Living

Solar Power

Solar-powered implants could help blind people see

A new research project from Stanford University bumps solar's do-gooder powers to a whole new level.

Green Home

Chairs and tables that double as indoor gardens

Growing herbs in your backyard or on your roof is all very well and good, if you have a backyard or a roof. But what if you live in a shitty little apartment that doesn’t even have a balcony? Well, …

Living

Elm caretaker to be buried in coffin made from beloved elm

Frank Knight spent decades keeping Herbie, New England’s tallest elm tree, alive. The tree lived for 217 years and under Knight’s care survived 14 bouts of Dutch Elm diseases. Two years ago, the tree had to come down. At the …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: I need a book of eco-tips!

A reader seeks a book's worth of green living advice. Umbra searches the stacks.

Living

Psych! World won’t end this year after all

We're definitely hurtling towards doom, but take heart: At least the world isn't going to end for a stupid reason like "Mayan prophecy."

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Giving green wedding presents without looking weird

Finding a good, green wedding present can be quite the commitment. Umbra vows to help out.

Living

Awesome patio furniture made of recycled food packaging

In today’s “shit you can’t afford even though it’s made of garbage” news: genuinely gorgeous, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it patio furniture made from recycled food and drink packaging.

Population

Melinda Gates wants family planning back on the global agenda

Can Melinda Gates do for family planning what Al Gore did for climate change? She has decided to make birth control her signature issue.

Politics

Why aren’t women’s issues on the agenda at Rio+20?

Including family planning and reproductive health in the Earth Summit agenda should be a no-brainer.