Everything that's wrong with our oil-soaked industrial economy, in one amazing poster

Max Temkin is a brand designer for, among others, Barack Obama. You can buy prints of this poster here, or at least you could until it sold out because it is f*cking amazing.

Toilet 2.0 will turn waste into energy, fertilizer, and clean water

Think poop is funny? Well, it’s DEADLY SERIOUS. Here are the unsavory facts about poor sanitation infrastructure, according to the Gates Foundation: 2.6 billion lack access to safe toilets. Food and water that's come in …


Secondhand style: Do used undies cross the line?

My first thrift store ensemble is a huge hit, and prompts a lively chat about used underwear. Plus, I still need sneakers.


Free birth control? We're getting closer … [UPDATE: We're there!]

Women will no longer have to make co-pays on birth control, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 1.

Election 2012

Anti-gay-marriage pledge calls for 'robust childbearing'

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by a right-wing Iowa group has made headlines, but we haven't heard much about its call for "robust childbearing."

Thanks to the recession, recycling is booming

A few years ago, the only people who came in to Alliance Recycling in Emeryville, Calif., were were pushing shopping carts. Now, the same center is seeing people pull up in late model cars.

Critical List: Mitt Romney doesn’t believe in carbon; Halliburton’s profits are up

Mitt Romney doesn't think carbon is a pollutant and doesn't think the EPA should regulate it. But he has said that we should reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. May he doesn't understand what those …


Secondhand style: No hoochie dresses, please

Grist dared me to wear nothing but thrift store clothes for a week. Dresses? No problem. Shoes -- well, that's another story.


Plastic purge: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The plastic purge is over, and here's what I've learned: Avoiding plastic makes you lose weight.