Down and dirty

Are we too clean?

Photo: pfly via FlickrDearests, with yesterday’s Clorox wipes letter on my mind, I was intrigued to read the following headline in today’s Wall Street Journal: Can Dirt Do a Little Good? The story talks about …

Notorious V.E.G.

Hardcore hip-hop for vegans

Dis’ hip-hop duo thinks it’s ridonkulous not to ditch dairy and meat ‘cuz they be eatin’ “only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole wheat.” Whole foods, fo’ realz. Apparently, the all-natural life prescribed in this …

They've got nerve

Scientists link ADHD in kids to routine pesticide exposure [UPDATED]

  Writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan detailed how, following World War II, nerve-gas factories were converted en masse into synthetic pesticide factories. These weapons reborn as pesticides are organophosphates, as are both Sarin …

The GINK Chronicles

How green are the ‘childless by choice’?

Laura S. Scott has surveyed and interviewed more than 170 people for her Childless by Choice Project.  “I’m keenly interested in the process of decision-making,” she says. “How do we get from assuming parenthood for …

40 lashes with a wet noodle

Ask Umbra on pasta, Clorox wipes, and a satisfied customer

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I am a fairly active, athletic person; that being said, I love my pasta. When I boil the water for my pasta, I run the tap water …

It's a crime shame

Wasteful bandit gets wiped out by police

One area is proving to be fairly immune to the green wave: convenience store robberies. (The Mob, on the other hand, finds green to be a breeze.) Flush with excrement excitement at the prospect of …

Parking up the wrong tree

10 reasons not to own a car in the city [PHOTOS]

The woes of owning a car run the gamut from pricey maintenance to sitting in traffic, parking tickets to CO2 emissions. And even if you’re not an auto owner, you’ve probably dealt with the hassle …

Happy sunshiney video time

Whether bikers should wait at red lights and more on transportation ethics

Biking around a fascinating city, pondering urban landscapes and human welfare, shaking fists at cabs in a goofy sort of way — what’s not to like? Streetsfilms talks transportation ethics with New York Times Magazine …

Psycho rainforest killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Time to take action

Dearest readers, Photo: GreenpeaceThanks so much for all your foodie insights this week related to Anna Lappé’s Diet for a Hot Planet (if you missed the live chat with her, catch the replay). One more …

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