Living

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is it bad to leave chargers plugged in?

A reader seeks clarification on energy-sucking phone and laptop chargers. Umbra divulges the juicy truth.

Election 2012

Does Santorum think the pope is a ‘radical environmentalist’?

Rick Santorum presents himself as a devout Catholic, but on the issue of climate change, he strays far from the pope's teachings.

Living

Right-wingers and greens agree: The Lorax movie sucks balls

Between commie brainwashing and Mazda pandering, Fox News and greens agree: The Lorax movie sucks.

Living

Giant snow art turns the ground into a canvas

Sometimes it’s nice to stop worrying about the fate of the planet and just appreciate it for its beauty — and it doesn’t hurt if its beauty is slightly enhanced by being part of a …

Living

Scientists resurrect 30,000-year-old plants — and they can still bear fruit

Man, I can barely raise a plant from a seedling without killing it, and scientists have managed to grow viable plants out of seeds from 29,000 B.C.? So unfair.

Living

Attention drunkards: Please dispose of your Mardi Gras beads in a responsible manner

DRUNK PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS! We know you need that plastic flotsam in order to see some boobs, because of I guess longstanding tradition dating back to before you could see boobs on the internet …

Cities

Smallest legal apartment in California is prefab, adorbs

Check out the smallest studio apartment you can build by law in California: It's 160 square feet, and it includes a bevy of space-saving measures.

Food

How many of us are vegetarian or vegan?

Check out poll numbers on how many Americans are abstaining from meat, and how often omnivores are eating it.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest business card?

A reader wonders how to network sustainably. Umbra consults the cards.