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Living

Right-wingers and greens agree: The Lorax movie sucks balls

Between commie brainwashing and Mazda pandering, Fox News and greens agree: The Lorax movie sucks.

Climate Change

The sky is falling! (No, really.)

This is not a joke: The sky is falling. Or technically, the height of clouds, the average of which decreased about 1 percent from 2000 to 2010. Researchers at the University of Auckland, who collected the data, attributed the change to a drop in the number of clouds formed at high altitudes.

Energy Efficiency

High school boys record green rap video

Man, this video really induces high school flashbacks. A group of seniors at Atlanta’s Marist School created it as part of the Green School Alliance’s Green Cup Challenge. These fine, upstanding young fellas won the video part of the challenge by adapting Outkast’s So Fresh, So Clean to a greener message. The part where they hug trees is the best. Also this part:

Climate Change

Submarine data will be declassified for climate science

Some of the data gathered by Royal Navy nuclear submarines is going to be declassified in order to aid climate scientists' study of the polar oceans, which are melting and wreaking havoc on global weather patterns already.

Biking

Google’s seven-person conference bike

NPR did a story about how tech companies encourage bike commuting, which: duh. But Google apparently goes a step further and encourages bike conferencing, via a giant pedaled monstrosity with seven inward-facing seats.

Cleantech

Map shows avalanche of cellulosic ethanol projects on the way

In the battle between food and fuel, cellulosic ethanol might not be a great idea or even a viable solution to our energy woes, but enzyme company Novozymes says it's coming, regardless.

Critical List: Selenium dumping gives fish two heads; Germany to cut solar subsidies

A mining company in Idaho wants to keep dumping selenium into local creeks, even after its scientific study turned up these two-headed trout and other deformed fish. A judge found BP liable for civil damages in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, meaning the company could pay billions in penalties. Germany is cutting solar subsidies … because they have so much solar power already. Four out of five wolves that were released near the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a reintroduction program are now dead.

Oil

Why all promises to make gas significantly cheaper are fantasies

Unless the world economy crashes or intercessory prayer starts working, no one on the planet has the power to significantly lower the price of gasoline at the pump.

Green Cars

Suck it, Gingrich, you CAN put a gun rack on a Chevy Volt

At a campaign event in Georgia, Newt Gingrich told supporters that he would maaaaaagically lower gas prices because “you can’t put a gun rack on a Volt.” Shows what the hell he knows.

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