Ashley Braun

Ashley Braun is Grist's News Producer and (unofficially) its Official Puntificator. She's also a science nerd, a lazy runner, an organic container gardener, and an accidental "expert" on topics like cross-country relationships and social media.


Paint-and-seed grenade-launcher aims to bomb the blight out of America

Bomb the Blight founder Tommy Wilson is the latest to join the ranks of those pimping the pavement, and he's armed with seed bombs, paint, and an air cannon.


Rabbit chow filters sex hormones out of wastewater

Faced with a crapload of sex hormones slipping through water treatment facilities, researchers have hopped onto a possible solution for our oversexed waste solutions: rabbit chow.


Even city chickens want rooftop gardens on their coops

You can keep your mother cluckers cooped up -- while you raise the roof with raised garden beds -- with this chicken coop that doubles as a garden.

Business & Technology

Anti-advertising billboard showcases the clean air around it

This billboard is highlighting the good job done by the Clean Air Act while also giving instant weather updates.


Eating more fish will save the rainforests, suggests scientist Ray Hilborn

What would happen if we never ate another fish? Fisheries researcher Ray Hilborn thinks that shift could only lead to more rainforests succumbing to the plow to fill the world's growling bellies, and that there really are plenty of fish …


Watch Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Van Jones, others explore plastic pollution and the ocean

Activists, innovators, explorers, and artists are gathering in Los Angeles on November 6 for TEDx:GreatPacificGarbagePatch. It's featuring a day jam-packed with videos and live speeches from a gyre's-worth of famous ocean-lovers and plastic-pollution-haters. Watch the livestream here all day Saturday!

Climate & Energy

Fixing climate change with a video game

If you're game to save (or set aflame) the planet from the threat of climate change, you should give the eerily realistic computer game, Fate of the World, a spin.

Business & Technology

EPA captures latest environmental fugitive on 'Most Wanted' list

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just nabbed the latest fugitive on its Most Wanted list. Hiding out in the Dominican Republic, this convict was on the run for giving green jobs a bad name.


A bike helmet that stinks will keep you from cracking up

Worried about whether your helmet will still keep you safe after a few falls? Here's one that makes quite a stink when it's time to replace it.