Sarah Laskow

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

Food Safety

Ew! Eyeless shrimp and deformed fish now routinely caught in the Gulf

Ok, this is gross. The shrimp coming out of the Gulf of Mexico two years after the BP spill have some seriously nasty stuff wrong with them. They are lacking in eyes. Their gills are full of junked up black stuff. (Not normal!) They have lesions. And yet they are making their way into grocery stores! The picture above is of a shrimp that was being sold to be eaten for dinner. Now, I don’t personally spend a lot of time looking at the insides of raw shrimp and fish and crabs. But Al Jazeera did an in-depth report on …

Politics

Power Shift turns Bank of America ATMs into truth-dispensing machines

Activists forced ATM users to think twice about what they were really supporting by banking with Bank of America.

Critical List: More droughts and floods coming; Koch super PAC hits Obama on green energy

The earth’s water cycle is speeding up twice as fast as climate models predicted, which means more droughts and more floods. The Kochs’ super PAC spent $6.1 million — more money than it’s ever spent before on a single ad — on this ad criticizing the president’s green energy spending. Now Peru has a domestic climate change policy. Soon it’ll just be the U.S. holding out. In Africa, foreign investors have bought up land of an area the size of Kenya.

Transportation

4 out of 5 top transit cities are on the East Coast

Walk Score put together a list of the country’s top transit cities, based on the company’s transit scores for more 1 million locations in the largest 25 cities with open public transit data. (Lack of data meant Atlanta and Phoenix were left out.) And, surprisingly, four out of the top five are on the East Coast: New York (No. 1), Boston (No. 3), D.C. (No. 4), and Philadelphia (No. 5). San Francisco (of course!) is the one West Coast spoiler. (You can check out the full list is below the jump.) I was surprised to see Boston and, in particular, …

Industrial Agriculture

Hungry bacteria help make bugs resistant to pesticides

Use pesticides on a field for long enough and the bugs that you’re supposed to be defeating will adapt. But you know what adapts faster than bugs? Bacteria. They can run through multiple generations in a day or so, and a new study shows that when bugs team up with a certain pesticide-loving bacteria, the bugs, too, can develop resistance to pesticides incredibly quickly.

Politics

Creepy video: Enviros HATE AMERICA

Conservatives really do see environmentalists as the enemy: This insinuating, creepy video has 1 million hits on YouTube, because everyone knows that environmentalists HATE AMERICA. It’s actually too painful to watch, so if you didn’t make it through the whole thing, know that this is what environmentalists are guilty of: 

Critical List: A blueprint for a ‘bioeconomy'; urban chicken retirement

The Obama administration is going to release a blueprint for a “bioeconomy” — an idea that includes renewable energy and biological manufacturing. Here is what conservatives think about energy and the environment, for real. Apparently environmentalists want America to suffer, to follow not lead … TO FAIL. Watch this video to get angry. China’s reaching out to the U.S., Japan, and Europe about potential partnerships on rare earth mining projects. Feeding the world without destroying it will require organic and conventional farming methods, according to a new report.

Living

New SUV sales technique: Add a little Posh Spice

In this age of high gas prices, auto executives have caught on that the only way to sell people on a gas-guzzling SUV is … hey, look over there! It's a Spice Girl!

Oil

Ex-BP employee deleted 300 texts about oil spill’s true size

The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against an engineer who deleted messages containing sensitive information about the extent of the spill, just before lawyers were going to collect that sort of information from him.

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