Trashtivist: Where did the garbage go?

I want to tell you stories about my gross garbage. I really do. But so far, there's just not that much of it.

Could you squeeze into the world's skinniest house?

Why this drought will be way, way worse than the last one

A New York Times article about the current drought in the South compares it to a record-setting dry spell 60 years ago: Climatologists say the great drought of 2011 is starting to look a lot …


Ask Umbra Book Club: How sustainable is minimalism?

Welcome to the first day of discussing Ask Umbra's July book club pick, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide.


Umbra takes on 25 dares in 25 days

Ask Umbra takes on a new sustainable living dare every day for 25 days.

DuPont herbicide may have caused mysterious tree plague

Millions of dollars worth of spruce and pine trees across the country have mysteriously withered and died in the past few months. The likely culprit is an herbicide marketed as a way to control lawn …

Thomas Edison would have loved energy-efficient bulbs

Thomas Edison's great-grandson, David Edison Sloane, is not mincing words when it comes to the GOP wanting to repeal energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs: As an inventor, Edison would have no interest in turning back …


Plastic purge: The poo problem

Millions of pet dogs in the United States means a lot of poo-filled plastic bags in landfills. Here's how Hank and I figured out a solution to that nasty mess.

Green Living Tips

Unwet and wild: Ask Umbra on dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is the latest hair-care craze. Ask Umbra investigates the tangled truth.