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.

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 ForbesTraveler.com, at first we thought, “Seriously?” And then we thought, “I sure could go for a cookie!” But after a quick snack, we reconsidered …

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? …

Soundbiting the hand that leads you

In series of video spoofs, Grist tries to stump the candidates with tough climate questions

While sitting on a panel about bias in the media, Dan Rather called out the contrived format of the presidential debates, saying, “First of all, these aren’t debates. They are a ‘something,’ but they aren’t …

It's debatable

Could you be the next energy czar?

We could be over-thinking this whole energy crisis. Maybe we need just a wink and the chant, “Drill, baby, drill.” Maybe we need a healthy helping of “clean coal and safe nuclear.” Or maybe what …

Challenging the status quote

Fact-check sound-bites from tonight’s VP debate with Ameritocracy

Call us optimists, but we’re expecting tonight’s much-anticipated vice presidential debate to be littered with sound bites on energy and the environment. After all, Sarah Palin, who “knows more about energy than probably anyone else …

And bingo is their name-o

A Palin/Biden bingo game to help you veep score during the debate

Looking for a way to veep score on environmental issues in tonight’s VP debate? Grist has got your back with a sure-fire method for determining who really wins these things: Talking Points Bingo. Download printable …

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