Grist List

Breathing Buildings

Bosco Verticale is Italian for dope urban treehouse

This just in: We no longer have to choose between living in the city or the forest.

vegan malaise

Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Have fun eating air.

Food

So long, Soylent. World remembers that eating rules

Its popularity may be waning as folks try to offload the stuff on Craigslist. No powdery tears were cried for the bland meal replacement.

Business & Technology

Now your smartphone can be fair trade, too

This new startup wants to sell you a conflict-minerals-free cellphone.

A RAILROAD GROWS IN QUEENS

An old railroad in Queens could become the coolest park in NYC

The only thing holding up the project: that little matter of the price tag.

Climate & Energy

Watch Neil Young and Stephen Colbert battle over the Earth — through song

The earth-loving rock legend performs his single about saving the environment with Stephen Colbert, who adds a few new lyrics.

bowl movement

Drop a brick, feel better about the California drought

A witty crowdfunding campaign is hawking water-saving toilet "bricks" for Californians.

Food

Watch Cascadian Farm’s dramatic effort to save the bees

A General Mills-owned company is trying to save the bees -- one flower bomb at a time.

Cities

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

An ex-bodysurfing champ and former census worker is leading a volunteer effort to give slum residents mailing addresses.

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