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The New York Times calls Umbra Fisk "a trailblazer in the field of eco-advice columnists" and "the arch online sage of the new green age." Her latest passion: kale smoothies ... no, sorry, civic engagement, because getting political is the only way we'll get a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Ask Umbra a question here.

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.

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.

Putting on sunscreen? Read this first.

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