Living

Population

One weird old trick for population control: Aspirin

You may have heard that Rick Santorum financial backer Foster Friess proposed one weird old trick for birth control: an aspirin between the knees. (If you don’t get it, try holding an aspirin between your knees, …

Green Living Tips

Let’s ban toilet paper

Did you know that because of Americans' demand for super-soft TP for our bungholes, 98 percent of the pulp used to make the stuff comes from virgin forests?

Oil

Fair Trade gasoline

You know where your coffee beans come from -- so why not your gasoline? Did your $3.50 a gallon go to prop up our tar-sands-addicted frenemies in Canada?

Green Living Tips

Insanely catchy song urges you to poop in a bucket

Pooping in a bucket might not save the world, but this is definitely going to be stuck in your head for a while.

Living

Green of hearts: Your last-minute guide to a sustainable Valentine’s Day

Need some last-minute Valentine’s Day inspiration? No worries: We help you celebrate your significant other without hurting your significant Mother (Earth).

Cities

The McMansion trend has peaked

Americans' ideal home size declined to 2,100 square feet from a peak of 2,300, according to real estate research firm Trulia.

Living

Don’t hate the player: How fun and games can encourage sustainable choices

Guilt trips and penalties don't always work to change behavior. What if we make it more fun to do the right thing?

Food

Ask Umbra: Can I escape the clutches of palm oil?

A reader wonders if there are any palm-oil-free butter substitutes. Umbra spreads her knowledge.

Climate Change

Why climate hawks should care about birth-control access

Any morally acceptable pathway to prevent catastrophic global warming includes broad access to affordable birth control for the world's women.

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