Greg Hanscom

Greg Hanscom was a senior editor at Grist.

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.

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?

Elephants in the room: Urban poverty, climate change, and other problems we love to ignore

When times get tough, Americans seem incapable of having rational discussions about our most pressing issues. As a result, they’ve been erased from the political discourse. The implications are downright ugly.

Agenda 21: It came to take your freedom!

Agenda 21: Everything you need to know about the secret U.N. plot, in one comic

Some Republicans and Tea Partiers want you to think that Agenda 21 is just your typical stealth campaign of “extreme environmentalism.” But when you’re finished reading the latest in Grist’s series, The Basics, you’ll be terrified.

Next-level sh!t: Bill Gates has seen the future, and it is craptacular

Bill and Melinda Gates host the Super Bowl for the toilet of the future, inspiring some seriously space-age concraptions.

The great cities vs. suburbs rivalry, and why it matters

The cities are winning! No, the ’burbs are! Why do we bicker about census numbers?

L.A. braces for hellish heat waves while world leaders diddle

Los Angeles and other cities have been leading the fight against climate change. Now, they’re preparing for the inevitable.

Congress passes terrible transportation bill, hits the road

Final transportation bill is a major letdown for advocates of transit, bikes, and other car alternatives.