Living

Living

The coolest ways to charge your phone when you don’t have power

Post-Sandy, our idea of "emergency supplies" might expand beyond canned goods and water to include one of these cell-charging innovations.

Living

Ask Umbra: Am I saving too many emails?

A reader wonders if her overflowing inbox is polluting the planet. Umbra tells her how to take a byte out of her energy use.

Living

Eau de Chicago: Perfume uses local ingredients to bottle Windy City’s essence

Tru Blooms Chicago is made from flowers grown in the Windy City's urban gardens. Smelling like Chicago is finally a good thing.

Cities

New York City cancels marathon in light of Sandy’s devastation

Sandy devastation forces officials to cancel one of the city's premier athletic events -- and many New Yorkers breathe a sigh of relief.

Cities

Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: DIY shampoo [VIDEO]

Grist's green advice columnist whips up some recipes for shampoo and conditioner that work just as well as the store-bought stuff -- and double as salad dressing in a pinch.

Cities

The ‘sobering’ state of New York: Not enough gas, Staten Island crippled

No gas, a devastated island, and a furor over a long-planned marathon.

Cities

My attempt to get through Manhattan, live

In which I attempt to get from upper Manhattan to Brooklyn in a city whose transportation systems are still recovering.

Climate & Energy

New Jersey is running out of gas

Gasoline has emerged as a critical -- and scarce -- commodity in the wake of Sandy.