Living

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Guilt-free lunches [VIDEO]

Lunch doesn't need to be an eternal midday dilemma. Umbra serves up suggestions for tasty meals and earth-friendlier packaging.

Living

Why won’t Obama address rising grass prices?

With the drought driving up hay prices, farmers and ranchers are increasingly reporting theft.

Living

The Confluence Project is photographing every latitude/longitude intersection on Earth

Although volunteers have visited more than a third of the accessible confluence points, there are 10,166 out there waiting to be visited.

Living

Ask Umbra: Does microwaving vegetables zap their nutritional value?

A reader asks if it’s bad to microwave your food. Umbra cooks up an answer that’s healthy -- and tasty too.

Living

Campfire-scented beard cologne lets you pretend you’ve been outside

There are these sticks you can rub in your beard so you smell like you've been camping, which seems like more fun than camping, except that people with beards love camping, so why would they need this? One wonders.

Climate & Energy

America, this is how you’re using your energy

Curious about how much oil America uses versus how much it imports, or how much energy people use to stay warm? The Energy Information Administration would like to show you. Enjoy.

Living

These are by far the coolest shoes for animal lovers we’ve ever seen

How could we not love these animal-themed shoes, featuring favorite Grist List creatures like orcas, sharks, and elephants (plus non-animal Grist List faves like coffee and butts)? Well, I suppose we could not love them because they cost between $1,000 and $2,000 …

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Sweaters and the moths who love them

Is your fall cardigan supply looking worse for the wear? Read this. Umbra doesn't sweat the sweater stuff.

Cities

Southern sustainability: Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

The manager of Asheville, N.C.’s sustainability office talks about her Twitter profile, making sustainability pay, and how her city is blowing Portland out of the water.