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Umbra Fisk is Grist Research Associate II, Hardcover and Periodicals Unit, floors 2B-4B.

Living

Should I take notes on my laptop or with a notepad and pencil?

These students want to green up their study habits. Umbra gives them the Cliffs Notes.

Business & Technology

Are there any eco-friendly credit card companies?

A reader discovers that his credit card company is funding dirty energy. Umbra looks out for the planet's best interest.

Business & Technology

Is it greener to buy a new car or drive the old one into the ground?

A reader is feline unsure about buying a new, fuel-efficient car. Umbra says it's better to make the leap, and she's not lion.

Living

Should I run the bathroom fan while showering?

A reader wants to blow off some steam. Umbra says don't waste your energy.

sugar bowl

What’s lighter on the land, sugar beets or sugarcane?

A reader wonders where best to get her sugar fix. Umbra gets granular.

Living

Is video streaming greener than DVDs?

A reader frets that her home entertainment habits may be rubbing the climate the wrong way. Umbra scratches below the surface.

Living

What’s the safest way to take my baby on the bus?

A reader wants to take his baby on public transit. Umbra has some railly great advice.

Living

Where can I find the most eco-friendly surf gear?

A reader wonders if she can hang 10 without leaving the planet in the soup. Umbra steps into the green room.

Living

Is there such thing as guilt-free leather?

A reader wonders if faux leather is more ethical than the real stuff. Umbra says she could be suede.

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