Ted Alvarez

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Winter's Boner

We are literally breaking polar bear penises now

It seems we shall spare the polar bear no indignity: PCB pollution is weakening the species' penis bone.

You Gonna Finish That?

Picky eaters — like penguins and my cousin Jables — could starve under climate change

Specialist eaters like chinstrap penguins could face species-ending food shortages, while generalists like gentoo penguins thrive.

Cool Whirl

See your new favorite parts of Earth (and Middle-earth) in 4 minutes

You'll never need to board a carbon-spewing plane again.

may the eyes have it!

The Senate will vote to decide if climate change is real

Other things Senate to vote on the existence of: time, the moon, vegetables, Jean Claude Van Damme.

Baked Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska, is so hot right now

For the first time in recorded history, temps in Anchorage didn't drop below zero all year. Alaskans are freaked out.

Grist's List

14 for ’14: The most popular Grist stories this year

Grist's most popular stories, captured in a hoary list. Enjoy!

Breast Intentions

The Daily Show reminds us “pink fracking” against breast cancer is the most ridiculous thing ever

Fracking company Baker Hughes painted 1,000 drill bits pink to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Yep: no hypocrisy there.

Can of Wormholes

“Interstellar” solves climate change by incoherently jetting into space

The new Christopher Nolan film starts on a human-ravaged Earth and ends in a black hole. Where does that leave us?

Polishing A Turtle

Why Jon Stewart is excited about Mitch McConnell’s win

With renewable energy facing grim prospects in a GOP-controlled Congress, The Daily Show's hot silver fox has one weird trick to make it alright.