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April is Happiness Month at Grist

Join us as we explore the compelling questions that lie at the intersection of Bliss and Green.

Climate & Energy

How can we boost distributed solar and save utilities at the same time?

Distributed power threatens to send utilities into a death spiral. Naturally, they would like to slow it down. Is there any way for distributed energy and utilities to get along? Maybe!


High-end European-style bike tracks — the next big thing in the hood?

They may seem like they've been dropped in from another planet, but supporters say velodromes give inner city kids a healthy pastime while helping build a vibrant urban cycling culture.


Changes on the horizon for California’s troubled Salton Sea?

New efforts to save the Salton Sea from ecological disaster are winding their way through the California state assembly.

Climate & Energy

Using aging, retrofitted pipelines to ship oil — what could go wrong?

Decades-old pipelines have been quietly retrofitted to carry thick, corrosive petroleum products. Maybe it's time for a rethink.

Climate & Energy

Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities

Rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy tools will radically shake up the power sector, according to an unusually frank report from a utility trade group.

Climate & Energy

Exxon revolutionizes energy by delivering it straight to your face

ExxonMobil puts energy in your lawn, on water, on birds, and in your pants so you'll never have to go without.

Business & Technology

Beyond less-bad to 100 percent fabulous: A chat with architect and sustainability thinker William McDonough

In McDonough's new book "The Upcycle," he and Michael Braungart think big about how we can remake society -- not to be less bad but to be really good.

Climate & Energy

How to explain the atmosphere with a soccer ball

The next time your climate-denying uncle says it's arrogant to assume people can affect the atmosphere, show him this.