Grist List

Animals

David Attenborough narrates video of a tortoise humping a shoe

You may remember the internet going mildly crazy for this video of a tortoise with sexual identity issues. (Not his identity, just the identity of his chosen mate, which is a Croc.) It had all …

Green Home

This guy’s apartment is the size of a closet

Check out a 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment -- just enough space to park a Mini Cooper, or to live a happy urban existence.

IKEA subsidiary accused of cutting down centuries-old trees

Shoppers might pay next to nothing for those cheapy cheap tables and chairs and bookshelves at IKEA, but the planet pays a much higher price, Environmental Leader reports. According to a forest conservation nonprofit, an …

Cities

Ithaca mayor turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

The 25-year-old mayor gave up his car to join the 15 percent of his city's residents who walk to work.

Critical List: Spain’s done with clean energy; coal country locals defend Big Coal

European Union greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.4 percent in 2010. Spain’s done with clean energy — the government is shutting off aid to renewable energy companies. People living in coal country are still willing to …

Cities

Weird astronomical event in New York City tonight

If you’re in New York City at 8:19 p.m. today, get your ass to a major cross street (the best ones are  14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th) and you can see the street grid take …

Oil

Russian rivers are clogged with frozen oil

Whatever terrors the U.S. oil industry might come up with, the Russian oil industry is worse. Greenpeace’s Jon Burgwald recently visited Usinsk, a frigid city that’s a major Russian oil outpost. The oil pollution is …

Pollution

World’s oldest trees face country’s worst smog

Sequoia National Park can lay claim to two superlatives — its redwoods are the oldest single organisms on the planet and its air quality is the worst of any national park in the country. The …

Biking

Giant road lobsters attacking cyclists

We’re gonna need a bigger bike.

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