Russ Walker

Russ Walker is a former editor.

Big Ag Wins!

Peterson gets his way with climate and energy bill

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Tuesday surrendered to agriculture interests on a key provision in the massive climate and energy bill he introduced with Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Facing a defection from farm-state Democrats, …

Green Grillz

Taking a bite out of the environment

Phobias are powerful sh*t. Some people really hate bugs, for example. Even consider them torture. Why are these two Gristers smiling? Click here to find outGrist PhotoBut for me, bugs aren’t the worst. If I …

Urine Trouble

If it’s Yellowstone, leave it mellow-stone?

After editing Grist’s recent three-part series on poop, it’s sort of hard to stop thinking about all the bodily waste flowing inexorably out humanity’s gut and into the streams, rivers and oceans of the world. …

Presidential Brain Trust

Science in the planet’s interest

The White House today announced the members of President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. The distinguished group will be co-lead (unsurprisingly) by John Holdren, the president’s top science adviser and an environmental …

'Too Big to Fail'

First day on the job!

It’s hard to tell, but that’s Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford standing atop a construction crane mast as Greenpeace activists display a banner near the State Department in Washington, D.C.Greenpeace / Tim AubryPhil Radford spent …

Guitar Hero?

Taking Neil Young’s latest album out for a spin

In 2006, Neil Young released a powerful political album, “Living With War” — an 11-track screed against the Iraq misadventure and the folly of sending young people off to die in faraway lands. It felt …

History of the Greens, Part I

The secret history of Earth Day

If 40 years of Earth Days have taught us anything, um … While the Earth Day movement has had undeniable successes, critics charge that, uh … Whatever, screw it. Here’s the “real” story (with jokes!): …

MSM Follies

Steven Chu doesn’t talk in sound bites

My oh my, how times have changed. For eight years, Washington was run by a crew that seemed to take delight in not sounding brainy, in being plain-spoken and “common-sensical.” Time after time, you’d see …

In the New Yorker

Eustace Tilley says ‘Screw Earth Day’

Ok, the New Yorker magazine’s cartoon mascot didn’t really say that. The New YorkerBut Elizabeth Kolbert, the magazine’s star journalist covering the climate crisis, has a very interesting essay on Earth Day at the front …

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