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

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!

Living

Don’t look now, but you emit too much — here’s how to stop

Americans emit way more than our fair share of carbon. Know where it comes from?

Carbon Footprints in the Sand

Does recycling glass do more harm than good?

Advice maven Umbra Fisk has a message (in a bottle) for beach-combers.

Bra None

I just bought a new bra. Could it be toxic?

When a breast-cancer survivor wonders whether she's just purchased toxic bras, advice maven Umbra Fisk offers support -- including tips on natural alternatives.

By the Yard

Spring is here! What should I do with the brush I clear?

Advice maven Umbra Fisk digs up some suggestions for a homeowner wondering how to clear his yard with a clear conscience.

Hot Water

How can I tell my roommate he takes too many showers?

A reader in California wants to berate his roommate over water usage, but advice maven Umbra Fisk says cooler heads should prevail.

Burning Question

Can you grow pot with LED lights?

With recent reports emphasizing the energy-sucking nature of the weed industry, a reader from Michigan wonders if LEDs could save the day.

Soil and Trouble

Are plastic soil beads safe for my plants?

A reader in Ontario wonders if plastic soil beads are safe for her plants, and advice maven Umbra Fisk digs in.

Seal or No Seal

Can I reseal my deck without hurting the local waterway?

A reader who lives near Puget Sound wonders how he can tackle a home improvement project with a clean conscience. Advice maven Umbra Fisk lays it on thick.