a.k.a. the U.S.S. Sucky (in our minds, at least).
Business & Technology
Here’s what fracking can do to your health
A new study examines the potential hazards of natural gas extraction.
Fruit of the Gloom
Mark Ruffalo, you are our chosen green celeb! (We hope you like fruit)
The people have spoken, and one lucky man in Hollywood will be the happy recipient of a fruit basket.
This velomobile is basically an electric car without the hassle
If the words “recumbent trike” make your lip curl, we understand. But the solar-powered, electric ELF deserves a second look.