Grist List

Green Cars

How China will force Americans to drive electric cars

The sheer number of vehicles being added in Asia means a whole new level of competition for oil. It’s a competition that Asia will almost surely win, and will probably do more to drive the adoption of electric cars in the U.S. than any policy or tax credit.

Biking

We-Flashy sells reflective biking gear that looks like normal cool clothes

Oh yes, you're cool. Your bike looks like a Victorian gentleman. Your helmet looks like a tweed fedora. And your reflective vest looks like ... a shitty reflective vest. You have two options: Embrace ugliness as a hipness signifier, or find reflective clothing that actually looks like something you'd wear on purpose.

Biofuel

Power source of the future: Snails

Sometimes it seems like researchers design experiments specifically to win an Ig Nobel prize. How else do you explain a paper titled "Implanted Biofuel Cell Operating in a Living Snail"?

Biking

All the insanity of modern car culture, in one image

See also: Solar-powered tanning salon.

Locavore

Williams-Sonoma wants to sell you a chicken coop

Sure, it’s green to raise chickens in your backyard, but it’s a tragedy that they have to live in rough-hewn, generic coops. What about your chickens’ sense of style and feng shui? Luckily, Williams-Sonoma takes this problem seriously.

Coal

Anti-coal campaign is ‘the most significant achievement of American environmentalists’ since the 1970s

The Sierra Club's anti-coal campaign has shut down proposals for 166 coal-fired power plants.

Biking

This 90-year-old on a tricycle is a total badass

You go, grandpa. I think we can overlook a little sidewalk-riding for a guy who was born before television.

Critical List: Warmest March on record for 25 states; LEGO hermit crab shell

A round-up of the news of the day.

Renewable Energy

How butterflies are teaching scientists about better renewable fuels

What do the latest hydrogen fuel production technology and your tramp stamp have in common? They both take inspiration from butterfly wings.

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