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

Ship Happens

You thought planes burned a lot of carbon? Say hello to cruise ships.

Could cruising be a low-carbon alternative to flying? Not so fast, says advice maven Umbra Fisk.

Shelf Improvement

These simple steps will make your refrigerator work better

Advice maven Umbra Fisk serves up some advice on saving money and energy in the kitchen.

Vitamin Eek

Is it safe to eat veggies grown near a busy city street?

Umbra Fisk offers advice to a city-dweller who's eager to plant a garden, but worried about the toxic effects of nearby traffic.

Lust for Life

Which birth control works best — and creates the least waste?

Which type of birth control produces the least waste (and the fewest kids)? Find out from advice maven Umbra Fisk.

Cool Runnings

Planning a trip? Here’s how to save energy at home while you’re gone.

How can you cut home energy use while you're on vacation? Advice maven Umbra Fisk offers tips just in time for summer.

Living

Putting on sunscreen? Read this first.

Here's how to safeguard your skin while still playing nice with the oceans.

No Butts About It

Your cigarettes literally kill everything

OK, not literally, but they are responsible for a whole lot of chemicals, pesticides, and clearcuts.

Counter Intuitive

What’s the best non-toxic alternative to bleach?

When a reader wonders if bleaching the kitchen counters is overkill, advice maven Umbra Fisk talks dirty.

Slick Snacks

Don’t look now, but the oil industry miiiight be poisoning your food

Some of the food you eat is probably irrigated with reused water from the oil industry. Bon appetit!