Living

HOW UGLY ARE YOUR BRANCHES

Old Christmas trees get new life as fish habitats

Ugly tree, beautiful snack. Top that, Charlie Brown.

DOWN IN THE DUMP

‘Trash is cash,’ rap Kenyan kids [VIDEO]

Nairobi businesses dump 1.5 tons of trash daily -- and 80 percent of it could be recycled. Watch kids from Nairobi slums rap about recycling.

HUNTERS AND LATHERERS

Guy stops using soap for a year, loves it

Sean Bonner hasn't used shampoo or soap in a year -- and he says he smells great.

Urban eggtivism

How to get your city to allow backyard chickens

Around the country, chickens are gaining popularity as productive pets, yet many municipalities forbid keeping them. Here’s what you can do if yours is among them.

I WANNA SEX YOU UP

Can we make climate change sexy — or at least less boring?

Would bikini-clad researchers posing at the Arctic help thaw climate apathy?

Nice fishing

Sustainably farmed trout make a tasty, savory chowder [VIDEO]

A visit to Star Prairie, a small trout farm situated on the Apple River in Wisconsin, yields fish for a cold-killing chowder.

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROADKILL

Weeds, rock snot, and lionfish: a menu for 'invasivores'

The latest trend in sustainable food? Eating invasive species. Here's your recipe for an invasivore dinner, complete with lionfish, pigeon, and weeds.

Meat me in the middle

Ask Umbra: Living up to a New Year’s resolution for meatless Mondays

How can a dedicated chicken-wing lover make his way through 52 Meatless Mondays? Umbra arms the goal-oriented Wing Man with inspiration and tips from the author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook, Kim O'Donnel.

7 billion for all mankind

2011: The year we’ll hit 7 billion

Sometime in the latter half of this year, the world population will hit 7 billion people. Already? Didn't we just hit 6 billion? Yep, a mere dozen years ago.