Grist List

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.

Critical List: Prius is world’s third most popular car; irradiated tuna hit the U.S.

Gas should only get cheaper as the summer begins. The Toyota Prius is now the world’s third best-selling car. Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California have Fukushima radiation in them. (Not much though.) …

Cities

You can identify poor neighborhoods from space

Tim De Chant at Per Square Mile has noted that rich urban areas have way, way more trees than poor areas in the same city. In fact, the difference is so stark that income inequality …

Food

Fast-food burgers have tripled in size since the 1950s

According to this chart from the CDC, fast-food burgers have more than tripled in size since the 1950s, going from four ounces (i.e. a quarter pound) to a whopping 12. And if you think that’s …

Animals

Help name this ridiculous baby seal

When this seal pup arrived at the New England Aquarium, he was orphaned, underweight, and blind in one eye, and his unusual mottled coat wasn’t thick enough to keep him warm. Now he’s getting healthy …

Food

Play with your food by tattooing a banana

How do you make fruits and vegetables fun, instead of just good for you and better for the planet than meat? Well, probably not by doing elaborate tattoo designs on a banana. But it’s easy, …

Biking

Cape Cod woman finds bike she lost 40 years ago

Forty years ago, in 1970, little Lisa Brown was riding her totally rad banana-seat bike through the woods of Cape Cod. She approached the Herring River, but the only way to cross it was a …

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