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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


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.


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.


Oklahoma makes bold move to not eat human fetuses

Fetus cookie

Apparently the new hotness among Republicans is legislating against things that don't exist. First Congress voted to knock down imaginary farm dust regulations, and now the Oklahoma Legislature has introduced a bill that would outlaw food "which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients." Always a major concern!

Read more: Food, Scary Food


Study: News coverage of Keystone XL slanted toward pipeline proponents

During the debate so far over Keystone XL, the media have favored pipeline proponents, according to a new study from Media Matters. Broadcast, cable, and print news stories all featured more people who supported the pipeline than who opposed it. Of guests on broadcast outlets, 79 percent supported Keystone XL; only 7 percent opposed it.

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Critical List: Big trees suffer more from deforestation; Japan’s version of Al Gore

Deforestation is disproportionately killing off the world's largest trees.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif., a.k.a. the Mustache of Justice) wants to subpoena Koch Industries executives to force them to testify about the company's connection to Keystone XL.

The National Academy of Sciences wants to find out more about nanomaterials and their effects on humans, since the tiny particles are everywhere now.

In West Virginia, kids living near a DuPont plant had 44 percent more perfluorooctanoate (the stuff that's in Teflon and waterproof clothing) in their blood than their mothers did.

The Wall Street Journal thinks it's found Japan's version of Al Gore.

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Republicans cockblock NOAA appointment because of an oil-drilling snit

You'd think that the main criterion for being named the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's chief scientist would be that you are a scientist. (Lesser criteria: being plausibly chiefly; studying some field related to oceanic and/or atmospheric science.) Turns out, though, that being a scientist can be a real liability for the chief scientist job, at least if Sen. David Vitter is on the case. Vitter successfully blocked the Obama administration's appointment, geochemist Scott Doney, because basically he's just not sure scientists can be trusted with this whole "science" thing.


New toilet paper is recycled and brown, and that’s not QUITE as gross as it sounds

So if you were going to make a recycled toilet paper, would you make a huge deal about it being brown? Is that really the color that will evoke the most pleasant images when paired with the phrase "recycled toilet paper"? Is anyone even driving this marketing campaign?


Schoolkids want The Lorax to be more tree-huggy

As Dave Roberts pointed out when the trailer was released, the upcoming Lorax movie is an insult to all that's good and holy. The original Seuss tale is bleak, sure, but bleak with a purpose: it's a parable about greed, exploitation, and the consequences of environmental rapaciousness. It does not feature the Polyphonic Spree.

Well, turns out it's not just thirtysomething curmudgeons like Dave and me who find the Lorax movie plans pukey. A group of fourth graders from Brookline, Mass. has drafted a petition asking Hollywood to reinstate the original book's environmental themes.

Read more: Climate & Energy