Living

Living

Ask Umbra: Am I saving too many emails?

A reader wonders if her overflowing inbox is polluting the planet. Umbra tells her how to take a byte out of her energy use.

Living

Eau de Chicago: Perfume uses local ingredients to bottle Windy City’s essence

Tru Blooms Chicago is made from flowers grown in the Windy City's urban gardens. Smelling like Chicago is finally a good thing.

Cities

New York City cancels marathon in light of Sandy’s devastation

Sandy devastation forces officials to cancel one of the city's premier athletic events -- and many New Yorkers breathe a sigh of relief.

Cities

Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: DIY shampoo [VIDEO]

Grist's green advice columnist whips up some recipes for shampoo and conditioner that work just as well as the store-bought stuff -- and double as salad dressing in a pinch.

Cities

The ‘sobering’ state of New York: Not enough gas, Staten Island crippled

No gas, a devastated island, and a furor over a long-planned marathon.

Cities

My attempt to get through Manhattan, live

In which I attempt to get from upper Manhattan to Brooklyn in a city whose transportation systems are still recovering.

Climate & Energy

New Jersey is running out of gas

Gasoline has emerged as a critical -- and scarce -- commodity in the wake of Sandy.

Climate & Energy

In wake of Sandy, media may finally be willing to discuss climate change

The scale and destruction of Hurricane Sandy has made the issue of climate change impossible to ignore by politicians and the media -- even Fox is getting in on the action.