Sarah K. Burkhalter

Sarah K. Burkhalter is Grist's project manager.

Down for the count

Be sure to head over to Grist's Counter Culture section, where yours truly has compiled facts and figures about poverty in the United States.

Let the good times roll

Bushies restore forest research funding

Man, journalism is hard! America is addicted to oil -- oh wait, no it isn't. Evangelicals aren't fighting global warming -- oh wait, yes they are. (And by the way, hallelujah!) The Bush administration has …

Hey young eco-folk

Wanna win some money?

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2006 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and …

Iraq and water

You already know basically what I’m going to say, don’t you?

Well, nothing to report on water quality in the U.S. -- all is hunky-dory these days! Good thing, too, because our energies are elsewhere, restoring what we destroyed doing improvement projects in Iraq. Hey, how's …

The prince and the CEO

Wal-Mart boss gets some tips from the Prince of Wales

Here is a story about Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott seeking greenie advice from the Prince of Wales. Any attempt on my part to summarize the tale wouldn't be nearly as good as the article itself, …

River Gym

Concept gym floats on the Hudson River.

In response to the "silly question" asked of Umbra about human-powered gyms, alert reader Erin B. directed us to architectural visionary Mitchell Joaquim. Enter the Human-Powered River Gym For New York City, the name of …

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

EPA set to test toxics on humans.

This NRDC press release is vague but ominous: More humans are about to become lab rats for the pesticide industry, according to a leaked copy of a rule due to be finalized by the U.S. …

Earth in 2050

An assessment.

The UN's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was completed by 1,360 researchers from 95 countries and published last year; a five-volume coda has just been published that "outlines four plausible ways the planet could develop politically, economically, …

Drought in Africa

People, animals at risk of famine.

In case you weren't aware ... Drought is causing crisis conditions in East Africa, leaving millions hungry in Kenya, Somalia, and bordering countries. Sudanese herders have driven livestock into a Ugandan wildlife reserve in an …