Living

A meat-lover's guide to going vegetarian

Flesh choice: A meat lover’s guide to giving it up

Good for you? Check. Good for the planet? Check. But how to keep from falling off the meat wagon? Our carnivorous author commences an experiment in provisional vegetarianism.

Living

Ask Umbra: Can I have a kid and be car-free?

A reader wonders if she is depriving her child of life’s pleasures by choosing not to drive. Fortunately, Umbra wasn’t Bjorn yesterday.

Politics

Pinnacles in California named as 59th national park

But under Obama, far, far less land has been protected than under other recent presidents -- even George W. Bush.

Cities

Keeping a growing Austin green — and weird — is no easy task

Austin, Texas, grew a whopping 51.1 percent in 10 years. Is it possible for a city to grow quickly and retain its character? Lucia Athens, Austin's sustainability director, hopes so.

Living

Rum promoter won’t be allowed to hold shark-killing tournament

The moron pulled the same stunt in 1975 to celebrate the release of "Jaws."

Cities

Happy 25th anniversary, San Jose’s useless light rail!

God bless the South Bay for trying. But it isn't working.

Climate & Energy

The New York Times dissolves its environment desk

The news isn't necessarily as bleak as it sounds -- and probably reflects worse on its competitors.

Business & Technology

The sharing economy: Grist’s theme for January

When we start substituting sharing for buying, fascinating changes -- disruptions, opportunities, and maybe even climate benefits -- can follow. We'll explore them this month.

Living

The science of why comment trolls suck

A recent study suggests that pushing people's emotional buttons through derogatory comments only entrenches their preexisting beliefs.