Living

Living

Ask Umbra: Help! I’m in a tight(s) spot

A reader wonders about eco-friendly leggings. Umbra unrolls some no-nonsense advice.

Living

Older boomers help shift driving trends into reverse

Because driving rates peak in midlife, the aging of the baby boom generation will lead to a drop in per-capita driving.

Cities

New York’s bike-sharing program gets bumped to 2013

The mayor blames a software problem. The real issue, as with everything in New York, is the Yankees.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Kiddie pools

Is there a greener alternative to vinyl kiddie pools? Umbra wades in.

Living

Resisting the temptation: The ultimate no-processed-food challenge

According to foodie gospel, processed foods are the product of the Evil Empire. Grist’s green-living pioneer wants to see if she can live without them in even the most difficult situations.

Climate & Energy

The Ocean Health Index will let us measure how horrible we are over time

The global rating of 60 out of 100 barely scratches the surface on the depth of information contained in this new evaluation tool.

Article

Fukushima butterflies show signs of mutation

And, worse -- mutations were seen in offspring born far from the radioactivity.

Food

Critical buzz: Thousands of volunteers count bees to help scientists save them

On Saturday, pollination enthusiasts across the country participated in The Great Bee Count to help scientists stay on top of dwindling honeybee and native bee populations.

Living

Ask Umbra: Can I toss these old bullets in a lake?

A readers asks about disposing of unwanted ammunition. Umbra sets her sights on a solution.