Grist staff

Cities

Taxpayers could get stuck with tab for new diesel rules

When the Bush administration wants to gin up some environmental cred, it cites efforts underway to slash diesel emissions by requiring trucking companies to switch to cleaner engines. But the untold story is that it may be the taxpayers — …

Back to the Salt Mines

Desalination Plants Cause Controversy on U.S. Coasts With water sources increasingly under pressure — running low, contaminated, or too costly to transport — some cities on the U.S. coasts are turning to desalination plants to provide their drinking water, eliciting …

Climate & Energy

Liquefied Natural Gas Boom Sparks Safety Worries

The surging popularity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has local communities where LNG terminals are planned worried about safety. Ships carrying five LNG tanks contain as much energy as a nuclear weapon. If even one of the tanks spilled and …

A progressive ranching advocate answers questions

What environmental organization are you affiliated with? The Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Santa Fe, N.M. What’s your job title? Executive director and cofounder. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission …

Food

A safe-food crusader answers questions

What environmental organization are you affiliated with? Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Chapter. What does it do? PSR is a nonprofit educational organization committed to the elimination of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, the achievement of a healthy …

Valley of the Dolls

Silicon Valley Companies Unite to Fight Global Warming A group of major Silicon Valley businesses announced today that they will form a coalition devoted to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Santa Clara County to 20 percent below 1990 levels by …

Politics

GOP pollster says voters want action on clean water

Some like it clean. Polling guru and GOP spinmeister Frank Luntz has uncovered a fact likely to rattle and bewilder some Republicans in Congress: Americans prefer clean water. An emphatic memo [PDF] sent out by the Luntz Research Companies in …

An ecological educator answers questions

What environmental organization are you affiliated with? Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. What does it do? AEI offers higher education that fosters ecological awareness and personal and societal transformation through immersion in a variety of environments …

Readers sound off on Priuses, Nader (yes, again), and more

  Prius: Quiet, but Not Diminutive Re: Hy Jinx Dear Editor: I read the New York Times story about the Toyota Prius at the Oscars before I saw it in the Daily Grist, and I was already annoyed about those …