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One use for 150,000 plastic bottles: Build your own personal island

If you weren't already convinced the creator is a total hippie: His shower water spouts out of a seashell.

The big ask

What are your climate questions for Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy?

The energy secretary and EPA administrator will join Grist for a live chat next week about Obama's climate initiatives. Submit your questions now!

Oil in a day's work

A whole lot of oil spilled in the U.S. in 2013

Drillers spilled 26 million gallons of oil and related contaminants last year. That's how much spilled during 11 days of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Cities

Alec Baldwin gets cuffed for biking the wrong way: Here’s how it (maybe) went down

"Jack Donaghy makes his own rules."

Brain storm

With collective intelligence, scientists learn it’s your thoughts that count

From crowdsourcing to citizen science, we'll be exploring how tech could change the ways we learn about and address climate change.

How hip-hop, “Malcolm X,” and “Siddhartha” changed my life

Grist writer Brentin Mock remembers being 15 with the world ahead of him. Help Grist realize its own big dreams of eco-enlightenment.

empty threats

Not so fast: Can hangry activists effectively fight climate change?

And no, that’s actually not a rhetorical question.

Pee-ew!

Frackers are flooding the atmosphere with climate-warming methane

Two new studies reveal the staggering disconnect between actual methane emissions and official EPA estimates.

Living

Brits do so much coke, it’s in their drinking water now

Drinking water ever so slightly tainted with coke won’t put any extra pep in your step.

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