Sarah Laskow

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

Critical List: Lucy Lawless occupies oil ship; Maine fisherman catches child-sized lobster

Lucy Lawless, best known for her role as Xena, Warrior Princess, teamed up with Greenpeace to occupy an oil drilling ship. The panel on Morning Joe posited that environmentalists think the alternative to fossil fuel …

Climate Change

The sky is falling! (No, really.)

This is not a joke: The sky is falling. Or technically, the height of clouds, the average of which decreased about 1 percent from 2000 to 2010. Researchers at the University of Auckland, who collected …

Energy Efficiency

High school boys record green rap video

Man, this video really induces high school flashbacks. A group of seniors at Atlanta’s Marist School created it as part of the Green School Alliance’s Green Cup Challenge. These fine, upstanding young fellas won the …

Critical List: Selenium dumping gives fish two heads; Germany to cut solar subsidies

A mining company in Idaho wants to keep dumping selenium into local creeks, even after its scientific study turned up these two-headed trout and other deformed fish. A judge found BP liable for civil damages …

Food

Test tube burger will cost more than $331,000 to produce

Sometime later this year, a yet-to-be-named guinea pig very lucky culinary pioneer will take the first bite of the first hamburger grown in a lab. At that point, the cost of making that burger will have …

Cities

Ultimate tiny house is suspended 40 feet in the air

Via the Dish, this art installation in downtown San Francisco is the ultimate tiny house. It’s seven by eight by 11 feet, and it’s suspended 40 feet in the air. Plus, it’s recycled AND green: …

Critical List: Court upholds local fracking ban; New York could ban shark fin sales

A New York state court upheld the town of Dryden’s ban on fracking. Republicans are trying to pin rising gas prices on President Obama. Apple could allow independent environmental reviews of two factories in China. …

Climate Change

Prove climate change doesn’t exist, get an awesome gun

Todd Tanner will give you his gun when you pry it from his cold, convinced-of-the-nonexistence-of-climate-change hands. Tanner, the chair of the new group Conservation Hawks — sportsmen (i.e. hunters) who don’t want climate change to …

Politics

Peter Gleick: Hero or moral moron?

Scientist Peter Gleick came forward to admit he first obtained the documents revealing the inner workings of the climate-denying Heartland Institute. Was he Goofus or Gallant? Here's a sampling of arguments on either side.

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