Grist List

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.

Energy Policy

Why going green during a recession actually creates jobs

Economists have long known something that politicians apparently do not: If you need to impose expensive environmental regulations, there’s no better time than during a recession.

Critical List: Earthquake off the coast of Indonesia; Tennessee anti-climate teaching bill now a law

A look at the news of the day.

Biking

This is the coolest-looking, least practical bike helmet we’ve ever seen

Have you ever wanted to have a stunningly beautiful bike helmet that would shatter into dangerous splinters if you ever actually fell on your head? Well, you're in luck, because Instructables user Natalina has posted step-by-step procedures for making a helmet that looks like a disco ball.

Transportation

Chris Christie’s strategy for killing public transit: Lies, lies, and lies

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped the beating heart out of a N.Y.C.-Jersey transit project that public officials had only been planning for since, oh, 1995. At the time, he said the project would cost New Jersey too much. But guess what? He lied about the costs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Transportation

Americans walk less than any other industrialized nation

Here are the juicy bits of Tom Vanderbilt's new series on walking.

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