Living

Living

You spend up to three months a year searching through your clutter

Go ahead -- get rid of it.

Living

Between the earth and a hard place: Umbra’s top 10 eco-conundrums of 2012

Am I saving too many emails? Is it OK to pour beer down the drain? What’s that stuff in my bra? You asked, and Grist’s green advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, answered.

Living

Living large in small houses

More and more people are finding that living in smaller spaces -- backyard cottages and tiny houses -- leaves room for a larger life. Here are some of their stories.

Climate & Energy

New Matt Damon fracking flick is worthy, but lacks sound and fury

"Promised Land," the eco-drama about natural gas drilling in small town America, is noteworthy as a cautionary tale, yet still a bit of a snooze.

Living

Holiday shopping is down, mall blight is up

This holiday shopping season may have been the slowest since 2008, thanks in part to extreme weather and a warmer winter.

Living

Tales of a crafty Christmas

When the whole family decided to go DIY, all bets were off. Would the gifts be awesome, or would it end badly? And most importantly, what would the boyfriend do?

Living

Thanks for nothing: A post-holiday report from Grist’s Grinch

Our maverick dad set out to create a magical holiday for his family without buying them presents. Santa proved unstoppable, but he still claims victory.

Business & Technology

Energy conservation gets gamified

Businesses are using gamification to goad us into buying more junk. But some people are trying to harness online games for good causes.

Living

Marijuana growers endanger salmon, bears, and even dogs

The market for pot in California is booming, thanks to the legalization of medical marijuana, and that means bad news for the environment and critters.