Sarah Laskow

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

Oil

Your best new argument against tar-sands mining: George W. Bush supports it

There are a lot of good arguments for opposing oil-sands development and the Keystone XL pipeline. But just today two more very excellent ones emerged. One involves science. The other involves George W. Bush.

Animals

Surrogate-mom housecat gives birth to endangered kitten

The African black-footed cat is one of the world's smallest felines -- and there are only 40 in captivity worldwide.

Critical List: Oil sands carbon footprint revised upwards; new frog discovered in NYC

Oil sands have an even higher carbon footprint than previously thought: No one was counting carbon released when the drilling operations destroy peatlands. In 2011, solar installers put in twice as many solar panels as …

Biking

In New York City, stealing a bike is easy

If a bike gets stolen in the middle of New York City, does it make it a sound? With his own bike, a bunch of doomed locks, and a variety of tools, Casey Neistat (who …

Urban Agriculture

Indoor farm in Brooklyn helps feed hundreds of families

In Bedford-Stuyvesant, an increasingly hip but historically low-income Brooklyn neighborhood, one food pantry is also an indoor farm. The New York Daily News visited the Child Development Support Corporation, where every Thursday morning clients harvest …

Critical List: How red meat will kill you; Bo Obama photobomb

Eating red meat is really, REALLY bad for you, according to a study conducted by cows. I mean researchers at Harvard Medical School. Twin Creeks Technologies can make thin, bendable layers of silicon just 20 …

Living

Instead of hacking the planet, should we hack our babies?

S. Matthew Liao, a philosopher and bioethicist, has some incredible ideas about how to deal with climate change. Instead of resorting to geoengineering, he suggests, why not consider engineering humans to cause less damage to …

Climate Change

Nicaraguan military builds a battalion of climate-change-fighting soldiers

In Nicaragua, the military has a new mission — fighting climate change and, specifically, the illegal loggers that are exacerbating deforestation in the country. The Ecological Battalion’s 580 soldiers are currently engaging in Operation Green …

Critical List: Japan marks Fukushima anniversary; politicians agree fracking causes earthquakes

Japan marked the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster this weekend. The Americans who are paying the highest gas prices live in blue states, so everyone else quit yer bitchin’. Meet ten families who live …

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