Grist staff

An urban advocate answers questions

With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I’m executive director of Urban Ecology, Inc. What does your organization do? The five-second elevator speech goes like this: “We offer pro-bono land-use planning and policy advocacy to …

War in the Time of Cholera

Baghdad Residents Suffer from Polluted Water As if the chaos and violence weren’t enough to bear, millions of Baghdad residents also lack a reliable source of clean water. Some have no choice but to get …

To the Manner Bjorn

Lomborg Meeting Downplays Importance of Climate Change Bjorn Lomborg is vexing enviros once again. The Danish contrarian — who generated heaps of controversy a few years ago with his book The Skeptical Environmentalist, which argued …

A rabble-rousing conservationist answers questions

With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I currently spend 30 hours a week directing the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign (NPLGC), 5 hours a week advising Alternatives to Growth Oregon (AGO), and 15 hours …

Readers sound off on gas taxing, cow poop, and more

  A Real Beal Feel Re: Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now Dear Editor: Deron Beal here, founder guy of the Freecycle Network. I’ve read a whole lot of articles about …

An eco-focused artist and educator answers questions

What work do you do? I am an artist, art teacher, art therapist, and writer, all dealing with a concern for the fate of the earth. I am a contributing member of many national environmental …

Organics program weakened under Bush administration changes, activists say

The Bush administration is giving Americans new reason to watch what they eat — and it’s got nothing to do with carbs. Sealed with a hiss? Over the course of 10 days in mid-April, the …

A progressive media honcho answers questions

What work do you do? I’m the editor of The Progressive magazine and the director of the Progressive Media Project. I am also the host of a half-hour weekly radio show unimaginatively called Progressive Radio, …

Taking the LEED

Green Landscaping and Building Catches on in Cities Here at Grist, our unflagging good humor is bulletproof, but we imagine less-medicated enviros need the occasional boost. The place to get one, strangely enough, might just …