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Ask Umbra: Is “canned air” bad for the planet?

A reader threatens to use an air duster to clean her office. "Drop the spray can and step away from the computer," says Umbra. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Grist Test Kitchen

Foraged fruit leather is like a Fruit Roll-Up, only with fruit in it

We teach you how to make these treats using little more than foraged berries and the dashboard of your car.

sharey stories

U.S. bikeshares have killed a shocking number of people

Roughly 23 million bikeshare rides have been taken since 2007, but no one has died and accident rates are low, according to experts.

Climate & Energy

Fracking operations get even closer to drinking water sources than we thought

A new study reports that oil and gas companies frack at much shallower depths than they want you to know -- and much closer to water you might want to drink some day.

Climate & Energy

Ants will save the world! Wait, ants?

Ants might be able to speed up carbon dioxide absorption in rocks. Is this a viable way to fight global warming?

Business & Technology

Tesla is becoming the 800-pound green jobs gorilla

As states vie for the automaker's new battery factory, it is being showered with tax breaks -- and California is even considering waiving environmental rules.

Game Theory

When climate disaster strikes, just hit the reset button

Video games like the eerie "Mountain" can help explain climate change. But can they make us act before it's game over for real?

Food

Soy vey! Monsanto just lost its GM permit in the Yucatán

A judge in Mexico has ruled that genetically modified soy presents a danger to bees -- and also to the honey industry.

Rather than killing sharks, this town moves them away from human-infested waters

Recife, Brazil, has taken a shockingly non-hysterical approach to reducing shark attacks. Fly fishers everywhere call it catch-and-release.

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