Living

Living

Oh for chrissakes, will.i.am, you did not seriously just take a helicopter to a climate change meeting

It’s great when celebrities get the green bug and decide they want to use their fame to tell people “hey, this climate change thing? It’s a problem.” But guys, GUYS, as much as we appreciate …

Green Home

Flame retardants could affect our bodies for generations

Flame-retardant chemicals are building up in our bodies, with unknown effects. To add insult to injury, they don't actually retard flames.

Population

Who’s really hurting Aspen’s environment — jet-setters or immigrant workers?

Aspen's city council blames immigrants for environmental problems -- the same immigrants who do the town's menial labor while the rich fly in on private jets to enjoy their big vacation homes.

Green Home

Wooden light bulb is the most magical-looking LED bulb we’ve seen

There are all kinds of futuristic-looking energy-efficient light bulbs on the market — not just the traditional piggy-tail model, but liquid-cooled bulbs that look like glass jellyfish, and bulbs with gills like a mushroom or …

Biking

Inflatable bike helmet is like an airbag for your head

Like other stuff that is good for your health (not smoking, sobriety, living slow, and dying old), bike helmets are uncool. But you can’t really enjoy your coolness with a giant crack in your skull. …

Living

Toward a future that makes sense

What would a future that makes sense look like? What would it mean to do it right, to stay within carbon and other resource limits while enjoying a high quality of life?

Living

Tree poachers steal 800-year-old red cedar

A decade ago, British Columbia had 40 full-time park rangers who monitored 1,000 parks. Today, it only has 10. And they don’t often make it out to faraway parks like the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park, which …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What can I do with old CD cases?

A reader wonders what to do with all the CD cases he no longer needs. Umbra has the answers.

Biking

Umbra’s second helpings: Riding your bike to work [VIDEO]

A reader asks about riding her bike to work. Umbra gets wheel.