Ted Alvarez

Ted Alvarez is Grist's managing editor. Follow him @tedster.

Green Screen

Mad Max: Fury Road may be the Anthropocene at its worst — but it makes for pretty sick cinema

In Mad Max: Fury Road, humanity has done the irrevocable damage it had long been warned about, and now lives out its final days in mayhem.

ticked off

Ticks are spreading — and so is Lyme disease

Warming temperatures expand the range of ticks, lengthen the season, and increase the chances of one giving you Lyme disease. Shudder.

the Bear Bones Approach

Watch John Oliver introduce our obscene new Earth Day mascot

John Oliver proposes a new mascot for Earth Day we can all get behind: Marshmallow, the polar bear with a broken penis.

Wolf of Whale Street

Leo DiCaprio gives $50K to help Adrian Grenier find the “Loneliest Whale”

With a big push from noted ocean lover Leo DiCaprio, Adrian Grenier will film his search for the most solitary cetacean in the Pacific.

Sorry, Sardines

Pacific sardines are crashing — bad news for whales and my salad

Your grandpa's favorite fish (and mine) can't support a West Coast fishery — or all the charismatic megafauna -- that rely on them.

the early bear gets the warm

Yellowstone’s grizzlies have officially given up on winter

It's so warm that the park's famous grizzlies are coming out of hibernation earlier than ever before.

Wave Hello

Please look at these beautiful waves, because the ocean is awesome

When the seas inevitably rise to swallow civilization as we know it, at least it'll be f*cking gorgeous.

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.