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As Rod Is My Witness

Help! My closet has been invaded by wire hangers.

Got a closet full of wire hangers? Advice maven Umbra Fisk says you don't have to be clothes-minded about it.

Landfill 'er up?

What’s worse, burning plastic or sending it to a landfill?

When it comes to pesky, non-recyclable plastics, should we bury or burn? Advice maven Umbra Fisk tosses out a few ideas.

Nary a Drop to Drink

When I travel, is bottled water the best option?

A reader getting ready to live abroad wonders how to find potable water. Advice maven Umbra Fisk says the power is in his hands.

Tanks But No Tanks

Is there a non-toxic way to get rid of hard water stains?

A British reader wonders how to get ride of limescale in her loo. Once advice maven Umbra Fisk figures out what that means, she drops a load of advice.

That's Offal

Can we reduce meat’s climate impact by eating more animal parts?

A reader wonders if looking beyond choice cuts would lessen a carnivore's carbon footprint. Advice maven Umbra Fisk wags her tongue.

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.