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Friday, January 29, 2016

Grist Environmental News

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Garbage-detecting vultures tackle Lima’s trash problem

As the saying goes, the early bird gets la basura.

5 percent of polluters create 90 percent of toxic emissions. Guess where they’re located?

A new study shows "toxic outliers" more likely to be located in communities of color.

What to know about the Zika virus outbreak, El Nino, and climate change

Scientists say a "perfect storm" of biological, economic, and climatic events triggered the epidemic.

Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate to oppose fracking

But even if he made it to the White House, he wouldn't actually be able to stop most of it.

What kind of to-go containers should I use at my new restaurant?

A budding eco-restaurateur wonders what her options are for to-go containers, so advice maven Umbra Fisk pulls up a seat at La Table du Leftovers.

Driverless cars: Utopian idea could lead to commute from Hell

Billions are being invested in autonomous vehicles. But is that a good thing?

Moving to a new city? Now’s the perfect time to upgrade your habits

A new study shows that it might be easier to adopt more eco-friendly habits after a major life transition.

Asian coal plants are causing acid rain in the U.S.

Mercury levels in rainfall are rising in central parts of North America, a new study shows.

Is Obama blocking smart hydropower development?

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski says the president is standing in the way of fully developing this renewable energy source. Is she right?

More Posts


It’s not just clean water: Flint’s undocumented immigrants can’t access medical lead testing

English-only materials and ID requirements for lead testing confound one of the most vulnerable populations in a city whose waters are poisoned.

Climate change is about to give these fuzzy creatures a rough wake-up call

Animals that rely on snow to stay warm in the winter are gonna be a lot colder when there's less snow around.

Maps show how sea-level rise will swallow Trump’s properties

Climate change will have a big effect on Donald Trump’s buildings in Florida and Hawaii. Listening now, Donnie Boy?

Climate change is already changing bird migration

Should we follow?

Why I blocked an oil train — and why you should engage in climate disobedience too

The shock of nonviolent civil disobedience is needed to make our political system function again.

Denmark preps for climate change by building parks that can transform into ponds

Let's hope this new water infrastructure plan puts the "cope" in Copenhagen.

Florida mayors to Marco Rubio: Stop ignoring climate change

Fifteen Florida leaders have a message for the presidential hopeful.

Doomsday Clock says the world is still pretty screwed despite the Paris accord

But don't worry -- this isn't a real clock, just a symbol of how freaked out people are.

This electric concrete melts snow on impact

Electrically heated concrete could make snow shovels obsolete. But is it sustainable?

Climate dystopia is here: Zika virus prompts calls for women to stop having babies

The virus is spread by mosquitoes — mosquitoes whose range increases as the temperature does.

How to tell the story of climate change, in photos

It's surprisingly hard to find images that illustrate the drama of climate change activism. A new study tries to understand why.

What do racism and poverty have to do with pollution and climate change?

Watch our video explain why environmental justice is a critical part of planning a green future that’s good for everyone.

If Mike Bloomberg really cares about climate change, he won’t run for president

The former mayor of New York is thinking of running as a third-party candidate -- which would help get a climate-denying Republican elected.

Bernie bashes Hillary on Keystone and other pipelines

At a candidate town hall, Sanders pointed out that he opposed Keystone from the start, unlike Clinton, and he opposes other oil pipelines too.

Hare today, food tomorrow: Snowshoe hares face climate change

After the snow melts, the hare's bright white coat attracts the attention of predators.

Record hot years near impossible without human-made climate change

There's just a 0.01 percent chance that recent run of global heat records could have happened due to natural climate variations, a new study shows.

Supreme Court does energy conservation a solid

Pound it, SCOTUS.

Black Lives Matters calls the Flint water crisis an act of “state violence”

The group released a statement of solidarity with the Michigan residents still suffering from a lead-contaminated water supply.