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Russ Walker is a former Grist.org editor.

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  • Science in the planet’s interest

    The White House today announced the members of President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. The distinguished group will be co-lead (unsurprisingly) by John Holdren, the president’s top science adviser and an environmental science expert. Other climate/energy experts on the panel include: Rosina Bierbaum, a widely-recognized expert in climate-change science and ecology, is […]

  • First day on the job!

    It’s hard to tell, but that’s Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford standing atop a construction crane mast as Greenpeace activists display a banner near the State Department in Washington, D.C.Greenpeace / Tim AubryPhil Radford spent his first day on the job as Greenpeace USA’s new executive director getting himself arrested by staging a bit of […]

  • Taking Neil Young’s latest album out for a spin

    In 2006, Neil Young released a powerful political album, “Living With War” — an 11-track screed against the Iraq misadventure and the folly of sending young people off to die in faraway lands. It felt immediate, like Young had recorded it in a hurry, harkening back to CSNY’s rapid-fire release of “Ohio” within a few […]

  • The secret history of Earth Day

    If 40 years of Earth Days have taught us anything, um … While the Earth Day movement has had undeniable successes, critics charge that, uh … Whatever, screw it. Here’s the “real” story (with jokes!): 1970: Twenty million Americans celebrate the first Earth Day, but bloggers opine that it’s just a fad and will be […]