Remember when we talked to you about Solo cups? We wanted to know who made this people’s chalice such a ubiquitous part of our disposable world -- and why. Turns out you were curious too: Grist readers were kind enough to help fund this joint Kickstarter with filmmaker John Pavlus.
You came through, and now we're very excited to share the end result. Behold, I, Party Cup:
That’s right, Grist is going to give five lucky readers a Nest Learning Thermostat.
We know you don’t need anything in return for supporting our indispensable green journalism, but if you donate by Dec. 17 you’ll automatically be entered to win one of these cutting-edge, super-schmancy, energy-saving devices -- a $249 value.
Sure these Nests are deluxe, but don’t worry. We assure you that every penny of your donation will go straight to helping us deliver the best, most current green news of the day.
The Bad News: This event is so clearly awesome that all the tickets have been sold out!
The Good News: Grist is giving away two pairs of tickets to two lucky readers! (That is, if you are one of two winners, you can take a +1 to the show with you. Air/train/bike fare not included.)
The Catch: Tell us a joke! Seriously, tweet it with the tag #StandUpForGrist or post in the comments below, and we’ll pick the ones that make us snort the most milk. Bonus points if you manage to make light of impending climate doom, but no subject matter is off limits (though we’ve probably heard the one about the interrupting cow before, so try to show us something new). One entry per jokester, plz.
Even if we don’t select your joke, you’re still a winner in our eyes: Grist will also hold a Happy Hour Extravaganza (prizes! good times for all!) before the show, at the Bell House’s Frontier Room from 6 to 8 p.m. This extracurricular event is open to the public — no ticket required. Crowd in and get your Grist on!
Life doesn't stop just because the federal government has shut down. And sooner or later, President Obama will have to tell the world where he finally comes down on building or killing the Keystone XL pipeline.
While he continues to mull that important choice, the New York Times reports, a network of more than 150 former aides is pushing him to say "no."
The Times tells the story of Elijah Zarlin, an aide during Obama's first presidential campaign, who was later arrested during the 2011 Keystone protests outside the White House.
Did you miss Parking Day 2013? If you live in a participating town, especially San Francisco, the city that started it all, how could you? There were goats, for goodness sake. Well, never mind your unperceptive eyes -- here's a chance to take it all in.
Alas, due to scheduling conflicts, we've had to cancel our planned Google+ Hangout with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Many thanks to all of you who submittedthoughtfulquestions for them ahead of time. We hope to be able to reschedule in the future and get those questions answered.
Still, we did get a chance to interview McCarthy last week, so you can read what she had to say about President Obama's attitude toward climate change and the EPA's new proposed carbon standards for power plants (plus her thoughts on ice cream and the Red Sox).
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the Google+ Hangout with the energy secretary and EPA administrator has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule. Thanks to everyone who left thoughtful questions below in comments; we hope we'll be able to ask them in the future.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy -- key players in implementing that plan -- want to answer your questions about it. Grist will be moderating a White House Google+ Hangout with Moniz and McCarthy on Monday, Sept. 23, at 9:15 a.m. PT / 12:15 p.m. ET.
Grist's climate and energy blogger (and most prolific tweeter) David Roberts is now off on a year-long sabbatical, aiming to recharge, get fit, and maybe even write a novel. But before he signed off from Twitter and exited the news hamster wheel, he left us with his top 10 thoughts on climate politics, which actually turned out to be 20.5 thoughts. Here they are:
How about some final words of glib, 140-character wisdom? Top ten things drgrist has learned writing (cough, tweeting) about politics.
The Great American Road Trip -- it’s a rite of passage, a national pastime, and increasingly, a tool for spreading the word about looming climate catastrophe. Each summer, a motley parade of veggie buses, vintage motorcycles, and bicycles circulates around the country, its participants out to preach the gospel of green living, and perhaps learn a thing or two in the process.
Two of these eco-minded road trippers, Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein, recently dropped by the Grist offices in Seattle to tell us about their adventures aboard a 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan. The duo, who recently graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, called their adventure the Great American Adaptation Road Trip. Their mission: to ferret out tales of how local people are adjusting to a warmer world.
That’s a little defeatist, innit? What about preventing climate change, guys?
Copenhagen designer and transportation consultant Mikael Colville-Andersen has perhaps done more than anyone else in recent years to put the cool back into bicycling. Colville-Andersen, CEO of the Copenhazenize Design Co., founded the Cycle Chic blog, a brand that has spread to cities worldwide. He spends a good deal of his time evangelizing about the benefits of bicycling to cities, and taking photographs of cyclists in the streets.
Colville-Andersen is a particular fan of cargo bikes -- bicycles built to carry everything from parcels to people. (He himself pedals a Danish-designed Bullitt cargo bike that Grist Senior Editor Greg Hanscom recently took for a spin.) And in rifling through his photo archives not long ago, he realized that of the 15,000 or so photos he’d taken while documenting bicycle culture around the world, easily 3,000 were of cargo bikes. The result: A new self-published book called Cargo Bike Nation that features “photo after photo of cargo bikes, as well as bicycles with cargo.”
“At the end of the day I just wanted to produce the ultimate cargo bike photo book,” Colville-Andersen writes in the introduction. “Nothing sells cargo bikes like a long line of photos showing Citizen Cyclists and others using a cargo bike in their daily lives. As a vital tool for urban living.”