More Articles


Ask Umbra: How can I green up my back-to-school shopping?

A reader frets that his buying binge could be bad for the planet. Umbra says this three-ring shopping circus can really get you in a bind.

Climate & Energy

Sort of like the love train, but with a rapping polar bear

From Emeryville, Calif., to the Big Apple, by rail, for the big September climate rally. It only takes three days. But there are workshops!


What to do with an overload of chard

Learn how to prep and use (lots of) Swiss chard -- a savory slab galette with Gruyère is a great place to start.

Language lessons

No, climate change won’t kill the planet. But it’ll kill plenty of people.

This new slogan -- "It's not warming, it's dying" -- is bad in so many ways.


Copenhagen’s newest bike lane totally rules

The famously cycle-friendly city has just outdone itself with a cool elevated roadway.


The little seed library that could … get busted by a state ag department

A modest local effort to build a seed library in Pennsylvania calls down the wrath of the state's farm regulators.

highway to smell

Bacon-fueled motorcycle goes whole hog

When will the bacon craze sizzle out?

Back in the Hobbit

The world’s first official climate refugees land in New Zealand

New Zealand accepts a refugee family from Tuvalu hoping to escape their sinking island nation.

The Fault Is Mine

This giant Canadian mine spill doesn’t make us feel good about Alaska’s Pebble Mine

A copper tailings pond discharged more than 10 million cubic meters of waste into nearby water, threatening an important salmon spawning ground.

Got 2.7 seconds?

We've devised the world's shortest survey to find out what kind of actions our readers are taking. You know you want to.