Grist List

Election 2012

Symphony of Santorum: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine supports Rick

This calls for double devil horns, y'all: Megadeth's frontman just came out in support of GOP candidate Rick Santorum for president. One thing's for sure: Mitt Romney's sweating bullets.

Pollution

Swamp Thing yells at kids about littering

You gotta admit, Swamp Thing is basically the perfect anti-littering spokesman (especially now that Captain Planet has gone off the rails). I mean, he’s essentially made out of the environment. In this so-bad-it’s-awesome 1989 PSA, he lectures children about throwing plastic cups in the water.

Biking

You work 3.84 minutes per day to pay for your bicycle, 2 hours for your car

Americans work on average two hours out of every day to pay for their cars. A bicycle costs only 3.84 minutes.

Business & Technology

Sales of residential solar in Japan explode like reactor #4

Sales of solar panels for Japanese homes are up 30.7 percent in 2011, despite -- or, let's be real, because of -- the economic hit the country took in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Climate Skeptics

How the Heartland Institute plans to wreck education

Leaked documents illuminate the Heartland Institute's denialist agenda, and who's footing the bill. The list of funders is interesting -- Kochs, Philip Morris, Microsoft -- but perhaps most sobering is their plan to undermine climate science in the classroom.

Animals

Here is a shark swallowing another shark

Researchers from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took this picture of a shark eating another shark near the Great Barrier Reef. Nature is crazy!

Food

Pollan’s Food Rules, animated. With vegetables

This video uses vegetables -- so many, many awesome vegetables -- to illustrate Michael Pollan's Food Rules.

Animals

OMG tiny chameleon

I’m not usually a sucker for reptiles and amphibians the way I am for, say, sloths — but when they’re the world’s tiniest, who can resist? First we had this ickle mini frogling, and now there’s a wee precious chameleonette.

Critical List: More than 800,000 anti-Keystone messages delivered; Obama could veto transportation bill

The anti-Keystone email campaign gathered more than 800,000 messages to Senate leadership. Check out this picture of the messages being delivered. Internal documents from Heartland Institute, the climate-denying think tank, show funding from sources like Microsoft, Koch Industries (which had reportedly stopped funding the institute), tobacco companies, and other corporations. One “Anonymous Donor” gave more than $1.6 million in 2010 and $979,000 in 2011. The White House said senior advisers would recommend the president veto the House version of the transportation bill, citing provisions to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Maybe Republicans …

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