Grist List

Critical List: The gas boom scam; Bieber’s electric car

In Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell looks at “the scam behind the gas boom.” What really makes money for a natural gas company? “Buying and flipping the land that contains the gas,” Goodell reports. A team …

Animals

Hot buttered sloths in pajamas

What do you do when orphaned baby sloths are afflicted with mange? Shave them, rub them with lard, and wrap them in sloth pajamas.

Business & Technology

Levitating houses stay safe during earthquakes

A Japanese company called Air Danshin Systems can make houses fly. Not all the time, and not for particularly long. But when it counts — during an earthquake — the company’s technology can levitate a …

Biking

Spectacular wooden bikes made from salvaged urban trees

The Giving Tree should be ashamed of herself. Oh, sure, she let herself be made into a boat and a house and an uncomfortable metaphor for maternal martyrdom, but did she ever turn into a …

Energy Efficiency

Frank Lloyd Wright goes solar, posthumously

Taliesin West, the iconic desert home created by Frank Lloyd Wright, is about to go net-zero, which means it will produce as much energy as it consumes.

Organic Food

Pro hockey player loves organic food and worms

Andrew Ference plays defense for the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, so you'd think he'd be a meathead who mostly drinks beer and scratches his balls. But it turns out he shops with his kids at Whole Foods like all the other bobos.

Critical List: Midwest tornadoes kill 12; Shell sues environmental groups over Alaska drilling

Tornadoes tore through the Midwest, killing 12 people. North Korea will stop testing nuclear weapons in exchange for food aid. The Sierra Club’s ripping it up. One of two Chicago coal-fired power plants that are …

Coal

Chicago goes coal-free

Activists have succeeded in getting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down the city’s two coal plants — one of them by the end of the year. That doesn’t mean the city is off coal …

Animals

New Center for PostNatural History is a museum of human influence on nature

It makes sense that there would be a museum to chronicle just how much we’ve messed with plants, animals, the climate, and in general the world around us. The Center for PostNatural History, opening this week in Pittsburgh, is that museum.

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