revenge is sweet (crude)

Black BP out of the web like BP blacked out the Gulf of Mexico

If you’re feeling outraged but impotent about the effect of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico, the internet (or some paint and an ad poster) can offer a little catharsis. Web developer jess3 …

Oil Vey!

Ask Umbra on 8 things you can do to fight the Gulf oil spill

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, This oil spill has really gotten me down. Countless millions of gallons flowing into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and no end in sight. The leak just …

We'll spell it out for you

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. 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 …