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Lights, camera, climate action!, video

Grist video kicks off Global Day of Climate Action 2008

In honor of the fourth annual Global Day of Climate Action on Dec. 6 and the global climate talks currently going down in Poznan, Poland, Grist put together a little video to get everyone thinking about how they're acting to change the climate -- for better or for worse. We're working with other green orgs around the world, like, Friends of the Earth International and Greenpeace International, who have also posted climate-related videos on YouTube, and, with your help, we're aiming to launch a climate takeover of YouTube's Most Commented page this Saturday. That means you and all your …

Read more: Climate & Energy, Living


Turkey-ish delight

A meat-free turkey slideshow and other vegetarian Thanksgiving fare

In the spirit of holiday gratitude, Grist would like to give thanks for those creative souls who play with their food. Because without them, we wouldn't have this festive slideshow of meat-free masterpieces shaped like turkeys! (OK, you'll notice we snuck in one or two non-edible turkeys too, but they were just too good not to pass around the table this Thanksgiving.) We're not pulling your wattle here; we just love to gobble up vegetarian-friendly holiday fare every chance we get. What better way to celebrate not eating our feathered friends than with a shrine to their likeness? Whether it's …

Read more: Food, Living


Green is thy fame

Notre Dame and Syracuse face off in football and climate change

The Fighting Irish and the Orangemen grapple over gridiron green. Photo: Ashley Braun As a loyal Notre Dame alumna, I feel it's my duty not only to rally behind my team on the football field, but also to rally behind their efforts at fighting climate change. Thanks to NBC Universal and their "Green is Universal" biz, the two become one. In anticipation of the ND vs. Syracuse game this past weekend, NBC offered up a whopping $10K to the university who rallies the most to cut carbon emissions by November 30 via Trash talk off the field. Photo: Ashley …

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Why you all up in MySpace?

Vote early, vote often to help Grist win $10K in the MySpace Impact Awards for Environmentalism

You (and all your MySpace friends) can help land Grist a cool $10,000 just by exercising your right to vote (again), which is way better than us searching for loose change in our couch. Grist is one of three finalists in the MySpace Impact Awards for Environmentalism, which gives props (and moolah) to organizations and individuals who creatively use their MySpace pages to make a difference. You can find ours at, where we give our friends a backstage pass to sweet green prizes, special news widgets, the latest Grist video, and more. You can vote once per day till …

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An average Jo got it stick figured out, video

A video story of post-election hopes for the planet

Now that the most epic presidential election of our lives is over, Americans should have plenty of free time on our hands. So, what next? This is where Jo comes in. She's an average American looking for real -- heck, any -- leadership on climate change from a shiny new President Obama. And she's got a thing or two to say about how he should get started on it. Coincidentally, Jo is a stick figure person. But that doesn't mean her ideas are any less valid than all the other Jo(e)'s from this election season. Check out her story below.


Across party lines

Organic candidate cocktails for your election-night party

Whether you'll be toasting to triumph or drowning out defeat once the polls close, these four election-night libations will win over even the most partisan of voters. And they come Grist-tested, Grist approved*. *Approval of a candidate's cocktail does not indicate endorsement by Grist or its employees. Just a drunken good time. Please enjoy (and vote) responsibly. Maverick Martini This straight shooter will have you striking bipartisan deals before you know it. 1 1/2 oz. organic vodka 1/2 oz. triple sec 1/2 oz. amaretto 1 oz. organic pineapple juice Palin Polar Punch Put this frosty party-pleaser on your list before …

Read more: Politics


In your weatherize, the light, the heat ..., video

Win money to weatherize your home in The Home Depot’s video contest

You can save energy. We can help. Photo: OsCataleptic. If weatherizing makes you complete, consider entering The Home Depot's "Save Money. Save Energy. Win Big." contest by submitting a short video about ways you save energy at home. Grand prize is a hefty $5,000 gift card to The Home Depot. At $6.88 for a 4-pack, you could buy 2,904 CFLs. Plus the big winner can rake in up to $2,000 for installed insulation or radiant barrier products from The Home Depot Home Services. And in these uncertain times (for both the climate and finances), who couldn't use a few extra …

Read more: Climate & Energy


CSI: Climate Scene Investigation

Enviro-crimes predicted to rise with effects of climate change

Take a bite out of climate. Photo: A Hermida. McGruff, the police dog that takes a bite out of crime, might soon be biting off more than he can chew thanks to an expected rise in crimes related to climate change: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute pinpoints the risk of carbon market fraud, an increase in violent crime, and looting after natural disasters as just some of the challenges police may face as the globe warms. Perhaps another argument for citing climate change as a national security issue?

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Global warming's 'winners'

With climate change bringing the heat, take a look at the next tourist hot spots

When we saw this list of so-called "Global Warming's Winners" on, at first we thought, "Seriously?" And then we thought, "I sure could go for a cookie!" But after a quick snack, we reconsidered their hot-or-not travel judgments on places that stand to gain or lose from climate change, and made a few assessments of our own. Our conclusion? Look on the bright side. Because, hey, even if the permafrost is thawing, that doesn't mean you can't go on a luxe Arctic cruise to see it. Check out some of these places -- along with a healthy dash of …

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Buck off

Grist poll: Which candidate has bucked his base more on the environment?

Now that we know both presidential candidates are OK with occasionally being unpopular -- especially when it comes to the environment -- who do you think has differed more from his base on this issue? </object&gt Quizzes by