Grist List

Living

Dude singlehandedly finds homes for 500 unwanted trees

Meet a Seattle resident who digs up and replants unwanted trees -- including arboreal monsters weighing up to 400 pounds.

Critical List: Nebraska legislature kickstarts Keystone XL planning; NASA’s climate skeptics

The Nebraska legislature passed a bill that’ll kickstart planning for the rerouted Keystone XL pipeline. Turns out a bunch of former NASA employees are also climate skeptics. Canada’s unlikely to meet its 2020 goal for carbon emissions cuts.

Sustainable Business

9-year-old builds the world’s cutest recycled cardboard arcade

Nine-year-old Caine didn’t build his home arcade out of cardboard because he wanted to recycle — he did it because he likes arcades, has access to a lot of boxes, and is a DIY genius. But you can’t help but be inspired by his innovative remaking. And you definitely can’t help but be a little thrilled when a local filmmaker drums up a huge flash mob to come make Caine’s arcade dream a reality.

School Lunches

What’s inside a school lunch burger? 26 ingredients, and only one is meat

Caramel color makes the burger look like it's been grilled when it really hasn't.

Green Cars

Smart Car goes on an ASCII adventure in the world’s coolest Twitter feed

Go to the Twitter feed of Smart Car of Argentina and hold down the J key. Go on. We’ll wait here for you.

Sprawl

Car-centric neighborhoods linked to childhood obesity, finger-wagging

It should come as no surprise that children who live in neighborhoods that aren't walkable, lack playgrounds, and are full of fast food joints are twice as likely to be obese as kids in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with access to healthy foods.

Climate Change

GOP’s worst nightmare: Green Muslims

The Quran is full of “lessons about water conservation, avoiding the wasteful consumption of resources, proper land use, stewardship of trees, and compassion for animals and birds,” reports John Wihbey at the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. This can mean only one thing: The entire environmental movement has aligned itself with our Muslim president to enforce an eco-Sharia — especially in red states, whose general intransigence about environmental regulation is the last bulwark in that brewing global war of civilizations that Newt Gingrich keeps going on about.

Politics

Karl Rove’s super PAC attacks Obama for preventing oil spills

Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove’s super PAC, is spending $1.7 million in six swing states to attack Obama’s energy policy. Here’s what Rove wants swing voters to think about Obama: We’re not really sure that it’s the best political strategy to remind voters that the Bush administration existed at all, let alone that it passed policies that are still having an impact. But we’ll assume Rove knows what he’s doing. It’s not like Crossroads GPS has ever gotten two Pants On Fire ratings from Politifact or anything. The ad also says that drilling’s gone “down where Obama’s in charge.” Now, why …

Biofuel

Your new offshore energy source: Floating algae farms

Forget offshore oil drilling. NASA’s working on a project that would generate clean, renewable offshore energy, by growing algae in floating plastic bags. These floating algae farms would take in wastewater from treatment plants. For algae, wastewater is like the nectar of the gods: The ammonia and phosphates act as a fertilizer. So the algae would float happily contained in the baggies, getting fat with lipid oil, and cleaning up the wastewater in the process. Eventually, the algae farmers would harvest the oil, recycle the plastic and start all over again.

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