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Fiscal-cliff deal ups tax benefit for transit riders

Congress almost drove the crazy train off the fiscal cliff, but turned away just in time, yielding tax benefits for mass-transit riders.

Avis buys Zipcar, delighting investors and unnerving customers

A deal to acquire the car-sharing company might make more Zipcars available on the weekends. It might also kill the business altogether.

You spend up to three months a year searching through your clutter

Go ahead -- get rid of it.

Between the earth and a hard place: Umbra’s top 10 eco-conundrums of 2012

Am I saving too many emails? Is it OK to pour beer down the drain? What’s that stuff in my bra? You asked, and Grist’s green advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, answered.

Living large in small houses

More and more people are finding that living in smaller spaces -- backyard cottages and tiny houses -- leaves room for a larger life. Here are some of their stories.

New Matt Damon fracking flick is worthy, but lacks sound and fury

"Promised Land," the eco-drama about natural gas drilling in small town America, is noteworthy as a cautionary tale, yet still a bit of a snooze.

Holiday shopping is down, mall blight is up

This holiday shopping season may have been the slowest since 2008, thanks in part to extreme weather and a warmer winter.

Tales of a crafty Christmas

When the whole family decided to go DIY, all bets were off. Would the gifts be awesome, or would it end badly? And most importantly, what would the boyfriend do?

Thanks for nothing: A post-holiday report from Grist’s Grinch

Our maverick dad set out to create a magical holiday for his family without buying them presents. Santa proved unstoppable, but he still claims victory.