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Green Home

These toxic household cleaners can cause asthma or burn your lungs

Ah, America. The country where you’re allowed to buy products containing hazardous chemicals that other countries have banned. The Environmental Working Group, the people who brought you the Dirty Dozen list of foods to buy …

Green Living Tips

10 gross green bathroom questions you never knew you had

Is it OK to pee in the shower? Why is recycled toilet paper so scratchy? Do composting toilets smell bad? These, and other urgent questions, answered by Ask Umbra.

Urban Agriculture

Texas college turns football field into awesome urban farm

If your football team can’t hack it on the field, perhaps they can grow some kick-ass kale. At least that’s the sentiment from Dallas’ Paul Quinn College. After the university cut its football program, President …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra at 10: What a long, strange tip it’s been

Our beloved advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, reflects on 10 years of sage advice.

Living

The dumbest green bikinis

As the world heats up, it will be increasingly important to have itty-bitty swimsuits to wear (under your voluminous poncho, of course, once the ozone layer crumbles and turns sunlight to poison). So what swimwear …

Climate Change

My Earth Day wish: A better human brain

For Earth Day, Treehugger asked several green types what one wish they had that might make the world a better place. David Roberts would change the human brain.

Animals

8-year-old environmentalist raises $250 in 12 hours after friends’ parents call her ‘stupid’ for caring

Reddit is the internet in microcosm — it showcases a lot of gross boneheaded stuff, gives space and succor to every flavor of perversion and bigotry, and is simultaneously full of interesting information, funny quips, …

Living

Website shows you your place in the universe (and yes, you are very very small)

The Scale of the Universe is a web-based Total Perspective Vortex that will make you feel very very small — or very very large — with the swipe of a mouse. You start at the …

Living

The barter economy — coming soon to a backyard near you

Toting a loaf of homemade bread, her boyfriend’s beef jerky, and a couple of bottles of her very own Thunder Sauce, Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets off for the neighborhood bartering session.