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California’s carbon market is leaking

grist.org — California's landmark climate policy program - AB32, passed in 2006 and defended from ballot attack in 2010 - includes, among other measures, a statewide cap-and-trade system. The carbon market established by AB32 is now up and running. Unfortunately, some recent changes to the rules threaten to neuter that market, rendering its carbon reductions illusory, at least for several years.

Sorry, but your shrimp platter didn’t come from the Gulf

grist.org — We already knew about the mangroves. We knew about the bycatch and habitat destruction. Heck, we knew about the whole SLAVERY thing, but that didn't stop us from gobbling shrimp scampi like they're going extinct. And, still, we hoped there might be a better way.

This company invented a better soda can. Why isn’t anybody buying?

grist.org — Earlier this month, Novelis - the largest aluminum recycler in the world - opened up a brand new $260 million plant in Germany and set up shop to make the "evercan," a beverage can sourced from 90 percent recycled aluminum.
Oct 31, 2014

This company invented a better soda can. Why isn’t anybody buying? grist.org/list/this-comp… via @grist

Here’s the green, bike-loving candidate who could beat Scott Walker in Wisconsin

grist.org — According to the latest polls, Democrats might have a shot at defeating right-wing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and replacing him with a green-friendly bicycle executive. Perhaps no Republican politician has come to embody every liberal's worst fears about the Tea Party movement more than Walker.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @grist: Meet the green, bike-loving candidate who could beat Scott Walker in Wisconsin bit.ly/1wKUkut pic.twitter.com/n699EjZNem

Millennials, Monsanto wants to be your hipster friend

grist.org — Who knows what it is about millennials that makes them so ... significant when it comes to the marketing ploys of big companies. Maybe because there are 80 million of us, and we're all potential consumers. Somehow, though, millennials have become the generational equivalent to Shaft - always flying under the radar and impossibly cool.

Watch The Daily Show’s hilarious redubbed Koch ad

grist.org — Our romance with Jon Stewart is storied and long. And here's the thing with long romances: The passion ebbs and flows. Steamy nights in heart-shaped hot tubs in the Poconos quickly become tea-time Sundays with The Ethicist. Love never dies, exactly, but you find your wandering eye lingers on John Oliver a little too long.
Oct 30, 2014

Watch Jon Stewart’s hilarious takedown of a Koch ad -- and better, read @tedster's love letter to @TheDailyShow grist.org/list/watch-the…

The New Yorker food issue, ranked by kale factor

grist.org — In the New Yorker food issue, the word "kale" appears in 83 percent of the feature stories - including the fiction. Writer John Lanchester got his mention in while coining the term "compulsory kale," a phrase which feels deeply right.

Is carving jack-o-lanterns wasteful?

grist.org — Q. Between the bags of candy, scary movies, and pumpkins, Halloween is high on my list of favorite holidays. But it does all seem a bit wasteful. Am I unleashing some sort of environmental horror by buying and carving a pumpkin? What's the best way to be a responsible jack-o-lantern carver?

China’s latest fashion craze: Smog masks

grist.org — TREND ALERT: Air pollution may make the air in Beijing gray, odorous, and sickening - but that doesn't mean their fashion has to be! This week Beijing hosts China Fashion Week, and fashion designer Yin Peng's pollution-inspired face masks are almost as hot as the ones worn by Beijing's marathon runners.

What you need to know about the next big climate report

grist.org — The rumblings are starting: There's a big climate report on the way. But wait - you've heard this one before, right? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - its report already came out recently, didn't it? More than once, come to think of it?

How to eat local during the zombie apocalypse

grist.org — Admit it: You've been watching too many horror movies this week - which means you've probably also been planning your survival strategy for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Watch Mark Bittman talk almond milk, hamburgers, and more

grist.org — Watch Mark Bittman talk almond milk, hamburgers, and more We have a game we like to play with famous visitors to Grist World HQ. It's called Vs ., and it goes something like this: Famous person sits down. Gristers present visitor with two related words or ideas or songs.
Oct 30, 2014

"I'd rather see cows treated better, but I don't know that drinking almond milk is the answer to that." grist.org/food/watch-mar…

Oct 30, 2014

Me on @grist, on almond milk vs. dairy milk, sustainable beef vs. industrial corn, and other dilemmas of our time: bit.ly/1tFuUgI

Check out Superstorm Sandy in before-and-after GIFs

grist.org — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey.

Meet South Dakota’s surprisingly green Senate candidate

grist.org — South Dakota has 4.32 cows per capita, the most of any state. And you know what cows produce: methane. So you might not expect a Senate candidate in the state to propose cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions. But that's exactly what Rick Weiland is doing.

If you don’t kill your own meat, at least watch The Slaughter

grist.org — If you are an environmentally conscious foodie looking for a Halloween horror film, I've got just the one for you. From the start, The Slaughter - a 15-minute short film directed by Jason Kohl - is filled with foreboding. The Slaughter is about the father-son relationship on a small, outdoor hog operation.
Oct 29, 2014

If you don’t kill your own meat, at least watch The Slaughter grist.org/food/if-you-do… via @grist

How can we get power to the world’s poor fastest?

grist.org — In my previous post, I described the Scylla and Charybdis between which humanity must sail in the 21st century - energy poverty and climate change - and recounted a recent debate about how best to tack between them. This post digs a little deeper into that debate.

No, sorry, but Peru is not organic-food heaven

grist.org — I recently got an email from a reader asking me to check out a story entitled "Everything Is Organic & Non-GMO In Peru And Food Prices Are Insanely Cheap. This Is How." The reader asked me to investigate - although he also acknowledged that the piece was mostly a rant which, in typical internet fashion, didn't actually explain the "how" promised in the headline.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @nprDanCharles: Don't ever tell @savortooth about happy places with food for all. He'll investigate. grist.org/food/no-sorry-…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @nprDanCharles: Don't ever tell @savortooth about happy places with food for all. He'll investigate. grist.org/food/no-sorry-…

Oct 29, 2014

Don't ever tell @savortooth about happy places with food for all. He'll investigate. grist.org/food/no-sorry-…

Oct 27, 2014

No, we shouldn't be holding up Peru as a food system exemplar grist.org/food/no-sorry-…