Sara Bernard

Sara Bernard is a Grist fellow, wilderness junkie, and globetrotter. Follow her on Twitter.

Climate & Energy

Mississippi utility must repay $281M for illegally financing “clean coal”

The state supreme court ruled that Mississippi Power "exceeded its authority" when it raised electricity rates for 186,000 households to fund a controversial, $6.17 billion power plant.

Climate & Energy

In rural Mississippi, the future of coal looks a lot like its past

21st century technology promises to turn a dirty fuel in to green energy. But at $6.1 billion and counting, the dream of "clean coal" is still out of reach.

Climate & Energy

We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn’t add up

Is carbon capture and sequestration a net win for the climate? That depends on how you crunch the numbers.


Seattle to shame residents for throwing away food

The city will shame and fine residents for putting compostable food in the trash bin.

Saving private ryan's energy usage

When it comes to efficiency, U.S. military soldiers on

The military is trying to shift the habits, routines, and practices of individual service members.


Outfit so last year? Compost it

Eco-clothing brand Freitag wants you to feed your plants with its pants.


Even Hello Kitty is getting into sustainable food

The cartoon cat moves on from homemaking and Ferris wheel-riding to start her own wildly popular organic farm in Hong Kong.

Climate & Energy

America sucks at recycling, so we’re burning trash again

Waste-to-energy plants promise to turn garbage into electricity. Too bad they're dirty and expensive.


This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates

Maya Penn is an eco-fashion designer, children’s book author, artist, animator, coder, public speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmentalist. So, you know, don't feel bad about your life or anything.

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