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Inside climate activists’ uneasy relationship with ‘net-zero’
How the logic of carbon neutrality got “lit on fire” by big polluters.
grist on Climate Crisis
23 Predictions for 2023
Climate experts share their takes on where to look for progress in extreme weather, emissions, electrification, justice, and more.
As private weather forecasting takes off, who is left behind?
Private weather forecasting can help save lives – in the communities that can afford it
grist on Environment
Major fashion brands linked to deforestation in the Amazon, report finds
Obscure supply chains connect at least 100 companies to illegal logging and land clearing in Brazil.
The plastics industry says bags are recyclable. California’s AG wants proof.
“Let’s see the evidence.”
grist on Future Cities
Cities are investing billions in new sewage systems. They’re already obsolete.
The use of decades-old rainfall estimates do not reflect current – let alone future – climate risk.
Cities' biggest obstacle to flood-proofing isn’t money: It’s 50-year-old rainfall data.
Cities say they can’t build infrastructure for tomorrow’s storms using yesterday’s data.
grist on Future Of Cars
The mental block preventing people from buying electric vehicles
A new study found people greatly underestimate how many of their daily tasks an EV could support.
Batteries are getting cheap. So why aren't electric vehicles?
In 2015, the average price paid for an EV was around $36,000. Now, it's over $63,000.
grist on Housing
In Michigan, a new housing project shows that sustainable development isn't only for the rich
Urban planners see it as a building model in a climate-conscious world.
grist on Renewable Energy
Beyond solar: Here's what the clean energy future might look like
Five scenes show how direct air capture, carbon capture, and hydrogen hubs could be integrated into the U.S. economy.
To get off fossil fuels, America is going to need a lot more electricians
Homeowners in California are struggling to find electricians. The shortage does not bode well for efforts to "electrify everything."
grist on World
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual
Bitcoin is on track to consume 0.5 percent of the world’s electricity by end of the year.
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The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?
The air is clear, the roads are clear, and dammit greenhouse gases are stubborn.
Oil companies say they're going green, but their investments tell another story
A new report found that they spent $750 million last year on climate-friendly marketing.
How foraging for edible plants helped me connect with my roots
What started as foraging for mugwort in New York City became a lesson in migration and belonging.
Indigenous Ogiek win 'landmark' reparations ruling from African Court
The decision could set a precedent for other Indigenous peoples who have been violently removed from their lands.
How climate change spurs megadroughts
The curious connection between the sky’s “thirstiness” and dry spells.
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