Living

Climate Change

Nature, revised: In a brave new world, we write the rules

Eco-critic Ursula Heise talks about the tired stories we tell about the planet, and suggests that we find some new ones.

Animals

Wolverines refrigerate their food

Wolverines are loners, and they don’t like to share. They try not to hang out anywhere near other wolverines or other mammals, a social preference that some of us can relate to. And like other grumpy, anti-social creatures, wolverines do …

Living

This beer coaster can grow into a tree

It’s a little too easy to create a ton of waste while you’re getting wasted. Unless you’re near a store that provides growlers or you invest in a keg, drinking a lot of beer creates a lot of empty beer …

Population

Security hawks should be freaked about population growth

Civil conflicts tend to crop up in countries with lots of young people and not enough jobs. See: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and the Palestinian territories.

Cleantech

Levitating LED light bulb could easily be the coolest thing in your house

The internet is full of makers, creating homebrewed technology out of stuff they have lying around, but every so often someone makes a thing that I can totally see as the centerpiece of tomorrow’s science-fiction way of life. For instance, …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Should I buy a refurbished laptop for college?

A reader asks if it does the planet any good to buy a used computer rather than a new one. Umbra takes a byte out of the question.

Living

This kid is Grist’s new hero

This photo is from 2011, but we just saw it going around the internet, and we kind of want a poster to hang up in the office. 

Living

Spectacular image of the Southern Lights from space

If you need an excuse to love the planet, just hang around NASA’s site for a while — the images they post make it kind of hard not to feel awed about the Earth.

Living

‘Water cafe’ sells filtered bottled tap water and nothing else

Bottled water is often just tap water in a bottle. A new store is basing their entire business plan on that concept: They sell nothing but bottled tap water.