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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.

Cities

Earth Summit 101: A Jedi’s primer to the meeting in Rio

Leaders from around the galaxy will meet in June to decide the fate of the blue planet. You hadn’t heard? Let us bring you up to speed, young Padawan.

Politics

Obama may blow off the Earth Summit

World leaders will gather in June to discuss the future of the planet. Will the president be a no-show?

Cities

Earth Day revisited: An environmental patriarch on keeping the dream alive

Denis Hayes, the man who coordinated the first Earth Day back in 1970, talks about where the action will be this year, the state of the environmental movement, and why he’s become a green developer.

Cities

The ‘war on suburbia’ is a hoax

Saying that we’ve declared war on the suburbs is like a spoiled frat boy whining that his parents have declared war on his trust fund because they’ve cut him back to just one kegger and a pound of weed each week.

Business & Technology

People power: Crowdfunding fires up local solar projects

To fund community-scale solar power installation, the company Solar Mosaic has created a website that allows people to invest even small sums. It’s a surprisingly smart idea.

Election 2012

Being Green: Presidential hopeful Jill Stein aims to rebuild a broken system

The Green Party’s front-runner says she wants to get corporations out of politics, create universal health care and free higher education, and rebuild the American economy. Don’t even get her started on Ralph Nader.

Climate & Energy

Why The Hunger Games is no climate parable: A science fiction pro explains

Author Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl, Ship Breaker) talks about what a real eco-apocalypse looks like and the power of science fiction to inspire a better future.

Cities

Joel Kotkin: The man urbanists love to hate

The prominent “suburban apologist” talks about how much he likes cities and how he loves to ride his bike -- and generally goes all Jane Jacobs on us. Wait, wha?

Politics

Boehner bombs: House speaker fails on transportation bill

With just hours left before a congressional holiday, it looks like House Speaker John Boehner, rather than accepting a bipartisan compromise, has opted to do nothing about the nation's roads.