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Jim Webb sucks on climate change

grist.org — One day in 1983, Jim Webb borrowed the local news studio at an ABC affiliate in Eau Claire, Wis., to videotape himself on VHS giving a 14-minute speech about how he might run for president in 2016. He then buried the tape in a cornfield.

The public is wrong on climate, as it was on slavery, women’s rights

grist.org — The latest public opinion study out of Yale's Project on Climate Change Communication has all the usual hints of optimism we've seen in the Project's many other climate reports. According to " Climate Change in the American Mind," released this week, a majority of Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, funding research for renewable energy, yada, yada.
Nov 24, 2014

The public is wrong on climate, as it was on slavery, women’s rights grist.org/politics/the-p…

Nov 22, 2014

Wld be easy to poke fun at US right but contradictions in climate views not limited to the US or to conservatives grist.org/politics/the-p…

Nov 21, 2014

Here’s @brentinmock explaining why public opinion does not always good public policy make… grist.org/politics/the-p… in @grist

Nov 21, 2014

From @brentinmock: The public is wrong on climate, as it was on slavery, women’s rights grist.org/politics/the-p…

Keystone “trade” talk is still empty nonsense

grist.org — Several people have asked me to comment on the notion, flying all over political media at the moment, that Obama might use Keystone XL as a bargaining chip to trade in exchange for Republican support for ... something else. This kind of talk has been around for as long as Keystone XL has been on the political agenda.

Bright ideas for biking at night

grist.org — There's a guy who rides his bike on the streets of Seattle dressed up like a crossing guard who just had a run-in with a Christmas tree. The locals call him as High Vis Man. I used to snigger when he rode past, until I was hit by a car while riding home from work last summer.
Nov 21, 2014

So remember when I got tagged by a car while riding my bike last summer? Here’s how you can avoid doing the same: grist.org/living/bright-…

Are your urban veggies really toxic?

grist.org — Earlier this week, we reported on a study that looked at whether heavy metals in soil, including lead, were making their way into vegetables grown in urban farms and gardens.
Nov 21, 2014

Are urban veggies really toxic? (Short answer: Sometimes. But there’s more to the story.) grist.org/food/are-your-… @LizLouiseCore for @grist

How do Whole Foods’ $6 cupcakes help Detroit’s urban poor?

grist.org — When I was in Detroit this summer, I found myself in a neighborhood that was like a narrow wedge cut out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and lowered gently onto Michigan Avenue. I was stunned to find this place, although I don't know why - the forces that made Williamsburg (and whatever preceded Williamsburg) are on the move, so why wouldn't they be here too?
Nov 21, 2014

How do Whole Foods’ $6 cupcakes help Detroit’s urban poor? @strangerworks on @TMMcMillan's great piece grist.org/food/how-do-wh… via @grist

Calling fowl: How to pick the most humane turkey for Thanksgiving

grist.org — Once upon a time, in a land called the grocery store, customers could walk right in, grab a turkey, and take it home for Thanksgiving. The only choice to make was about size: big, huge, or insanely enormous?

Hey Big Soda, stop targeting black and Latino kids

grist.org — Big Soda, you scoundrels. In the past couple of years, the beverage industry has actually specifically targeted black and Latino youth, a demographic more prone to developing some of the chronic illnesses linked to drinking soda, like diabetes, than their white counterparts. For shame, Big Soda. For shame!
Nov 21, 2014

Big Soda is deliberately targeting black & latino kids, with devastating health effects. grist.org/list/hey-big-s…

No surprise, October was the hottest one ever

grist.org — It's cold outside, which means it'll soon be time for the annual rousing chorus of climate change denial from people who think snow means global warming is fake. Good thing NOAA is here to help. Today the agency released two new maps illustrating that even if you're cold right now, the planet is still getting hotter.
Nov 21, 2014

Ehh it surprised most of the Eastern Time Zone. RT @grist: Surprising no one, this October was the hottest one ever bit.ly/1yYuxxO

Nov 21, 2014

No surprise, October was the hottest one ever grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist Snow in Buffalo, but rising heat globally.

Republicans were wrong about China’s climate commitment

grist.org — Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that "the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years."

Within two years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

grist.org — It often surprises people to hear that big companies like Exxon use a " shadow carbon price " when assessing future investment opportunities (in other words, they assume a price on carbon even where/when there isn't one).
Nov 21, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist

Nov 21, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist

Nov 20, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist

Nov 19, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced grist.org/climate-energy… via @grist

Nov 19, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced grist.org/climate-energy… @drgrist in @grist

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Here’s why Hawaii’s anti-GMO laws matter

grist.org — On Election Day two weeks ago, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai, approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. This decision, by one small county, could throw a monkey wrench into the entire production system for genetically engineered seeds.

Robots have done unspeakable things to your steak

grist.org — Even when I was a vegetarian, I ate steak. It was always when I was trapped at the kind of event, like a wedding, where I had learned the hard way that "vegetarian option" was code for "four raviolis unearthed from the back of a deep freezer."