Grist List

New green energy superhero KidWind manages to out-dork Captain Planet

One of the main challenges when you’re trying to change attitudes about the environment -- how do you make it cool to care?

Business & Technology

This company cleans up nuclear waste by turning it into glass

Among all of the terrible ways to get rid of nuclear waste, there's one that stands above the rest for being a little less horrible: turning the radioactive parts into glass, a process called “vitrification.”

Climate scientist: Screw this, I’m going to go make pickles

Is there any job more depressing than climate scientist? It’s no wonder Addie Rose Holland decided to pickle things for a living instead.


Zipcar is half-price today, to help you get to the polls

You need to vote, and if you have to drive to the polling place, so be it. Zipcar will help.

This guy is putting the Earth up for auction, and it’s only $123 million

You're face to face with the man who sold the world on Yahoo Auctions.

Hedgehog rescued from potato chip bag by professional hedgehog-rescuers

A hedgehog crawled into a potato chip bag outside a supermarket in Weston-super-Mare. After a three-hour ordeal, it was rescued, and is fine, and still cute.

Climate & Energy

Here’s why you can’t just nuke a storm

Apparently, people ask the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about this every year. Here's the answer.

British charity is recycling ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as toilet paper

Fifty Shades of Grey, for the uninitiated, is a madly popular, rather trashy book in which a young woman has an affair with an older businessman.

Rare whale seen for the first time only to die hours later

Before 2010, no one had ever seen the spade-toothed beaked whale in the flesh, let alone alive.