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Politics

Letter from prison: Tim DeChristopher speaks

From a prison in Utah, climate activist Tim DeChristopher speaks out with a handwritten letter to Grist extolling the power of words.

Green Living Tips

Liner notes: Ask Umbra on ditching garbage bags

What if making more waste just isn't your bag? Ask Umbra gets trashed to find out.

Critical List: Hurricane Irene headed for East Coast; EPA totally creates jobs

East Coasters may not know what do in an earthquake, but a hurricane's coming, too. That, we know about. The Obama administration is looking into "leasing" nuclear fuel from other countries, which would let American plants use the uranium, then return it for disposal once the fuel is spent. It’s like a bottle-return program, but with much higher stakes. Chinese consumers want cars, not those namby pamby EVs. 

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra on whether balloons are eco-friendly

Is there such a thing as a balloon that doesn't blow? Ask Umbra bursts a few bubbles.

Biking

Living large — and healthy — on the bike

Bicycle transportation, despite its importance to anti-obesity campaigns, isn't necessarily a recipe for weight loss. It is, however, exactly what public health advocates should be promoting instead: An excellent way to get and stay healthy, no matter what your body type.

Meet the new water toxins, same as the old water toxins

Assuming it doesn't get cockblocked by industry or shut down by Michele Bachmann, the EPA is going to start regulating some gross stuff that hangs out in your water -- not because these are new toxins, but because they're finally being allowed to do something about the old ones. Forbes has a rundown on what you've been drinking, and how to stop drinking it anymore.

Sustainable Food

Is your cheese killing the planet?

Cheese can take a heavy toll on the climate, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group. Get hints for eco-friendly cheese consumption.

Green Living Tips

Holy sheet! Ask Umbra on printers

Inkjet? Laser? What’s an eco-conscious person to use when hard copy is a necessity? Ask Umbra spells it out for you.

Living

When collaborative consumption goes bad

Sharing networks are all the rage, but sometimes things go awry, as in the recent case of a woman who rented out her apartment via Airbnb and returned to find it trashed.

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