Grist List

Green Home

Geek legend hacks together an off-grid smart home

Loren Amelang is a pioneer in C++ programming, and his homebrewed live/work space is a monument to sustainable geekery.

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 …


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 …


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"?


All the insanity of modern car culture, in one image

See also: Solar-powered tanning salon.


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 …


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.


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.