Ted Alvarez

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Sea otters, who already had us at hello, will now help clean up the ocean

Sea otters returning to California estuaries are countering our nitrogen runoff, restoring sea grass ecosystems, and boosting marine cuteness by 400 percent. Squee!

Climate & Energy

Heat-related disasters? There’s a map for that

Help us track the summer's extreme heat and weather incidents with this magical map we made in like a day.


This is the weirdest bike safety video you’ll ever watch

Norway's Share the Road campaign kicks off with a bizarre video. Make sure and wait for the M. Night Shyamalan-worthy twist ending.

CO2 crosses dreaded 400 ppm milestone, and science is very disappointed in you

As predicted, human activities finally push carbon dioxide levels to a 3-million-year high. Climate scientists throw up their hands in exasperation.


Happy now? If not, author Gretchen Rubin has tips for you

Best-selling writer and joy genius Gretchen Rubin talks about how personal moves toward a happier life can lead to a better, healthier planet for everybody.


It’s official: Just the taste of beer makes your brain happy

Finally, proof that beer equals delicious joy.

How greens can stay happy, without drugs

This will surprise and shock you: It is sometimes hard to stay positive and be an environmentalist.

Climate & Energy

Exxon revolutionizes energy by delivering it straight to your face

ExxonMobil puts energy in your lawn, on water, on birds, and in your pants so you'll never have to go without.


How to survive election-day insanity

Election Day is here, and it's all over but the shouting -- and the boozing, and the eating, and the recounts, etc. Here's how Grist readers plan to survive the night.

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