Living

Greening the mommy wars

Is it greener to be a homemaker than to have a job outside the home?

A letter writer argues that it's better for the planet if one partner in a household stays out of the workforce. But that's quite a stretch.

a fashion steak-ment

Lady Gaga’s VMA meat dress ‘no disrespect’ to vegans and vegetarians

Lady Gaga took home Video of the Year at the 2010 Video Music Awards, but she could have also grabbed the title of "Best Dressed" when she strutted out with her hams dressed in meat. Watch Ellen DeGeneres give her beef for the meaty outfit -- along with something more suit-able.

Dwelling on green design

Green design finds a home in Dwell magazine [AUDIO]

Since its launch in 2000, the magazine Dwell has helped popularize green architecture and design. Alison Stewart of PBS speaks with editor Aaron Britt

Hug it out

Nissan’s smug (?), cute (?), ironic (?) polar bear Leaf ad

A Nissan ad shows a polar bear lumbering down from the Arctic to embrace a commuter in a hug -- a thank-you for driving the fully electric Leaf sedan.

Night Light

Balancing commemoration and conservation on Sept. 11

Much was illuminated on September 11, as two beams of light glowed in New York to memorialize those lost nine years ago.

I'd rather have sour grapes

Ask Umbra on avoiding crude oil in vinegar

Ask Umbra uncaps the nuances of vinegar here in this white vinegar primer. Don't mix crude oil with your vinegar!

The GINK videos

Our planet’s population in miniature [VIDEO]

It sometimes gets lost in discussions of population that some of us have a lot more (and a lot more of an environmental impact) than others.

hoe your own row

War of the worlds: FarmVille vs. real farms

Why are people flocking to tend virtual sheep on Facebook when so many real farmers are virtually barely scraping by? See how the two measure up when planted side-by-side in this telling infographic.

Rotting is such sweet sorrow

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 13 &14: Being away from my CSA box

Forced to eat cafeteria food for six days straight, the Urbivore has a new dilemma -- being homesick for her local-veggie box. Can such fresh food spoil you? And why does it spoil so fast, anyway?