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Don’t worry about that oil spill, congressman says — we’ve got duct tape

The Republican from Louisiana, who went to the same engineering school as Wile E. Coyote, went on to talk about his plan to patch the Titanic with bubble gum.


Ask Umbra: Are dogs born to poop wild?

A reader wonders if he can leave his pup's poop on the nature trail. Umbra digs up the evidence.


That time Lyndon Johnson made a killer case against unbridled growth

Fifty years ago, LBJ gave an amazing speech arguing that America shouldn't pursue economic growth but rather community, nature, leisure time, and happiness.

Climate & Energy

Meet me in New York in September, says Bill McKibben — time for a big march and a coalition of green groups plan a mass September protest in NYC -- just in time for a big U.N. climate conclave.


Why do you have to walk a mile to cross these streets?

In Burlington, Mass., you have to walk 1.2 miles to find a crosswalk between the mall and the movie theater, even though they’re right across the street.

Climate & Energy

The Himalaya shows off how fast it can melt, too

Not wanting to get left behind its bigger bros in the global melt, the "third pole" has also been shedding its icy stocks.

Thanks a ton! Plus, more mortifying Grist staff photos

With your help, Grist celebrated our 15th birthday by raising $70,000 in just 15 days.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what to expect from Obama’s big new climate rules

The Obama administration is on the verge of taking its biggest-ever step to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate & Energy

Yes Men fool college students into thinking their school divested from fossil fuels

Seeing that Reed College has invested $5.4 million in cutting its carbon emissions, divestment is a logical next step. Too bad it's not true (yet).

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