Grist List

Climate Change

Forest scientists pit trees against each other in fight for survival

In Europe, forest scientists are setting up a kind of Hunger Games for trees. The goal, the BBC reports, is to find out which trees will survive in the harsh world to come:

Critical List: North Sea gas leak poses oil spill risk; Chinese oil company is larger than ExxonMobil

A look at the big news of the day.

Biking

One mile on a bike is a $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.20 loss

Copenhagen, the bicycle-friendliest place on the planet, publishes a biannual Bicycle Account, and buried in its pages is a rather astonishing fact.

Cleantech

Would you like a bamboo keyboard? Of course you would

The iZen bamboo keyboard is 92 percent bamboo, because normally keyboards are made from plastic, and plastic is made from oil and we'd rather not.

Politics

Tim DeChristopher put in ‘isolated confinement’

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, still serving his sentence for disrupting a government auction of oil leases, has been transferred to isolated confinement. He’s been there since March 9.

Sprawl

Lorax statue lifted from Seuss estate

Someone stole a statue of the Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ estate. The sculpture, made by Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter, weighs 300 pounds, so whoever stole it must have been really strong, brought friends, and really wanted the thing. The Los Angeles Times reports: The thief or thieves apparently rolled the statue and stump down a hill and into a getaway vehicle, according to the San Diego police. Who would commit such a heinous crime? Here are our (very, very speculative) theories:

Critical List: Fukushima will take decades to decommission; North Sea gas leak

Is Fukushima news ever positive? A new assessment of damage at the plant shows levels of radiation higher than expected, which means decommissioning the plant could take decades. Building cleantech requires certain resources — rare earth metals, water, biomass — that are getting scarce. Mohamed Nasheed, the deposed Maldives president, is doing a media tour to promote The Island President, the movie about his work on climate change and Copenhagen (out this week in theaters!).

Election 2012

Mitt Romney thinks pets are cars and cars are pets

By now you’ve surely heard that Mitt Romney’s planned all-inclusive beach resort house in La Jolla will include a car elevator, for cars that need to get to the second floor of the garage but are too tired to take the stairs. Between that and the indelible story about Romney keeping his dog on the roof rack, we’re forced to come to the obvious conclusion: Mitt — or is it M.I.T.T.? — is just genuinely confused about the difference between organic creatures and vehicles.

Clean Air

Map shows the worst air in America

The EPA is issuing new regulations for emissions from power plants, and the American Lung Association knows why. This map shows U.S. deaths caused by toxic power plant emissions. If you live in a state with a big red circle, you should be very very glad about the new rule — Texas in particular should be jumping for joy, if they can manage to stop coughing for five minutes.

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