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Green Jobs

Everything that is good for the environment is a job

Solar panels don’t put themselves up. Houses don’t retrofit themselves. Farmers markets don’t run themselves. Green projects could give the economy a major boost, Van Jones argues in his new book.

Scary Food

Industrial poultry about to get even crappier — literally

What will happen if USDA inspectors leave big poultry processors to "self-regulate"? The result could be worse than pink slime.

Inside Grist

We lost, we laughed, we cried: An April Fools’ post mortem

Are some issues too important to poke fun at? Is nothing sacred? Oh, get serious: Laughter saves lives. It certainly won't sink the climate movement.

Election 2012

Romney supported cap-and-trade in 2003 as a way to combat climate change

To add to the growing list of Mitt Romney's flip-flops on energy and climate, in 2003 he called cap-and-trade "an effective approach" to mitigating climate change.

Media

April fooled? Spot the real news among made-up stories

It gets harder each year to distinguish between bizarre true stories that land on April 1 and genuine leg-pulling. Here are our favorite gags from this year — plus a few legit stories. See if you can find the fakers.

HEAT stroke: House energy action plan reads like a bad April Fools’ joke

With its latest energy action plan basically a how-to for warming the planet, the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) lives up to its name. We wish it were still April 1.

Cities

If a tree falls in the city, does it do anyone any good?

Many, if not most, trees planted in cities are dead within five years. A new generation of urban tree stewards is helping to keep them alive long after the planting has past.

Climate & Energy

Three questions about energy for Maggie Koerth-Baker

The author of the refreshingly pragmatic "Before the Lights Go Out" talks about finding common ground with climate deniers, the value of individual action in fixing a broken energy system, and the price of gas.

Climate & Energy

Only system-wide change can cure our climate hangover

"You could beat your own lifestyle into submission with a 10-foot club -- you could do more to save the planet than almost anyone is willing to voluntarily do -- and it still wouldn’t be enough. This isn’t about you, and it isn’t about me. It's about the systems that we share." Read an excerpt from Maggie Koerth-Baker's new book, "Before the Lights Go Out."

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