If it's all the game to you

Fixing climate change with a video game

If you're game to save (or set aflame) the planet from the threat of climate change, you should give the eerily realistic computer game, Fate of the World, a spin.

Waste, not

Reducing urban water use around the world with compost toilets

Theodore Roosevelt once noted "civilized people ought to know how to dispose of the sewage in some other way than putting it into the drinking water." But that's what we're still doing every day.

The GINK Chronicles

What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights?

Congress will have a lot more anti-choicers. Expect attacks on international family-planning programs and a big fight over birth-control coverage.

The Roots

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Live chat with Americana author Kurt B. Reighley

Are you embracing a simpler life, one focused on community and sustainability? Then check out our live chat with author Kurt B. Reighley about this phenomenon, which he describes in his book United States of Americana: A field guide to the new American Roots movement!


The future we want

It's tough to make compelling drama out of a happy-green-prosperous future -- even if that's where we want to live.

your guide to the field guide

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Get ready to talk about the new American roots movement

We�re hosting a live chat with author Kurt B. Reighley, KEXP�s DJ El Toro. Send in questions about the American roots movement for the chance to win a book copy!

helmet, smellmet!

A bike helmet that stinks will keep you from cracking up

Worried about whether your helmet will still keep you safe after a few falls? Here's one that makes quite a stink when it's time to replace it.

Nothing to fear but gear itself

Like your dinner, your gadgets come from somewhere

While writing about food politics on my Dell "Latitude" laptop, I often daydream about a sleek new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. (And an iPad, and maybe an iPhone.) Or at least I did -- until I read about the conditions of the workers who make them. Why do we spend so much time thinking about where our food comes from, while ignoring the origins of the latest tech craze?

The GINK Chronicles

Oklahoma guv candidate slammed for being childfree woman

Oklahoma GOP gov candidate Mary Fallin says what sets her apart is "having children" -- a slam at Dem opponent Jari Askins, who doesn't have kids.

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