Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a reporter based in New York City who covers environment, energy, and sustainability issues, among other things.


This guy runs the Fight Club of libraries outside his front door

For more than a decade, Hernando Guanlao, of Manila, has run the Fight Club of reading out of his home library. The BBC reports: The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want — even permanently. As Guanlao says: “The only rule is that there are no rules.” He started with 100 books, which he stuck outside his door with an open invitation to borrow. Now he has more than 2,000 or so books. People certainly must keep one they like or forget to bring them back. But they also …


If you are good at running, it can be faster than taking the subway

Still, we are going to vote for keeping the subway.


Here is the future: GIGANTIC cities with HUGE skyscrapers

We at Grist List have taken out the crystal ball that our aunt gave us in third grade and found that it actually sees into the future. And we are here to tell you: The future is pretty intense. Because cities are giant. And skyscrapers are HUGE. Actually, our crystal ball is called Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in which Yale professor Karen Seto just published a study about the future of cities. Bryan Walsh reports at Time: Seto and her co-authors calculate that between now and 2030, urban areas will expand by more than 463,000 sq. mi. …


The world’s largest vertical garden is as long as a city block

At 13,595 square feet, the world's largest vertical garden is definitely bigger than your piddly window box -- think more like “hotel ballroom.”

Business & Technology

Meet the only person who made money off the drought

Renee Haugerud is a farmer's daughter, but she's also the founder of a fancy New York hedge fund. These two attributes have made her basically the only person in the country to have come out ahead from this summer's terrible drought.

The prettiest road spill you’ll ever see

Paint spilled all over the highway outside of Manaus, Brazil


This awesome lady scientist explains microorganisms to geeky chefs

There's a friendly lady microbiologist at Harvard named Rachel Dutton who is willing to field chefs' inquiries about their fermented creations.

Business & Technology

These wind turbines were modeled after stegosauri

Generally, gigantic engineering companies don’t truck with whimsy. But Siemens, which makes many of the wind turbines popping up on horizons around the world, has created a suite of new products that makes turbines more powerful and is inspired by dinosaurs. It’s like something a 5-year-old thought up, but better.


Ingredient-delivery services let you make ‘home-cooked’ food without picking up a knife

For those who crave a home-cooked meal but find the process of making food entirely from scratch … unnecessary, new services are springing up to combine the benefits of delivery and home-cooking, all in one neatly tied package. In D.C., for instance: The food comes wrapped in a box with twine, and each ingredient has its own container: A salad of grape tomatoes, red onion, and organic blue cheese are already mixed together with balsamic and olive oil on the side. The raw flank steak is cut and marinated in a plastic Ziploc bag. The potatoes come whole with a …

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