Living

Climate & Energy

Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December?

It's December, the time of year when you just want to huddle up with a roaring fire to provide comfort from the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside.

Living

Ask Umbra: Are wrinkle-free shirts treated with toxic chemicals?

A reader wonders about the toxicity of her husband's non-iron shirts. Umbra straightens her out.

Food

Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.

Cities

Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.

Climate & Energy

Mexican environmentalist murdered by drug gangs

Juventina Villa Mojica's efforts to preserve local forest conflicted with the gangs' desire to plant more drugs.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: How to be a countertop composter [VIDEO]

Live in a tiny apartment? You can still compost. Umbra breaks it down.

Living

Your couch is poisoning you

A new study has found that the vast majority of our sofas are full of carcinogens and neurotoxins.

Living

Toxic toys may be poisoning our best friends

A new study suggests BPA and phthalates in plastic chew toys are leaching into our pet dogs.

Climate & Energy

Americans on pace to spend a record amount of money on gas this year

And to generate a hell of a lot of CO2 while we're at it.