Grist List

Incredible NASA images of Saudi Arabia’s careless use of water

NASA released satellite images showing that the Saudis are irrigating the desert in order to grow food -- with fossil water that accumulated during the last Ice Age and will be gone completely in 50 years.

Wind Power

Mesmerizing wind map is the coolest-looking weather map ever

Data visualization wizards Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg have devised a real-time map of wind speeds in the U.S., and it beats the pants off spiky cold fronts, happy suns, and whatever else they’re putting on weather maps these days. It’s simple, elegant, and crazy hypnotic — watch it together with the lava lamp ocean currents, and you might just go into a turbulence-inspired trance and start making noises like Osborne Reynolds. (Look it up, jerks.)

Solar Power

The best pro-solar billboard you’ve ever seen

This is going around Facebook today — it’s actually from 2010, made in response to a specific piece of legislation, but the message here is (pardon the pun) evergreen.

Critical List: Earth Hour around the world; GM cuts funding to Heartland Institute

A look at the news of the day.

Climate & Energy

George Bush’s hometown is running out of water, thanks to climate change

The president whose State Department thanked Exxon executives for their "active involvement" in helping to determine climate change policy is watching the town in which he grew up squirm in the grip of Texas' epic, climate change-enhanced drought.

Scary Food

Starbucks strawberry Frappuccino dyed with crushed insects

Here's a Starbucks order to try out: a Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino with soy milk and a shot of crushed parasitic insects.

Cities

How successful cities are like marijuana

In comparison to other crops, the relatively high value of pot is a good metaphor for a city's decision to invest in its downtown versus sprawl, says Joe Minicozzi, the new projects director at Public Interest Projects.

Maple syrup-pocalypse arrives 20 years early

Scientists have been saying that maple syrup production could be devastated in 20 to 30 years, but this season's warm temperatures are so extreme that we're getting a taste of that state of the climate now.

Critical List: Pesticides are killing bees; North Sea gas leak only sort of dangerous

A look at the news of the day.

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