Holly Richmond

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Urbanism

Tell Grist: What’s your favorite green hot spot in Portland?

You know you love it.Photo: megaulYo Portlandia! We’re compiling a guide to the perfect green Portland weekend and we need your help! So you have an out-of-town visitor — where do you take ’em for great local food or beer? …

Scary Food

Lady Gaga’s boyfriend writes binge-drinking health book ‘The Drunk Diet’

You and me could write a bad fromage.Photo: Drunk Diet Beer for breakfast! Lord Gaga (real name: Lüc Carl) lost 40 pounds by binge-drinking — and his sound weight-loss tips will be featured in forthcoming book The Drunk Diet, reports …

Green Home

Silly science: Animals make friends too

As anyone with cats already knows, animals can be buddies. Now scientists have caught up with the rest of us: “At least five types of animals maintain relationships that are comparable to human friendships,” says Discovery News. So which animals …

Sustainable Food

Bad food makes kids dumber, study says

Look, ma! No nutrients!Photo: Amanda WestmontA new study says 3-year-olds who mostly eat processed foods have lower IQs five years later. (So Pop-Tarts and Sunny-D are why we’re “falling behind” China in math and science?) The study, cited in The …

Green Living Tips

TreeShagger: Do all green dating sites suck?

Computer love.Photo: Jeremy BrooksWelcome to TreeShagger, our new column on green dating. If you’ve got green dating questions, send ’em our way! The internet wants to help you find love. One in five newly committed couples met through a dating …

Living

6 things you didn’t know about condoms

Rock and unroll.Photo: OhMiBod It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: time to gird your loins. Here are some wacky prophylactic facts to get you excited (ahem) about condoms, if the whole “prevent kids and the spread …

Climate & Energy

Climate refugees star in Oscar-nominated ‘Sun Come Up’ [VIDEO]

Photo: Sun Come Up If you’re tracking this year’s green Oscar nominees, another one to watch is Sun Come Up — which could really be titled Water Come Up because it’s about rising sea levels. Filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn tells the …

Climate & Energy

Crematorium to heat U.K. swimming pool

An angel just got its water wings.Photo: Tommy KlumkerA town near London plans to warm its new sports center and public pool with heat from a nearby crematorium. It could save the town $100,000 as well as boost its environmental …

Climate & Energy

Groundhog Day and climate change: sucky weather for Punxsutawney Phil

We’ll get a tiny shovel for you, Phil.Photo: alemaxaleUpdate: Phil didn’t see his shadow, so supposedly we’re in for a short winter. Thanks, climate change! “Groundhog Day is a lot like a rock concert, but the people are better behaved …