Sarah Laskow

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

Going solar doesn’t mean you’re some weird pickler guy, say new ads

SunRun, a solar leasing company, has a handful of funny ads out.

Critical List: Antarctic ice sheets’ soft underbellies; monkey sets traps

The undersides of Antarctic ice sheets, thought to be fairly safe for now, are melting. Robert Abbey, the head of the Bureau of Land Management, …

Climate Change

Climate change could help untreatable viral disease spread in New York City

Climate change could help bring a viral disease called chikungunya to New York City. And if you live there, you miiiight want to get a …

Pollution

Cows cause as much smog in L.A. as cars do

L.A. gets a bad rap for its car culture. But it turns out that Americans’ addiction to milk, cheese, and other delicious dairy products plays …

Critical List: Head of ARPA-E resigns; Tim DeChristopher appeals his conviction

Arun Majumdar, the head of ARPA-E, the energy equivalent of DARPA, is stepping down next month. Today, Tim DeChristopher is appealing his conviction for disrupting …

Cities

Jane addiction: Can one humble city-lover be all things to all people?

There are infinite ways to interpret Jane Jacobs’ legacy. Well, 580, at least.

Climate & Energy

New interactive book could explain everything anyone needs to know about energy

The Kickstarter video for The WATT? An Energy 101 Primer does a good job of explaining why, exactly, people should care about energy: Energy is …

Cities

Dutch ‘Repair Cafes’ keep stuff out of the trash by fixing it for free

In the Netherlands, there are more than 30 "Repair Cafes" -- groups that meet once or twice a month to repair clothes and gizmos and tools that might otherwise be discarded.

Critical List: Canada will fall short of emissions goal; people hate smart meters

Props to Canada for setting an actual carbon emissions goal. Too bad there’s almost no way they’re going to meet it. The World Bank is …