Greg Hanscom

Greg Hanscom was a senior editor at Grist.

Urban outfitters: The Nature Conservancy goes to the city

The world's biggest conservation group is making forays into urban areas. Some say it should shift its focus entirely. But can these nature muffins survive in the urban jungle?

Paranoia strikes deep: GOP exposes ‘dangerous’ U.N. sustainability plot

The new Republican bogeymen? Smart meters! Bike paths! Trains! (Wait, trains?) Yes, people, it’s all a nefarious United Nations plot, and the Republican National Committee is out to expose it.

Boehner’s last stand: House leader wants to kill transit funding

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives announced plans to eviscerate funding for buses, trains, and other mass transit. This time, they may have gone too far.

A bill of goods: With their latest transportation bill, GOP sides with the suburbs

House Republicans rolled out a proposal for a new transportation bill on Tuesday, and if you believe what they say, the future looks a whole lot like the past. But bike boosters, pedestrian advocates, and environmentalists won’t go backwards without …

Rocky’s road: One of the country’s greenest mayors guns for the White House

Rocky Anderson is running for president, and the third item on his to-do list (after getting the money out of politics and pulling the United States out of foreign wars) is fighting climate change. How cool is that?

This old house: Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones

A new study finds that retrofitting old buildings is almost always more eco-friendly than building new ones, and provides the most immediate bang for the buck in the fight against climate change. The implication: Save old cities and we might …

Shocking but true! The director of ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ wants to chat with you!

Chris Paine, director of the documentaries "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and "Revenge of the Electric Car," chatted with Grist readers.

Seeing red: Where do the GOP candidates stand on urban issues?

For decades, the Republican strategy on cities has been to ignore them and hope they go away. This year appears to be no different, but the guys currently taking pot shots at each other in the presidential primary never cease …

Up with people: What is Obama doing about our cities’ chronic problems?

Puffy ideas from the creative class are not going to solve urban America’s stickiest problems of subpar education, poverty, and mass imprisonment. To do that, we’ll need hard-nosed solutions and strong leadership from the top. How is the president doing?