Sandy spooks East Coast Halloween

Did Frankenstorm Sandy crush Halloween hopes?

Business & Technology

Chinese protesters kill plans for chemical plant expansion

Activists in Ningbo, China, hit the streets and succeeded in scuttling plans to expand a plant that produces the chemical paraxylene, or PX.


Superstorm Sandy’s climate change connection

Frankenstorm Sandy is a freak of our decidedly human-damaged nature. Scientists mostly agree that climate change had a hand in crafting it. But how, exactly?

Climate & Energy

Here are all of the ways that coal is bad for your health

It turns out -- and this will shock you -- that living near a coal mine or coal plant is unhealthy.


Ask Umbra: Is it greener to shop online?

A reader wonders if she can skip the trip to the big-box store and save the planet at the same time. Umbra answers unequivocally: "Yes. No. Maybe."


Infocomic: New report shows big gains for cycling and transit, if not city infrastructure

Infocomic: New report shows big gains for cycling and transit, if not city infrastructure.


We’re all guinea pigs: Film explores effects of living among untested chemicals

"The Human Experiment," narrated by Sean Penn, looks at the tens of thousands of untested chemicals that pervade our daily lives, the industry that wants to keep it that way, and the activists fighting back.


Umbra’s second helpings: Advice for an earth- and kid-friendly Halloween

Looking for a way to please the wee zombies without jacking them up on store-bought sugar? Here are a few tricks you might try.


New urban migration patterns shaped by the youngs

As the economy recovers, Americans are finally moving again -- at least the young, urban-bound population.