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Pollution

Re-Whiting history: Richard White on managing our un-pristine planet

The award-winning environmental historian says humans have had a massive impact on the environment for centuries. Is it different now, in the "Anthropocene"? Yes and no.

Cities

Awesome cityscapes made from discarded textbooks

What do you do with unwanted textbooks? Chinese artist Liu Wei makes spectacular carved-book cityscapes.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: How do I avoid cheap plastic spray bottles?

A reader says she’s littering the planet with her discarded spritzers. Umbra gets all misty eyed.

Living

Brace yourself for tomorrow’s supermoon

Saturday is the night to engage in your moon-related activities — blow it up, write your name on it, release your singing marmoset creatures, whatever — because you’ll have a pretty good view. It’s a “supermoon,” where the moon is …

Living

Giant plant tags tell you how to care for streetlights, hydrants, and mailboxes

It’s all very well to talk about the urban jungle, but how often are you supposed to water it? Carmichael Collective’s tongue-in-cheek urban plant tags offer care instructions for metropolitan flora like benches, fire hydrants, stop signs, and mailboxes.

Living

Video game based on Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ promises to be extremely ironic

Thoreau went to the woods because he wished to live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life. But if you don’t want to go outside to do that, don’t worry: The Walden experience now comes in video game …

Biking

Umbra’s second helpings: Keeping your skirt out of your bike chain

Concerned that your frills could get hung up in the works? Our beloved eco-advice columnist, Umbra Fisk, is here to help.

Living

The coolest church you’ve ever seen is inside an 800-year-old tree

This oak tree in Allouville-Bellefosse, France, up near the country’s north coast, has been alive for at least 800 years. In the late 1600s, a bolt of lightening hollowed out the center, but the tree survived and kept putting out …

Living

Oh rot: It’s harvest time on the worm farm

Eight months ago, our fearless green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, brought a bucket of worms into her home. They’ve made some beautiful compost for her, but how to extract it?