Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard was previously Grist's political reporter. She now covers energy and the environment for The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter.

Also, people who sell deodorant will make more money

Thanks for the observation, Washington Post

Today’s “I’m a journalist and I’m objective, here let me prove it to you!” gem of the day, nestled in an otherwise relevant and interesting Washington Post article on the costs of climate change: Some have argued that the effects of global warming will be positive as well as negative, and Frumhoff acknowledged that there would be some winners in a warmer Northeast. Farmers, for instance, would have a longer growing season, and residents in more northern areas might use less fuel to keep warm in the winter. (h/t: Wonkette)

The wind and the William

Malawian man powers village with a $16 windmill

A great story via Inhabitat: With all the sobering news lately about global warming and war, it’s important to remember all the positive things that are also going on in the world at any given time. Case in point: the story of intrepid Malawi youth William Kamkwamba who, despite having no education or training, recently engineered and built a windmill that powers his entire village. It’s certainly the most inspiring story we’ve read this month, and we think you’ll agree. After having to drop out of school due to lack of funds, William Kamkwamba from Malawi decided to learn as …

Well, tickle my magic wand

Harry Potter goes green, but what about the rest of the industry?

Ahhh, books. They’re like websites on paper, from what I gather. We wrote a while back about Harry Potter going green for the last installment of the series, with two-thirds of the 16,700 tons of paper coming from timber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Scholastic, the publisher, is also using 30 percent recycled fiber for the cover, and the “deluxe edition” is going to be printed on 100 percent recycled paper in a renewable-energy-powered factory. The book comes out next week (in 10 days, to be exact — I mean, or so we hear from you know, kids and …

Here's a green Ditty for ya

More green musicians

We’ve gotten tons of emails from people who are all like “Why didn’t my fav band make your ‘15 Green Musicians and Bands‘ list, yo?” Most of them are just sorta self-righteous and annoying. But today we got one from the good folks over on Spinner.com that pointed to their own list on the subject, which had some overlap with ours, as well as a few cool additions. Their No. 1 gets extra cool points: The Ditty Bops. As they describe them: To promote their 2006 album ‘Moon Over the Freeway,’ the female folk duo went beyond using eco-friendly biodiesel …

Soap opera

A documentary about a crazed man and his love of soap and humankind

Usually when I roll out of bed and into the shower in the morning, I’m too lethargic to remember to wash between my toes, let alone analyze the prose on my bottle of soap. Which is probably why I never paid attention to the thousand-some-odd words printed all over the Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap bottle. Upon closer, wakeful inspection, those words are frickin’ nuts.   Case in point: “ENJOY ONLY 2 COSMETICS, enough sleep & Dr. Bronner’s ‘Magic Soap’ to clean body-mind-spirit instantly uniting One! All-One!” Which is probably what prompted filmmaker Sara Lamm to find out more about this …

Toyotaing with our hearts

Car company on national tour to pimp hybrids

If you want to learn more about hybrids, or uh, at least Toyota’s take on hybrids, the company is on a “Highway to the Future” national tour to hook some more folks on their line of hybrid cars, talk about alternative fuels, and offer some ideas about reducing your carbon footprint. And as we learned this week, you can get them up to 100 miles per hour, if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, they’re quickly becoming the biggest status symbol on the block, for whatever that’s worth. And for the other Brokeasses out there who fantasize about Priuses …

E.O. Wilson on Bill Moyers Journal this week

Check it out

On Friday, Bill Moyers profiles E.O. Wilson on the latest edition of “Bill Moyers Journal.” (The show is his new spot on PBS that started airing in late April, and happens to have the same name as his old show that stopped running in 1981.) Moyers talks to Wilson about subjects ranging from his work cataloging every living creature on earth to religion to his vision for facing climate change. Check out a preview: The show also includes an update on the work of the Earth Conservation Corps, a group of young adults who grew up along the Anacostia River …

If a website pats itself on the back in the forest and there's nobody there to hear it, does it make

Grist in NYT

How did we neglect to shamelessly self-promote mention that Grist honcho Chuck Gilla got some props in Sunday’s New York Times?

Mind your (fo)odometer

Check out a new video on food miles from The Nation: You can also check out the accompanying article here.

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