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Urban naturalist: Molly Steinwald challenges city kids to find the wilderness in a sidewalk crack

City kids are often taught that nature is “out there,” beyond the city limits, but this biologist/photographer/educator says “everyday nature” has the power to transform.

Climate & Energy

Curtain rises on California’s planned carbon market

From big emitters to tomato tinners, over 100 California businesses got their first taste of cap-and-trade. Here's how it works.


Umbra’s second helpings: The most sustainable forms of birth control

Birth control shouldn't be controversial. But could it be greener? Umbra pulls out an answer.

Climate & Energy

Free-market hypocrisy: Why do we hold renewables to different standards?

Calls for a "free-market" approach to energy ignore the fact that recent incentives for renewables are no different than the perks fossil fuels and nuclear energy have enjoyed for decades.


Energy and environment in the GOP platform: They said what?

We read the whole 62-page Republican platform so you don't have to. Here are the good bits, by which we mean the bad bits.

Climate & Energy

Al Gore condemns media for dropping the ball on climate change coverage

The Goracle had some harsh words for the press after its tepid reaction to news of record Arctic ice melt.


Guess what’s coming to dinner? The unprocessed food challenge continues

Having sworn off of hot dogs and Doritos, Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets out to a backyard barbecue at a friend’s house. Her mission: to pass on the processed foods without coming off …


If they ban your super-sized soda, would you switch to diet?

Even as New York's soda ban gets close to becoming a reality, several loopholes have public health advocates worried.

Climate & Energy

The carbon tax, demystified

Taxes aren’t exactly popular, but the idea of using them to fight climate change is surprisingly resilient. Here’s a primer.