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Feed me, Seymour

Garden Girl TV: Indoor gardening, part one

I’ve taken over a small section of my house, the sun porch, and dedicated it to my indoor garden project for apartment dwellers as well as for the seedling factory for all my outdoor garden …

The new, new urbanism

Cleveland, worker-owned co-ops, and new ideas for a flailing economy

Is the way forward for our ailing economy to be found along the banks of Lake Erie? Despite talk of a recovery, the national economy remains in shambles. In Sunday’s New York Times, reporter Peter …

Stream of conciousness

Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream [VIDEO]

Photo: Fast Company Most metropolis’ are so busy building the future that they don’t have time to re-think the past. Not so with Seoul, South Korea. In 2003, the city demolished a downtown freeway to …

But I'm a fun guy

Ask Umbra on organic mushrooms, dog toys, and revisiting cloth napkins

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I’m a big fan of organic produce (especially when the local version isn’t at hand or I’m eating it raw), and I’m also one of those folks …

An unwelcome status update

Does Facebook deserve the hell it’s catching from Greenpeace?

Social networking giant Facebook has been taking heat from enviros recently for its decision to site a massive new data center in Prineville, Ore. The issue? Pacific Power, the utility that serves Prineville, gets most …

Smellin' mighty fined

AXE bodyspray pays for stinking up the atmosphere

The AXE effect? Air pollution! Photo: Unlisted Sightings via Flickr Calling all smelly guys who AXE too much: We’re scenting you an order to cease and desist your deodorizing. California says your BO paranoia is …

Abandonment issue solved

Amusement park grows amid rail line ruins

Photo: TreeHuggerIt’s one of Lima’s most unusual spaces: a set of structures that were going to be the railways of an electric train. In 1986, the project was dropped and the construction was left as-it-was. …

Give 'em a heart time about it

How (not) to work out climate vs. weather at the office

Eat their heart out, Al Gore! Even if your climate change-doubting colleague doesn’t snow the difference between weather and climate, you can patiently teach him the truth without being such a beef jerky. But if …

Nuclear kids on the block

Ask Umbra’s pearls of wisdom on nuclear energy

Dearest readers, Not all of your questions are as manageable to navigate as selecting local versus organic apples or how to recycle your light bulbs/baby food jars/yogurt containers/cell phones. Some are downright difficult, controversial, and …