Yolanda Crous

Yolanda Crous is a Grist contributing writer based in Santa Barbara, Calif.

  • It's a system, stupid

    Reductionist science is killing us

    In my grad program, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren’s IPAT equation. It’s pretty simple: Impact = Population x Environment English translation: A society’s environmental impact is proportional to its population, its wealth, …

  • Paparazzi: 1. SUV-Driving Stars: 0.

    Jeremy Piven gets caught out

    I admit it — the vestigial high school girl in me loves celebrity gossip. Still, I can’t help but cringe in sympathy every time the tabloids metaphorically draw and quarter some poor, stylistically challenged starlet for mismatching her bag and …

  • Everybody's doing it

    No, not that

    Talking about climate change, that is. More evidence that it’s the hot political topic of the moment — even the muckety-mucks at Davos are all abuzz over greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Sunshine in a jar

    No, really

    Um … literally. Come to think of it, this little gizmo (scroll to the bottom of the page) might just come in handy during my nightly 3 a.m. stumble to the bathroom.

  • Speaking of the Oscars ...

    Happy Feet is a travesty

    While we’re on the topic of Oscar travesties, how about that Best Animated Feature nod for Happy Feet? Don’t get me wrong, I’m psyched that two movies with obvious environmental themes are up for big awards (can’t wait for Ellen’s …

  • The Greenish Globes

    Golden Globe partiers go green

    Tonight, you watched a herd of mildly to wildly intoxicated beautiful people congratulating themselves on their artistry, but take heart. At least a small group of them continued the self-celebration responsibly at the “Greenest Party on Earth,” sponsored by the …

  • Geniosity

    In which I finally come around to this whole video pod idea

    I’ve mostly resisted the siren call of viewer-created video content. (One of the most-watched files on YouTube this month was of a guy sledgehammering a PS3 in front of a Best Buy. Really, America? Really?) And then Thursday night I …

  • Fill 'Er Up: On biofuels

    An interview with Mary Beth Stanek, General Motors energy director

    Trucks with a green hue? GM is in heaven. What a difference three bucks a gallon makes. In the past year, General Motors has rallied state and federal support to get more E85 (an 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline …

  • Fill 'Er Up: On biofuels

    An interview with Missouri farmer and ethanol co-op member Brian Miles

    Cultivating change? Photo: iStockphoto Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, Brian Miles spends his days working the family farm. Unlike his forebears, however, he also sits on the board of Mid-Missouri Energy, a farmer-owned ethanol cooperative in Malta …