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D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Battle hymns for today’s activists

grist.org — Unless you are a member of the Koch family empire, or someone who voted to keep the Koch family empire in power, 2014 sucked. That is, it sucked until this week, when America received a great dose of medicine for our melancholy: Black Messiah, the surprise album by musical genius D'Angelo that dropped early Monday morning after a 14-year disappearance from the musical world.
Dec 17, 2014

D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Battle hymns for today’s activists -- by @brentinmock grist.org/living/dangelo…

Dec 17, 2014

D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Battle hymns for today’s activists grist.org/living/dangelo… More good stuff from @brentinmock.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @dumbledarb: D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Hope in the face of our many addictions grist.org/living/dangelo… strong work from @brentinmock

Dec 17, 2014

D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Hope in the face of our many addictions grist.org/living/dangelo… strong work from @brentinmock

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Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

grist.org — Last week, I mentioned in passing that Seattle is in the midst of a full-spectrum transportation fustercluck. It has since come to my attention that some Grist readers are unfamiliar with the fustercluck in question, even though it recently made The New York Times and NPR. This cries out for remedy.
Dec 17, 2014

Seattle's unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck - grist.org/cities/seattle… via @dominicholden

Dec 17, 2014

.@drgrist wrote an astonishingly amazing article about Seattle's failed attempts at fixing a transit nightmare grist.org/cities/seattle…

Dec 17, 2014

ICYMI: Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck grist.org/cities/seattle…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @bruce_arthur: This. Is. Bananas. RT @drgrist: My new post: Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck grist.org/cities/seattle…

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Cuomo bans fracking in NY and questions climate science all in one day

grist.org — It was a long time coming, but, finally, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday afternoon that he will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state. It's a major win for fracking opponents.
Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo bans fracking in NY and questions climate science all in one day grist.org/climate-energy…

Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is

grist.org — Driving an electric car feels good: You're not burning gasoline, and you're avoiding its attendant ills, like poisoning your community and contributing to climate change. But, when you take into account where the electricity that powers your car comes from, it turns out that those warm fuzzies might be baseless.
Dec 17, 2014

Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is zite.to/13cKYMP

Dec 17, 2014

Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is: grist.org/news/your-elec…

Watch this guy explain the science behind climate deniers

grist.org — A lot of people people still don't believe in climate change. But WHY?! We've got facts, we've got figures, we've got freaking superstorms swamping major cities every couple of years. Why is it so difficult for people to get climate change through their thick skulls?!
Dec 17, 2014

Watch this guy explain the science behind climate denial grist.org/climate-energy… This is really quite good.

How to be a science girl in a Barbie world

grist.org — I have been thinking a lot about women and science - specifically, why more of the former aren't working in the latter, and what can be done to change that. Why does this matter? In short, diversity in science is a very good thing.
Dec 17, 2014

i love nothing more than writing 1000s of words on sexism, so i'm kicking off a new series on women in science: grist.org/living/how-to-…

Obama’s latest green move: Banning drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

grist.org — President Obama took another step today to build up his green legacy, just the latest in a recent string of pro-environment actions. He protected Alaska's Bristol Bay, a major environmental and economic resource, by withdrawing the waters indefinitely from future oil and gas drilling.
Dec 17, 2014

Don't drill, baby, don't drill: Obama bans drilling in Bristol Bay Alaska, world's largest salmon run. grist.org/news/obamas-la… via @grist

Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

Obama’s latest green move: Banning drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay: grist.org/news/obamas-la…

The very first thing the new Republican Senate will do is try to push through Keystone

grist.org — Once Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) becomes Senate majority leader next month, his first order of business will be to hold a vote on authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline, he said on Tuesday. If it passes, that would force President Obama to either approve or veto the bill, and thus the pipeline, before he is ready to.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @LippoldS: The very first thing the new Republican Senate will do is try to push through Keystone grist.org/news/the-very-… via @grist

Dec 17, 2014

The very first thing the new Republican Senate will do is try to push through Keystone: grist.org/news/the-very-…

Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more

grist.org — It was the late 1970s and Theo Colborn was, like pretty much everyone else in the '70s, getting divorced. She was in her 50s and already retired from a career as a pharmacist.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @lisalsong: RIP Theo Colborn, who always patiently explained complex science to me, even when I was just an intern. grist.org/business-techn…

Dec 16, 2014

RIP Theo Colborn, the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more grist.org/business-techn… @strangerworks for @grist

Dec 16, 2014

Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more grist.org/business-techn… via @grist

Dec 16, 2014

Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more grist.org/business-techn… via @grist

Dec 16, 2014

Saddened to learn of the death of Theo Colburn. Along with Rachel Carson, she was an inspiration to me. ow.ly/FZazX

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Psst, Congress, you have a little food stuck in your Cromnibus

grist.org — Congress has just passed the so-called Cromnibus - a giant $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government programs running. Last year, as you may remember, Republicans tried to force some of their favorite legislative issues by refusing to pass a spending bill - and ultimately shut down the government.

