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Married father of two seeks Best Christmas Ever. No presents allowed.

In which our hapless hero does his best to get himself out of the hole he dug when he asked, in front of all the world, that friends and family give his kids nothing for …


Enough with the Christmas cookies: Five unpredictable homemade food gifts

These ideas will help you think outside the cookie tin.


Umbra’s second helpings: The ultimate guide to consuming wisely

Do the holidays have you feeling frazzled? Check out Umbra's guide on how to streamline your life and still enjoy the heck out of it.


This year, make it a DIY Christmas

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has some unconventional ideas for gift-giving this season -- and she needs a little help.

Please don’t brush off this request

With your help, Grist can draw more eyeballs and recruit more agents of change.

Climate & Energy

Severe weather can change minds — some minds, anyway

Climate skeptics won't be swayed by a big hurricane, but average folks might be if a trusted person helps them connect the dots, according to a new study.


Food safety fail: Why isn’t the agency in charge of keeping us safe succeeding?

As number of incidents of food poisoning go up, the Food and Drug Administration is doing less to protect us than ever.


There’s still time if you act now: ‘Carbon Zero,’ conclusion

Carbon zero cities aren't a utopian ideal. It may be late in the climate game, but there's still so much we can do. Let's get started!


A live chat with sustainability smart guy Alex Steffen

The author and futurist talked with Grist readers about carbon zero cities. Check out a replay of the conversation.