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Louisiana residents paint mural for Obama and BP

Image of the day: Residents near Grand Isle, La. painted this mural for President Obama’s visit last week. Twitter.com/MacMcClelland Courtesy Mother Jones reporter Mac McLelland, who’s reporting up a storm from the Gulf.  

The GINK Chronicles

Why is India the poster child for the population problem?

A market street in Chennai, India.Photo: mckaysavage via FlickrJulia Whitty has written a smart, nuanced cover story on population for Mother Jones.  She addresses the important issues, she connects the dots, she knows her stuff. …

Egger’s Head: The oil spill

There’s a lot going on in Robert Egger’s head. Just ask him. Which is exactly what we do on a regular basis. And who is this Robert Egger, you wonder? He is the Founder of …

Rinse. Spit. And have more mercury with your fish.

Mercury pollution from dental offices is contaminating your seafood

It seems innocent enough. Your dentist is giving you a new filling. You get some of those little metal slivers in your mouth and he tells you take a swig of water. Rinse and spit. …

Jolly Holiday

Ask Umbra’s pearls of wisdom on Memorial Day

Dearest readers, Ah, Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff of summer—even though we’re still rocking scarves and raincoats here at Grist HQ. To prep you for this glorious three-day weekend, I’ve sifted through the archives …

bike off, dude

When cyclists go uncensored

dustDesign Co.Now, we at Grist don’t like to encourage contests of “who art the greenest of them all,” but we think this tote bag (made of recycled cotton and soda bottles, natch) for the hardcore …

actually consumed by stuff

Couple buried alive under the weight of their own junk

Sure, most people living in the Western world could probably definitely do with consuming much, much less stuff. But this Chicago couple demonstrates the extreme: what can happen when a throwaway society like ours throws …

spit falls of public transit

Public service announcement: Don’t spit on the people transporting you

ghmss via Flickr Creative Commons Bus drivers put up with a lot of crap: cranky commuters in the early morning, drunk partiers late at night, and would-be passengers breathlessly demanding that they open-the-doors-right-this-minute-I-didn’t-chase-this-bus-three-blocks-for-nothing. Maybe even …

Seed it to believe it

Win some free ‘Dirt!’

Dearest readers, I’m giving away DVDs of Dirt! The Movie signed by the directors to eight lucky readers. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the film is a glorious ode to the “living skin of the …

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