Gristmill

westward ho

A plan to get solar headed in the right direction — literally

It’s OK to discriminate on orientation when it comes to solar panels. West is best.

Climate & Energy

India may be the next big polluter to announce a climate plan

India is the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the U.S., and now it's cooking up a new climate action strategy.

on the level

Seas are rising in weird, new ways

New research shows that seas are rising faster in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to climate change. (Sucks for you once again, Global South!)

Planes, bikes, and pedestrians

Of course Portland wants you to bike to the airport

Cycling to PDX can even offset about 1 percent of your flight's carbon emissions.

Climate & Energy

Why this U.N. climate summit is especially important

There's more optimism than usual about the two-week negotiating session in Lima, Peru.

Cities

Cheap gas will make Thanksgiving traffic even worse this year

Cheap gas is not a good thing for the climate -- or for pre-Thanksgiving gridlock.

sweet hotel, alabama

Alabama wants to use Gulf restoration funds to build a $60 million beachfront hotel

The hotel was destroyed six years before the BP oil spill but could get millions in restoration funds anyway.

Climate & Energy

Chevron wants to fund science class. What could go wrong?

Some teachers aren't having it.

Politics

Europe’s plastic bag rule is a breath of fresh air

The compromise aims to cut single-use bags by 80 percent.

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