Grist List


Vegas tops the list of the country’s worst heat islands

On a real scorcher of a day, the mercury downtown can roar 24 degrees above the temps in the surrounding desert. Other cities are feeling the heat, too.

On yer bike!

You might think bikeshares cut down on CO2, but the truth is complicated

More than 23 million rides have been taken on bikeshares, though research is still unclear on how much they help the planet.

Climate & Energy

See-through solar cells could turn your windows into power stations

Even Harry Potter would be impressed.

Uber awkward

People are mistaking strangers’ cars for Ubers

Don't turn around too fast, but we think Uber put a drunk person in your backseat.

Climate & Energy

Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani

By Dasani, we mean potable tap water. And by sewage, we mean sewage.

Whoah, Nice Marmot

This marmot wants to make out with you because of climate change

Featuring steamy lines from "nature's pickup artists."

Bone Dry

California cemeteries dig deep to save water

Amid ongoing drought, cemeteries turn to grass alternatives to conserve water.

Squeaky Clean

What to do with an old bus? Turn it into a shower for San Francisco’s homeless

A new program in San Francisco provides mobile showers to the homeless by retrofitting old buses.

Pay Dirt

Thanks to drought, panning for gold is gaining popularity in California

There's a new mini Gold Rush as rivers are drying up and prospectors are moving in.

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