Living

Living

Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Politics

CEO of Lockheed Martin clear-cuts protected trees, pays staggering $1,000 fine

We're sure he's learned his lesson.

Climate & Energy

Bill McKibben nails it on Bill Maher show — plus Tuesday-afternoon quarterbacking

Bill McKibben did a bang-up job of talking about climate change on "Real Time with Bill Maher" -- and it got David Roberts thinking about effective climate communication.

Climate & Energy

Despite the end of summer, Iowa’s drought hits a new low

What Iowa needs is a long, wet autumn -- something it's not likely to get.

Climate & Energy

Gas prices hit new high in California yesterday and today and probably tomorrow

Why should you care? Because California is where celebrities live. Other celebrity gossip inside!

Living

Ask Umbra: How green is my laundry detergent?

A reader says his landlord’s fancy new washing machine requires special soap. Umbra tells him not to get his knickers in a twist.

Food

Finally! Chipotle signs deal to pay tomato pickers more

The agreement brings an end to a long fight between the restaurant chain and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Cities

Flagstaff sustainability chief Nicole Woodman keeps a cool head as temperatures rise

It’s one thing to paint the town green if you live in left-leaning, eco-conscious climes. It’s another story altogether if you live in Arizona.

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.