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The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013

Grist’s green-living pioneer has spent the past year trying to be a little kinder to the planet. Interested in doing the same? Here are five simple guidelines.

Climate & Energy

Fiscal fiasco bright spot: 2013 will be a huge year for wind

The fiscal deal extends a key tax credit for the wind industry for one year, and changes it in a way that will prod a lot of development in 2013.


Chilling effect: How warmer winters could ruin fruit

Warmer temperatures and less predictable weather can make for confused trees and less fruit. Here's why.

10, 9, 8, 7 … Counting down the most popular Grist stories of 2012

Rescued ducks, a crime scene involving a 3,500-year-old tree, and 40 million McMansions that nobody wants -- these are the things you were reading about last year when you should have been studying up on …


Street scenes: 12 great cities stories from 2012

From street artists to Martin Luther King, and gun violence to our odd, sometimes nonsensical obsession with Jane Jacobs -- these are our favorite city-related stories from the past year.


Between the earth and a hard place: Umbra’s top 10 eco-conundrums of 2012

Am I saving too many emails? Is it OK to pour beer down the drain? What’s that stuff in my bra? You asked, and Grist’s green advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, answered.


Living large in small houses

More and more people are finding that living in smaller spaces -- backyard cottages and tiny houses -- leaves room for a larger life. Here are some of their stories.

Climate & Energy

New Matt Damon fracking flick is worthy, but lacks sound and fury

"Promised Land," the eco-drama about natural gas drilling in small town America, is noteworthy as a cautionary tale, yet still a bit of a snooze.

Climate & Energy

Rebecca Tarbotton, head of Rainforest Action Network, dies at 39

The green movement has lost one of its few female leaders. Tarbotton led major campaigns to fight climate change and corporate greed.