Grist List

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.

Natural Gas

Mark Ruffalo on Colbert Report

Mark Ruffalo went on The Colbert Report to talk about fracking, and Stephen yelled at him — even though he acknowledged later that it’s probably a bad idea to yell at the Hulk.

Climate Change

Jose Canseco schools Twitter on climate change

Jose Canseco knows as much about global warming as I know about Jose Canseco, which is to say, not much. I’m told he’s “the total train wreck of baseball” and I’m willing to believe it, now …

Population

Easy, reversible, 100 percent effective birth control is for men only

One of the best things we can do for the planet is stop putting new humans on it, which means promoting safe and effective birth control for people who want to keep their offspring levels …

Tim DeChristopher out of solitary

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who has been in solitary confinement since March 9 for confusing reasons, was released back into regular old prison Wednesday night.

Wilderness therapist: Good job or BEST job?

Wilderness therapy involves taking kids out into nature. Which, some studies suggest, is not only beneficial for children with difficulties like ADHD, but might actually be necessary for most of us to remain productive and functional human beings.

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