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College students design home with $2 energy bills

It's not a solar panel attached to a shoebox, either -- it's a three-bedroom, 1,925-square-foot craftsman-style house.

Climate & Energy

Stephen Colbert’s refreshing solution for fighting climate change

Stephen Colbert has a surprisingly simple suggestion for dealing with apocalyptic climate change.


How apps are helping small farmers bring you better coffee

Rewarding to know it’s not all Flappy Bird, right?

the violent crackle of global warming

Insane wildfires arrive months early in SoCal, threaten nuke plant

Drought-ravaged Southern California is aflame.


Cities to suburbs: Where’s the transit love? Suburbs to cities: Where’s the bus?

After suburban voters torpedoed a tax to fund bus service in the Seattle Metro area, transit activists grapple with the sad reality: Maybe the ‘burbs just weren’t designed for buses.

PAH dance, anybody?

Strip club flooded by oil spill in L.A.

A geyser of oil shot 50 feet in the air after a pipeline ruptured, leading to a 10,000-gallon spill and a knee-deep, lake-like mess.

From pretentious punk to policy wonk: Help us celebrate growing up

At 15, Heather Smith was angst-filled and cynical. These days, instead of wishing she was never born, she writes for Grist. Will you support our work with a gift of $15?

Climate & Energy

Scott Brown urged GOP senators to kill energy efficiency bill

The New Hampshire Senate candidate lobbied to block the bipartisan bill so his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, wouldn't be able to run on it.


Ask Umbra: Can I sneak a compost bin past my homeowners association?

A reader wants to start composting without offending their nosy neighborhood group. Umbra detects a whiff of rebellion.

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