Grist staff

Readers talk back about John Roberts, nuclear power, Wal-Mart, and more

  Re: Toadus Operandi Dear Editor: Your piece on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts lacked a bit of perspective. While Roberts may or may not have sympathy for the environmental movement, his rulings in In Re: Cheney (2003) and Sierra …

We Hear Helsinki Is Beautiful This Time of Year

The desertification of southern Europe may be under way With 2003’s deadly European heat wave still lingering in memory, this summer’s spiking temperatures, rampant forest fires, and record droughts along the Mediterranean are increasingly being seen not as freaky aberrations, …

Cities

Milenko Matanovic, community-based planner, answers questions

Milenko Matanovic. What work do you do? I run a nonprofit organization called Pomegranate Center. We specialize in involving people in creating gathering places, thereby integrating art into the fabric of the community. We help develop plans for neighborhoods that …

Cities

Green architect Raphael Sperry answers questions

Raphael Sperry. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I’m the president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, which is a small nonprofit with a national membership and active local chapters in Northern California, Seattle, and New York City. What does …

Readers talk back about lawns, eco-vandalism, labor/enviro alliances, and more

  Re: The Terror of Our Ways Dear Editor: Thank you for putting the difficult topic of eco-vandalism up front. Unfortunately, it was disappointing to read yet another article calling eco-vandalism “eco-terrorism.” The term could hardly be more inaccurate: vandalism …

Jamie Rappaport Clark of Defenders of Wildlife answers questions

Jamie Rappaport Clark. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I’m the executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife. What does your organization do? We work to protect native plants and animals and their habitat. Our work takes us all …

Living

Seth Heine of CollectiveGood answers questionsSeth Heine of CollectiveGood answers Grist’s

Seth Heine. With what environmental organizations are you affiliated? I’m the president of CollectiveGood and RIPMobile.com — mobile phone recyclers. What do your organizations do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? CollectiveGood recycles mobile devices (phones, pagers, …

Readers talk back about eco-friendly cities, eco-friendly clothes, and more

  Re: City City Bang Bang Dear Editor: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels definitely deserves props for pulling cities together in common cause to achieve the Kyoto Protocol. However, Nickels has a huge blind spot in his own city: actually reducing …

Climate & Energy

Arid Extra Dry

Desertification will be big bummer for hundreds of thousands worldwide Hundreds of thousands of people — some of them the world’s poorest — will be displaced in the next 30 years as the globe’s deserts expand, according to the latest …