Living

Living

What’s better, synthetic or standard motor oil?

A reader wonders which lube he should use in his new car. Umbra has answers in a jiffy.

Food

Teen killed in New Orleans believed in the power of food justice and gardens

George Carter, 15, helped transform the New Orleans school lunch culture into a healthier environment before he was murdered.

Climate & Energy

Will South Florida be the shortest-lived state in the union?

The mayor of South Miami is fed up with Florida's refusal to address sea-level rise, which threatens to wipe out the southern end of the state.

Best Bette

Bette Midler knows the plastic we should REALLY be worried about (it’s not surgery)

Look who's calling attention to ocean plastics now -- the Divine Miss M herself!

Out of our Gourds

Pumpkins’ biggest threat isn’t Mischief Night or Billy Corgan

California's neverending drought spares no plant, animal, or holiday tradition. Its latest victim: pumpkins.

If it weren't for those meddling kids ...

These teens are taking their climate lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court

The premise of the case: The sky belongs to everyone, so governments must protect it.

Back bone connected to the coral bone

Turns out coral reefs could help mend human bones

Good thing we figured that out before we wiped them out completely.

Food

Watch Mark Bittman explain the virtues of fast food

Bittman's new cookbook explains, step-by-step, how to cut all the dilly-dallying out of meal-making.

Breathing Buildings

Bosco Verticale is Italian for dope urban treehouse

This just in: We no longer have to choose between living in the city or the forest.

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