Todd Hymas Samkara

Todd Hymas Samkara is Grist's assistant editor.

Barack's economic policy speech in Wisconsin

Obama lauds green jobs and clean tech in economy speech

Photo: Sam Graham-Felsen In a speech on Wednesday at a GM auto plant in Wisconsin, Barack Obama outlined his economic agenda for the country. He described his stimulus plan, promising to boost green jobs, help …

Answering the college

Focus the Nation events to heat up campuses across the U.S.

Focus the Nation, a series of climate-change-focused educational events on over 1,000 campuses across the United States, is basically the student-centered cousin of Step It Up. And if you were one of the thousands who …

Move Thyself: Flying objects edition

Watch out for that flaming bag of McNuggets

I'm so spoiled now that I live in bike-path-licious Boulder, Colorado. I hardly have to interact with cars anymore when cycling to most points in the city. But just a few weeks ago, before I …

Like a spam filter for your mailbox

Knock that junk off

Washington state is one of a half dozen states considering legislation this year to create a "do not mail" list for residents, similar to the feds' popular "do not call" registry. And like the telemarketing …

Move Thyself: A roundup of pedal-powered news in the new year

A pedal-tastic roundup

On a personal new year's note, I can't help but mention the only-months-old but hopelessly addictive new habit I know I'll be nursing throughout the year: mountain biking at night. No idea why I only …

Move Thyself: Elections put bike-friendly reps in charge of key committees

Will it propel cycle-happy legislation?

While not quite a full-on velorution (there must be silent throngs out there waiting to usher in a full-on velorution, I'm sure of it -- bike-guard party, wherefore art thou?), this month's midterm elections in …

'Eco-terrorism': House and Senate pass bill aimed at further criminalizing animal-rights actions

Hope you weren’t planning a protest

If there's one creature that animal-rights activists should not try to save (and should instead attempt to quietly euthanize), it's a lame duck. The House of Representatives on Monday passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, …

Move Thyself: A roundup of recent pedal-powered news

Wacky and weird

The Schwinn-Shank Redemption While the use of prison labor is questionable in any context, about 20 inmates in a South Dakota state penitentiary are reportedly happy to be taking part in a program that puts …

Move Thyself: “Kingdom of bicycles” experiencing identity crisis

So, in case you haven't heard, China's economy has been growing a wee bit. The boom has fueled growth in incomes and is largely responsible for the attendant explosive growth in auto sales and use. …