When the Cards of Humanity folks say they’re going to sell you bullshit they mean it

grist.org — Cards Against Humanity hates Black Friday. That's why this year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the fun-loving maker of "the party game for terrible people" cleared out its online store, offering only one item for sale: a $6 box of bullshit. Real bullshit. Like pasteurized cattle poops from a Texas ranch.
Dec 16, 2014

On Black Friday, the only thing Cards Against Humanity sold in its online store was a small box of bullshit: grist.org/list/when-the-…

American cities have bigger things to worry about than gentrification

grist.org — To read the popular press, you'd think that America's suburban era is over, fully replaced by a fashion for living in inner-cities. The constant stories in leading national publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times, document the artist and young professional-led revival of the latest impoverished New York neighborhood, the flowers blooming in an unlikely Rust Belt bastion like Pittsburgh, or even the signs of hope in hopeless Detroit.
Dec 15, 2014

RT @badler: Most American cities are more like Hartford than New York, and most of New York isn't like 'New York.' grist.org/cities/america…

Dec 15, 2014

"Spreading and deepening concentrations of poverty is a much more common urban problem" than gentrification grist.org/cities/america…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @badler: If each of NYC's boroughs were its own city, the Bronx would be the nation’s 2nd most impoverished, and Brooklyn 22nd grist.org/cities/america…

Dec 15, 2014

American cities have bigger things to worry about than gentrification grist.org/cities/america… 1000X YES to this @badler post.

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This doomed Alaskan village shows just how unprepared we are for climate change

grist.org — It's a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven't opened yet, and the new principal is hurriedly buttering toast in the kitchen for the students' breakfasts.
Dec 16, 2014

This doomed Alaskan village shows just how unprepared we are for climate change grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist

Dec 15, 2014

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Dec 15, 2014

RT @PalmerBrian: This Alaskan village shows how unprepared we are for climate change. Great piece by @kate_sheppard grist.org/climate-energy…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @drgrist: This doomed Alaskan village shows just how unprepared we are for climate change grist.org/climate-energy… Stellar work from @kate_sheppard!

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The world’s first solar menorah

grist.org — Chanukah is all about fuel efficiency, so it seems appropriate that the town of Woodstock, N.Y., now has a solar-powered menorah. The menorah, one of the big electrical kinds that progressive towns put up next to their Christmas trees in order to be inclusive, has always spent the holiday season standing around unlit, because there's nowhere to plug it in on Woodstock's Village Green.
Dec 16, 2014

"Chanukah is all about fuel efficiency, so it's appropriate that Woodstock, N.Y., now has a solar-powered menorah." grist.org/list/2011-12-2…

Trees are fed up with our carbon, refuse to grow faster

grist.org — Scientists have long expected extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to boost tree growth - the climate-changing waste product of our fuel-burning ways is plant food, after all. But a new study suggests that trees in tropical rainforests around the world are not in fact growing any faster, even as CO2 levels in the air shoot past 400 parts per million.

Congress wants you to know that food has nothing (nothing!) to do with the environment

grist.org — Every five years since 1980, a group of government-appointed nutritionists have put together a hearty buffet of semi-obvious nutritional advice in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the last 35 years, the list hasn't changed much: A colorful brochure dotted with helpful tips like "eat a variety of foods," "avoid too much fat," and, "if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation."
Dec 16, 2014

RT @grist: Congress wants you to know that food has nothing (nothing!) to do with the environment buff.ly/1swJQjs pic.twitter.com/EWzukUvKj2

Reducing food waste takes more than finishing your plate

grist.org — In southeast Costa Rica near the Panamanian border, there's a group of farmers growing bananas and cocoa without pesticides. Two indigenous groups work communally owned land in the buffer zone surrounding La Amistad National Park. Their cooperative is called the Talamanca Small Farmers Association.
Dec 15, 2014

Food waste: Like everything else, it's different for the rich and poor, as @SavorTooth explains in @grist grist.org/food/reducing-…

Dec 15, 2014

Reducing food waste is more than cleaning yr plate - food processing, preservatives & international trade grist.org/food/reducing-… via @grist

Watch E.O. Wilson explain the meaning of human existence, in 6 minutes

grist.org — When noted biologist and public intellectual E.O. Wilson visited the Grist offices touting his new book The Meaning of Human Existence, we took the opportunity to ask him: Well? What is it? What followed was a deep and often funny conversation about who we are, where we came from, and why Interstellar is a poor example of melding science with the humanities (burn, Nolans).