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.

  • Close encounters of the turd kind

    Traveling toilet warns us about sewage pollution

    Um, ew. American Rivers has a new campaign to raise awareness about sewage contamination in our rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. It involves a talking toilet named “Flushie”:

  • Re-vamp New Hamp(shire)

    Marching for climate action in the Granite State

    Remember all that hubbub about Step it Up? Though we haven’t heard much about it since the successful event back in April, in many communities across America, the momentum continues. As part of the fallout, groups are working to “reenergize” …

  • An interview with the directors of Arctic Tale

    Adam Ravetch gets up close and personal with his subject. Photo: Arctic Bear Productions After the surprise success of March of the Penguins in 2005 — a film about, well, penguins … marching — it’s pretty clear that people like …

  • Solar confusion

    This is a neat concept — a solar water filter — brought to us by reader Zack Scott: But I’m confused. Does this work, say, if I’m lost in the woods and waterless? Does it filter out enough of the …

  • Can't see the trees for the forest

    Park Service hacks down some trees in Pa.

    This is sorta effed. The National Park Service is cutting down hundreds of acres of trees on the Gettysburg Battlefield to restore historical accuracy. From NBC News in Pennsylvania: The National Park Service is starting another phase of its efforts …

  • Global-warming-themed game now online

    A new video game teaches users about saving the planet is coming on the market, and you can try it out for free first. Check out Global Warning, a new game from Midori Tech. Here’s what happens: A dump company …

  • Harry Potter is way greener than your average book

    I wrote last week about Harry Potter going green in the seventh and final installation of the series. Turns out, it’s even greener than we thought. It might just be the greenest book of all time [PDF] (except for all …

  • The incredible shrinking American

    Could our neglect of health and the environment be making us shorter? According to recent studies, chaps in Holland are an average of two inches taller than American men these days, whereas in the 19th century, our lads towered an …

  • What global warming could do to national parks

    The National Parks Conservation Association released a new report last week, “Unnatural Disaster” (PDF), which explores the impact of global warming on national parks, and as you’d expect, the news is pretty grim. From the intro: The gradual, accelerated warming …