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

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Is climate change killing my California dream?

A reader wonders if Cali is going to dry up and blow away. Umbra sprinkles a little wisdom on the subject.

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Should I kill my weeds by peeing on them?

A reader wonders if urine will get rid of unwanted weeds. Umbra says, sadly, it's piss poor.

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How can I tell if a business is really “green”?

A reader wonders how to suss out a business's eco-cred. Umbra offers a few conversation starters.

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What’s the greenest way to read a book?

Paperbacks? E-readers? None of the above? Umbra knows volumes.

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Help me pack the greenest picnic basket

A reader is trying to avoid plastic picnicware. Umbra forks over the goods.

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What’s the most energy-efficient kind of light?

Candles? Curly-Q bulbs? LEDs? What's an eco-minded reader to do? Umbra's answer is brilliant.

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What is the greenest type of bike frame?

Steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber -- that is the question. Umbra tests the metals.

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What’s the greenest way to travel?

A reader wants to see the world without wrecking it. Umbra offers a few travel tips.

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Can I recycle all these plastic food wrappers?

A reader wonders what to do with the plastic his food comes wrapped in. Umbra says he's bin doing it all wrong.