Green Home

Experiment in (e)co-habitation gets the green light

It looks like a hippie commune. It smells like a hippie commune. But the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is not a hippie commune!

Writing on the Wall: Street artists transform the urban landscape

Street artists see the city as their canvas

The artist Gaia is part of a young generation using art to revitalize cities, engage residents, and connect to the past.


Soiled diapers can now end up as roof tiles

Babies! They use so much energy that the best thing you could do to save the human race from climate change might be to avoid having one altogether. But if you choose the reproductive path, at least the 6,000 poopy diapers …

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Will more attention to climate change bring back ‘population control’?

I'm afraid that attention to climate will revive alarmist debates on population. And as a woman of color, I'm worried that the specter of population control will rear its ugly head again.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is the reason kids don't go outside anymore

Only one in 10 kids goes outside every day. It's hard to see how this is possible, unless the other 90 percent are Morlocks, but maybe shuttling between the front door and the air-conditioned interior of mom and dad's SUV …

Green Home

Will new LEED standards allow for clearcut timber?

Environmentalists say that proposed changes to LEED green building standards will undercut forest protection.


Ask Umbra: What's up with plastic made from plants?

Grist's new head honcho can't get his head around compostable, plant-based plastic. Umbra breaks it down.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Where’s the contraceptive for overconsumption? [VIDEO]

"What we need to really find for the future is the contraceptive for overconsumption," says Mother Jones reporter Julia Whitty in this PBS video.

Green Home

This amazing off-grid hobbit house cost less than $5,000 to build

Self-taught builder Simon Dale constructed this straight-out-of-a-fantasy-novel house in four months for less than $5,000. The house is designed for low-impact building and low-impact living: it was made from reclaimed lumber and salvaged materials, and the Dales live off the …