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1,000-pound butter sculpture will power farm for three days

Like deep-fried cake on a stick (or regional variants), butter sculpture is a staple of state fair tradition that will never go away even if it's unnecessary and kinda gross. But at least the Pennsylvania state fair is using its behemoth butter statuary as a source of alternative energy.

Read more: Biofuel, Food

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‘Winter Jam Canceled Due to Lack of Winter’

The New York City parks department's annual Winter Jam in Prospect Park has been nixed due to unseasonably warm temperatures -- it's kind of hard to have winter sports demonstrations when you don't have any winter. (There is basically no way we could improve on the Times headline about the decision, so we're just gonna let that sit up there so you can appreciate it.)

Read more: Climate Change

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Renewables nearly competitive with fossil fuels, even without subsidies

In 2010, investors and governments poured $187 billion into renewables and just $157 billion into natural gas, oil and coal. A big chunk of the renewables investment ($66 billion in subsidies) represents forward-thinking governments nurturing their domestic renewable energy sectors through incentives. But renewables will soon be kicking fossil fuels’ asses even without that support, reports Bloomberg.

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New York City could open up 1,200 acres of rooftops for farming

Given how valuable space is in New York City, the city's rooftops are strangely empty. But a proposal from the city's planning department could change that by making 1,200 acres of commercial rooftops available for urban farmers to open greenhouses across the city.

City law imposes restrictions on how tall buildings are allowed to be in different areas, which is one reasons why rooftops stay empty -- developers often build to the maximum height possible. The planning department's proposal would allow buildings to add rooftop greenhouses above regular height restrictions. And according to a study from the Urban Design Lab, that would mean 1,200 acres of empty, flat rooftops would be eligible for green penthouses.

Read more: Cities, Infrastructure

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The Onion suggests we figure out pretty fast who we need to kill

The Onion reports that scientists have figured out the definitive solution to overpopulation, resource depletion, and environmental carnage: We just need to kill off a third of the human race. Who wants to go first?

Read more: Climate & Energy

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Critical List: Finding a town to host nuclear waste; 3-D Amazon map

Now that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage plan has been scrapped, a nuclear commission needs to find a town that wants to host the repository.

Transocean isn't legally responsible for some of the pollution from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Scientists mapped the Amazon in 3-D.

The plan for protecting New Orleans from hurricanes requires restoring wetlands.

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Newt Gingrich wants to colonize the moon

Newt Gingrich is gunning to become our first nerd president, and obviously a nerd president's first order of business is securing voting rights for the moon. (Maybe right after knighting George Lucas.) Gingrich wants to establish a "permanent base on the moon" by the end of his first term, and once it has 13,000 people he'd like to make it a state. He'll probably even volunteer to help get the population numbers up by impregnating hot moon babes.

Read more: Election 2012, Politics

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Study explains why it’s useless to argue with climate deniers

A study just out from the University of Kent inquires into the nature of conspiracy theorists, and comes out with this interesting or maybe obvious conclusion: It's not that they really believe what they're saying. It's more that they don't trust authority figures on the matter.

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Sporty little MIT ‘city car’ is cute as an animal-themed butt plug

MIT's 1,609-pound, all-electric wheeled pod thingy is actually going to be produced and sold, so we thought it could use a marketing campaign. Also, the whole web is kind of having a holiday right now, and we wanted to throw our party hats in the ring.