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Mini-mansions are all the rage

Both industrial designers and industrious teens alike are engineering tiny paragons of sustainable living. Behold some of our recent favorites.

Climate & Energy

Post-Sandy, green groups at loggerheads with plans to rebuild Jersey’s boardwalk empire

How to rebuild all those destroyed promenades? With trees cut from the rainforest, thus contributing to even more superstorms, natch.

Climate & Energy

Two reasons climate change is not like other environmental problems

Commentators often think about climate change as an "environmental problem," but it's very different from traditional environmental problems, in two important ways.


Red, Bike & Green wants to shift the color balance in bicycling

The Bay Area's bicycling culture was lacking in the diversity department. Jenna Burton set out to change that.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could mean seven times as many Katrinas

If only a fraction of predicted global warming happens, the East Coast could be in for a rough century.

Climate & Energy

10 reasons why fracking for dirty oil in California is a stupid idea

The oil industry is eyeing California’s tight oil reserves, and even Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it might make sense to frack them. Here are 10 reasons not to.


Ask Umbra: On holey jeans, holey socks, and dyeing clothes

Readers ask about that holiest of all topics: their clothes. Umbra sends some smoke signals up the Grist chimney.

Climate & Energy

The least sustainable city: Phoenix as a harbinger for our hot future

For a taste of the brutal new climate to come, look to where the climate is already harsh, and growing more so -- the aptly named Valley of the Sun.


What do the young conservatives at CPAC think about climate change? [VIDEO]

Climate change didn't get much attention at the Conservative Political Action Conference, so one journalist asked a few young attendees what they think.

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