Grist staff

Tim McCormick, public transit evangelist, answers questions

What environmental organization are you affiliated with? I’m planning manager at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. It provides public transit for the state of Rhode Island. What do you really do, on a day-to-day basis? My job is really …

Sprawl the Right Moves

Urban Planner Seeks New Vocabulary to Describe Sprawl Delores Hayden, a Yale professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies, found herself struggling when she tried to describe the characteristic features of the sprawling suburbs surrounding American cities — features that …

Politics

Frist sides with right-wingers to stymie widely supported sea treaty

How’s this for a once-in-a-blue-moon scenario? Six major environmental groups endorse a sweeping international treaty strongly supported by the American Petroleum Institute and other industry groups. Do you sea what I sea? Photo: NOAA. On May 12, top dogs from …

It’s the Real Thing

Climate Experts Say Global Warming Is Really, Really Real — Really A group of 10 leading U.S. climate researchers expressed frustration yesterday that despite overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is already underway, U.S. policy makers continue to dither and …

Ben Cohen, ice cream maven and TrueMajority founder, answers questions

With what organizations are you affiliated? I work with Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, TrueMajority.org, and TrueMajorityACTION.org. What do your organizations do? BLSP is a group of more than 500 business leaders in the U.S. who are committed to focusing …

Rue the Day

Paris May Ban SUVs From City Streets Parisian officials have determined that SUVs are no longer in vogue. The left-leaning city council yesterday passed a resolution that urges the capital’s Socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, to effectively ban the bulky four-wheel-drive …

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 help transform struggling, low-income neighborhoods …

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 supplies straight from the Tigris …

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 that many environmental concerns are …