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Greg Hanscom

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Greg Hanscom is a senior editor at Grist. He tweets about cities, bikes, transportation, policy, and sustainability at @ghanscom.

Climate & Energy

DJ Spooky wants to remix the climate fight

Driven by a desire to see climate change firsthand, this hip hop artist took off for Antarctica with cameras and microphones. He hopes the audiovisual results will move your body and your mind.

Climate & Energy

RIP, Barry Commoner: A scientist who wasn’t afraid to make some noise

This pioneering ecologist argued that protecting the environment was inseparable from social issues such as civil, women's, and consumer rights.


This election season, Americans pony up for public transportation

With federal funding for mass transit flagging, locals seek to pick up the slack with ballot-approved tax measures. So far, it seems to be working.


Ditch your car this week! We double-dog dare you

Around the world this week, people are spurning their cars in favor of buses, bikes, and their own two feet. Are you up for the challenge, America?


Mr. ‘Shrink the City’ goes to Washington

Dan Kildee, best known for his efforts to downsize Flint, Mich., is about to take his urban agenda to Congress.


Stacey Champion took on the Tea Party — and won

When an Arizona state legislator tried to sneak through a law banning Agenda 21 and all things “sustainable,” this local rabble-rouser made some serious noise. It’s what you have to do, she says, when you live in crazytown.


Urban naturalist: Molly Steinwald challenges city kids to find the wilderness in a sidewalk crack

City kids are often taught that nature is “out there,” beyond the city limits, but this biologist/photographer/educator says “everyday nature” has the power to transform.

Climate & Energy

The carbon tax, demystified

Taxes aren’t exactly popular, but the idea of using them to fight climate change is surprisingly resilient. Here’s a primer.


What other cities can learn from Seattle’s troubled ‘deep green’ building program

Three years ago, Seattle challenged developers to build the next generation of uber green buildings -- but few answered the call. What can we learn?