Living

Cities

Why doesn't the U.S. government allow teleworking when it's hot?

Feds are allowed to stay home when it snows, but not when it's so hot that the pavement is literally melting. Wha?

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: Wake me up, I'm wearing a nightgown

I tried to punch up this thrift store dress with braided hair, huge earrings, and bright red lipstick, but it still bores me to sleep. The reaction in my office: crickets chirping.

Grist dared me to make a change

Viva veggies: Feast at dinner, famine at lunch

Veggie challenge check-in: Dinner's easy -- I'm married to a great cook. Breakfast is also easy. But I can't seem to fill up at lunch.

Food

Why is Michelle Obama’s food initiative promoting Walmart?

At Michelle Obama's event announcing that several retailers will open stores in "food deserts," James Gavin said he'd like to see Walmart double its U.S. store count.

Business & Technology

Critical List: Operators say the grid can handle the heat; green tech investment down

Grid operators say they're ready to handle the extra load that air conditioners and other cooling devices will put on electricity supplies during the heat wave. Venture capitalists invested less money on green tech projects last quarter; they're hot on …

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: I melted a shirt. Seriously.

I was feeling really positive about my latest thrift-store outfit. That was before I accidentally melted the blouse with my iron.

Grist dared me to make a change

Trashtivist: My garbage, in perspective

As I send my Trashtivist garbage bag off to the landfill, I wonder if that's the kind of protest that really makes a difference these days.

Climate & Energy

Everything that's wrong with our oil-soaked industrial economy, in one amazing poster

Max Temkin is a brand designer for, among others, Barack Obama. You can buy prints of this poster here, or at least you could until it sold out because it is f*cking amazing.

Cities

Toilet 2.0 will turn waste into energy, fertilizer, and clean water

Think poop is funny? Well, it’s DEADLY SERIOUS. Here are the unsavory facts about poor sanitation infrastructure, according to the Gates Foundation: 2.6 billion lack access to safe toilets. Food and water that's come in contact with waste leads to …