Grist staff

The Polar Distress

Grizzly bears encroaching on polar bear habitat Polar bears have been having a rough time of it lately, what with global warming melting their habitat and PCBs tainting their food sources. Now they’ve got a new problem to worry about: …

Business & Technology

Author and oil-spill expert Riki Ott answers questions

Riki Ott. What work do you do? What’s your job title? For the past seven years — 1998 to 2004 — I researched and wrote a book, Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. …

Just Looking

Forest Service considers sustainability certification In an attempt to stem criticism of its logging and forest-management practices from both timber companies and conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service is assessing a handful of forests to determine if they meet management requirements …

Living

Steve Lippman, green investment expert, answers questions

Steve Lippman. What work do you do? I’m the senior analyst on the Social Research and Advocacy team at Trillium Asset Management, a Boston-based investment management company dedicated solely to socially responsible investing. The biggest part of my job is …

Climate & Energy

Brenda Way, artistic dance director, answers questions

Brenda Way. What work do you do? I founded ODC (originally the Oberlin Dance Collective) 35 years ago as a multidimensional arts organization — that is to say, not just for dance jocks. We moved to the Bay Area from …

100 Least Wanted

What do invasive plants and animals have to do with homeland security? The March 2005 issue of National Geographic reports that "terrorists could use invasives as weapons to 'disrupt and demoralize the U.S. government and its citizens over time.'" This …

Don't Fear the Reapers: On the alleged "Death of Environmentalism"

Four emerging environmental leaders discuss the future of their field

To continue the conversation about the ostensible “death of environmentalism,” we invited four next-generation leaders to discuss the issue with one another via email. Herewith, in almost real time, we are publishing their thoughts in our pages. All the participants …

Cities

Bill Walsh, founder of the Healthy Building Network, answers questions

Bill Walsh. What work do you do? I’m the founder and national coordinator of the Healthy Building Network. How does it relate to the environment? The Healthy Building Network is the only organization dedicated to linking green building strategies to …

Cities

Karen Hundt, Chattanooga urban planner, answers questions

Karen Hundt. What work do you do? I am the director of the Planning & Design Studio in Chattanooga, Tenn. We are a division of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, but the design studio focuses on downtown and riverfront …