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Past articles by Amber:

On This Reservation, Cannabis Is the New Casino –

In Washington State, an enterprising Native American tribe is betting big on bud. Not everyone thinks it’s such a brilliant idea. → Read More

How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal -- and winning

A Grist fellow visited the Lummi Nation, to find out how the tribe has been able to successfully push back (so far) against Big Coal. → Read More

People: Stop getting your panties in a wad about 'fake' charity clothing bins

The donation boxes have been condemned as public nuisances, magnets for graffiti and crime, and fire hazards. In fact, they're a logical response to our over-consumption. → Read More

These amazing animated maps show cities on the move

Powered by chips in our smartphones, they give us a more nuanced look at human movement than we've ever had before. → Read More

This rogue bicycle pony express delivered mail in 1894

The Pullman rail strike in Illinois cut off all rail service west of Detroit, leaving California train-less and mail-less. → Read More

With Dov Charney gone, these are the only clothes made by dangerous animals

Lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) are ripping into the fashion world, one pair of jeans at a time. → Read More

This climate-denying rapper is about as dope as you'd expect

Meet Kilez More, the Austrian rapper who entertains Heartland Institute conferences with 'killer' rhymes about evil climate scientists. → Read More

Join us for a bumpy ride through Uber's myriad challenges

Ride along with Uber’s twists and turns in this interactive infographic. → Read More

Gay rights activists ally with greens in the climate fight

Queers for the Climate is a new activist group focused on "saving the straights" (and the planet) from imminent environmental ruin. → Read More

The oil boom in one slick infographic

There's a mess of oil (and oil data) out there. This nifty interactive infographic will help you make sense of it all. → Read More

This pop-up solar station looks like Optimus Prime, goes anywhere, and has wifi

The Ecos Powercube brings energy, water, and communications to remote places without using fossil fuels -- all packed into a shipping container. → Read More

Beekeepers are breeding a race of superbees at the Seattle airport

As more hives fall to colony collapse disorder, these pioneers are on a mission to create pollinators that are adapted to survive in the Pacific Northwest. → Read More

Why we’re watching this climate scientist turned socialist politician

Jess Spear was a driving force behind the $15 minimum wage campaign in Seattle, and now she's running for the Washington State Legislature. → Read More

The misadventures of eco-comedian Kristina Wong will make you LOL

From buying vegetable oil in back alleys to using ridesharing to pick up dates, Wong finds the funny (and absurd) in green livin'. → Read More

Reforming fashion, one killer dress at a time

Yael Aflalo's label The Reformation is a sustainable clothing company with a high-couture twist. → Read More

What do a mathlete and a mountain climber have in common?

Answer: They're Grist fellows. And they need your support to help fund the next generation of bright, young storytellers. → Read More

Find climate change terrifying? Stephen Colbert has a refreshing solution

Stephen Colbert has a surprisingly simple suggestion for dealing with apocalyptic climate change. → Read More

Cities to suburbs: Where’s the transit love? Suburbs to cities: Where’s the bus?

After suburban voters torpedoed a tax to fund bus service in the Seattle Metro area, transit activists grapple with the sad reality: Maybe the ‘burbs just weren’t designed for buses. → Read More

5 exciting new ways New York can deal with storm surges and rising seas

The competition Rebuild By Design challenges designers to reimagine flood solutions in and around New York → Read More

Hemp is having its moment. Meet the miracle plant's biggest champion

In a new book, Doug Fine argues hemp is the key to a food and energy revolution. → Read More