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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.