Living

Transportation

President Bartlet wants you to go for a walk

If you worked in President Bartlet’s White House, you would not have to worry about dying an early death from sitting all day, because the West Wing staffers are always walking! And talking! And walk-and-talking! About things like how no …

Living

Generation Anthropocene: Students grapple with our global impact

Scientists say humans have become a geologic force on a massive scale, like an asteroid strike or an ice age. What do we do now?

Food

Kashi promises (some) ‘natural’ products will be GMO-free

One benefit of having every food product in existence owned by big corporations? Big corporations are super touchy about their reputations. So when the internet got all up in arms about Kashi’s “natural” cereals being less than fully organic/GMO-free/grown by …

Living

This time-lapse video of Yosemite is beyond beautiful

Shawn Reeder, who made this almost mystical work of art, writes: Yosemite, the High Sierra, and the Eastern Sierra are some of the most beautiful places on earth.  Ever since I serendipitously won a trip to Yosemite when I was …

Sustainable Business

Budget-friendly hotel chains also have the smallest carbon footprints

When choosing an environmentally friendly hotel chain, the best indicator probably isn’t whether the place asks you to hang up your towels if you don’t want them replaced each day. According to a new analysis [PDF] by sustainability company Brighter …

Living

Multinational food companies sell everything, from polo shirts to tampons

Imagine that this past weekend, you went out in New York City and bought a new pair of fancy Diesel Jeans. Then, because you were feeling good, you indulged in a KitKat bar. You forgot your reusable water bottle at …

Living

Ask Umbra: Where’s the best place to ride out climate change?

A reader asks where she should move to be best positioned for the coming eco-apocalypse. Umbra gives her a realty check.

Population

Colbert mocks group that blames immigrants for climate change

"It's always an immigrant who's cutting my grass with an exhaust-spewing lawnmower," says Stephen Colbert as he rips apart ads that criticize immigrants for increasing their carbon footprints.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra at 10: Warm, weird anniversary wishes from our readers

As our beloved eco-advice columnist Umbra Fisk celebrates her 10th anniversary, an outpouring, nay, a veritable green tsunami of love letters rolls into the office. Rest assured that the feeling is mutual.