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

it's electric

What’s better for zipping around town, electric carts or gas?

A reader kicks the tires on neighborhood electric vehicles. Umbra gets supercharged.

Living

Is it really OK to pour paint down the drain?

A reader wonders if it's really safe to wash his paint brushes in the sink. Umbra gives him the three-bucket challenge.

get the lead out

What’s the best way to dispose of an old car battery?

A reader's battery has shuffled off this mortal coil. Umbra says Mexican recycling plants make calamity of so long a life.

Living

Ask Umbra: Is the Ice Bucket Challenge a waste of water and money?

A reader wonders how much water has been wasted to raise money for ALS. Umbra says it's a drop in the bucket.

Living

Ask Umbra: Is “canned air” bad for the planet?

A reader threatens to use an air duster to clean her office. "Drop the spray can and step away from the computer," says Umbra. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Living

Ask Umbra: How can I green up my back-to-school shopping?

A reader frets that his buying binge could be bad for the planet. Umbra says this three-ring shopping circus can really get you in a bind.

Cities

Ask Umbra: Am I a bad person for wanting to flee to the suburbs?

A reader is considering running for the hills following a rash of shootings in his city neighborhood. Umbra breaks down his options.

Living

Ask Umbra: Will Teflon pans poison my food?

To stick or non to stick. That is the question. Umbra says 'tis nobler to stick.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s the most eco-friendly way to get rid of this sexy stubble?

Shaving? Waxing? Laser removal? What's an overly hirsute mammal to do? Umbra takes this question on the chin.

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