Living

Living

The greenest Fourth of July

Fireworks displays are powered by fossil fuels and chemicals. Luckily, nature offers a captivating green alternative: lightning bugs.

Animals

Do fireworks kill birds?

An illegal fireworks display in Arkansas killed up to 5,000 red-winged blackbirds, but is that sort of carnage likely to happen where you live?

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Who doesn’t celebrate the Fourth of July with rats and dandruff?

Readers launch a volley of questions at our green advice columnist. She responds with a veritable anthem of eco-smarts.

Living

These amazing lamps are made of salt

If Daniel McDonald’s Shio lamps didn’t cost $475 and up, they could do double duty seasoning your food or attracting deer. At this price point, you probably want to preserve them, unless you’re Tony Stark or something — but the …

Politics

Health care and sustainability, part deux: More …

Reax to the Supreme Court's ruling from Van Jones, Alex Steffen, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, and Gary Hirshberg.

Politics

Health care and sustainability: Experts weigh in on ruling

Terry Tempest Williams, Raj Patel, Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, and Gary Cohen on the Supreme Court's landmark decision.

Population

A male birth control dudes might actually use

You know what doesn’t do a lot to help reduce unwanted births? Putting women in sole charge of contraception, then making it nigh-impossible for them to exercise any reproductive freedom. We could improve sex ed, affordability of birth control pills, …

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: How to barbecue without cooking the planet

Planning on firing up the grill this weekend? Umbra has some smoking hot tips for you.

Living

Incredible underwater sculptures turn into living reefs

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s work wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery, but that would defeat the purpose. Taylor mounts his exhibitions underwater, leaving his sculptures on the ocean floor to be colonized by algae, seaweed, and coral.