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.


Why won’t Obama address rising grass prices?

With the drought driving up hay prices, farmers and ranchers are increasingly reporting theft.


The Confluence Project is photographing every latitude/longitude intersection on Earth

Although volunteers have visited more than a third of the accessible confluence points, there are 10,166 out there waiting to be visited.


Ask Umbra: Does microwaving vegetables zap their nutritional value?

A reader asks if it’s bad to microwave your food. Umbra cooks up an answer that’s healthy -- and tasty too.