Sarah Laskow

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

Living

The mother of all rides: Biking across America on the old Route 66

In "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” Now this long-abandoned cross-country byway gets a second life as an epic bike touring highway.

Food

The best rant about healthy eating that you will ever read

Until recently, we had not come across Erica Strauss or her work. But we wish we had. We wish we knew her. In fact, we wish she would have dinner with us.

Business & Technology

Disney’s building France an eco-retreat and we’re jealous

America and Europe may both be full of privileged white people, but nobody would mistake them for being culturally interchangeable. Case in point: In America, Disney makes amusement parks that are better than real life and that allow us to stuff ourselves silly while hanging out with plush versions of our imaginary cartoon friends. In Europe, Disney makes nature parks that are better than real life and that allow Europeans to get a ruddy glow of health in their cheeks as they bike, hike, and enjoy geothermal-heated water rides.

Cities

These trees on wheels double as wifi hotspots

It doesn’t seem fair that car-owning people can use parking spots (or rent them at extremely low rates) to store their cars, but the car-free don’t get to use them to store our stuff. We have 50 cents, and we live here too! Fortunately, Milanese designer Matteo Cibic has found an easy way for the car-free to share this public space: We can use it to park our wifi hotspot trees on wheels. Cibic wanted his neighborhood to have more trees. And he wanted to rent a parking space in order to install them. But since we’re talking renting, not …

Business & Technology

One latte uses as much carbon as an entire year of dicking around on Facebook

As guilty pleasures go, Grist List is officially endorsing Facebook, and not just because it’s great for us when you share our funny-awesome-holyshit-cool stories with all your friends and they click on our site and hooray! No, it’s not our self-interest but our love for the planet that is motivating this endorsement. Because of the two guilty pleasures we’re willing to bet that many of you are indulging in right now — Facebook and a delicious latte — Facebook is the carbon equivalent of a carrot stick and some hummus, and the latte is the equivalent of a gigantic, juicy …

Climate & Energy

The world’s about to get its first entirely solar-powered country

By next week, the tiny island nation Tokelau will be the first solar-powered country in the world.

Living

What to do when an elephant crashes your pool party

How cool would it be to catch an elephant wandering up to your pool and checking out the scene? And how terrifying would it be if you were actually in the pool, the size of which would not accommodate both you and the elephant? You know these guys are thinking: “HOLY SHIT. THIS IS AWESOME. IF IT DOES A CANNONBALL IN, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE.”

Living

Here’s a tiny greenhouse for your tiny home

There’s no reason that your tiny house should mean you have to sacrifice the luxuries that make great spaces. May we recommend this tiny greenhouse to go in your tiny house?

Pollution

The Pacific Ocean is becoming caffeinated

While the concentrations aren't exactly espresso-level, it's still cause for concern.

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