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Climate & Energy

What I would like to say in the New York Times

I’m going to pretend that instead of a silly article diagnosing a pretend disease in The New York Times, I was given a chance to speak on the op-ed pages of the Times. Ignoring for a moment how unlikely that …

Living

A review of disposable eco-diapers

We got you covered. After having my first child this summer, I learned one thing right off the bat: The only thing I craved more than a good, long nap was a good, strong nappy. I had heard tales from …

Living

Global recession? Must be time for the media’s alternative-energy backlash

My father used to say of his profession that newspaper editors are the people who come down from the mountaintop at the end of the battle and shoot the wounded. A massive credit crunch and a drop in the price …

Living

The word of Lahde

The internets have been having lots of fun with a farewell letter sent by Andrew Lahde, who ran the hedge fund Lahde Capital Management. That fund was up 870 percent last year, so Lahde decided, screw it, he’s rich enough …

Cities

Umbra on straw-bale homes

Dear Umbra, Do you recommend building straw bale homes? And/or can you insulate an existing home with straw bales on the outside of the home and then finish it using siding, wood, or stucco? I wonder why this renewable, economical, …

Business & Technology

Electric Mini Cooper coming to the U.S.

What’s cute and teeny and charged up? An electric Mini Cooper, which BMW will unveil at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Even more exciting — especially if you are among “select private and corporate customers” — a 500-vehicle …

Cities

Architecture 2030’s challenge targets would provide five times the energy as offshore and nuclear

Because America’s energy crisis is adversely impacting our economy and national security, it is critical to take a realistic look at the energy solutions currently being proposed by politicians, industry, and the media. Architecture 2030 in its latest E-News Bulletin …

Living

From Summer to Starr

Heel the world Summer Rayne Oakes and Payless make quite the pair … of shoes. The duo are stepping up to offer a line of eco-friendly kicks made from organic cotton, hemp, and recycled materials — all at a price …

Living

Gas-efficient and diesel ‘city’ cars are creating a buzz

This Guardian story was written by reporter Bibi van der Zee. Grist is a member of the Guardian’s Environment Network. —– The Paris Motor Show is so dazzling, so enormous and so festooned with models, champagne bars and plasma screens …