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How to make energy programs work better (for free!)

I’ve written before (more than once) that energy reformers should pay more attention to behavior. Instead there is an almost universal obsession with technology and …

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The debut of My Intentional Life: Somewhat true stories of attempted sustainability

Welcome to My Intentional Life, Grist’s first original comic strip. In this debut episode, you’ll meet Gabriel Willow, and his pals Josh, Hunny, and Tracie, real-life …

Dropping the bomb

Is the population bomb ever going to explode? [AUDIO]

Environmentalists and human-rights advocates regularly point to a growing world population as a potential source of strife. But one environmental journalist doesn’t agree. Fred Pearce, …

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Ask Umbra asks readers for an accurate name for the oil spill

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I think we should stop calling it a spill. A spill is something that you can pick …

The GINK Chronicles

Want to join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

Art: Nina PaleyLes U. Knight (get it?) is the face and the force behind the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT, pronounced vehement).  Motto: “May we …

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UPDATED: McDonald’s new ad campaign: Is it localwashing or not?

[See UPDATE below.] McDonald’s has a new localwashing campaign playing out on billboards in Seattle.  This one targets the Ballard neighborhood … Photos: Gilman Park …

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Six drinks to avoid slipping down your gullet [SLIDESHOW]

Here at Grist we like to think we’re looking out for you guys, so before you stock up on refreshing sippables for your summer potlucks …

We Won't Accept More Poison For Less Carbon

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, and Ben Jealous, President of NAACP As Senators enter the final rounds of negotiations on the …

NOT YOUR TYPICAL C-SPAN CLIP

Crawfisher Drew Landry sings the ‘BP Blues’ to president’s Gulf spill commission

Testimony at commission hearings doesn’t usually go viral, but Drew Landry changed that this week when he serenaded President Obama’s oil-spill commission.    Landry, a 37-year-old …