Crowd control

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Why don’t people talk about population?

Overpopulation is a big theme in Umbra's latest Book Club selection, Freedom. We've got exclusive Grist video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about the issue. Why isn't everyone else talking about it? Do you worry …

Story of Stocking Stuffers

Live chat with the Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard

'Tis the season of giving, which is why Umbra is looking forward to chatting with Annie Leonard, the mastermind behind the Story of Stuff project.

Who resuscitated the electric car?

Watch the trailer for 'Revenge of the Electric Car' [VIDEO]

Watch the movie trailer for "Revenge of the Electric Car," the sequel to 2006's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" from filmmaker Chris Paine.

Get back in the kitchen, you!

Men in aprons, food-police backlash, and 8 more trends

The Food Channel editors say that thanks to our crappy economy, the kind of edibles we at Grist get excited about are finally going more mainstream. Basically, bye-bye food porn and stunt restaurants -- hello …


NYC kids bring urban gardening skills to the roof

Forget swapping chips and pudding: Elementary school kids in New York City can start growing their own lunches in an innovative rooftop greenhouse.

Wine and diner

Six reasons to choose the dining room over the diner

There are lots of great restaurants out there, but eating out regularly adds up in many ways. Here are six reasons why eating at home is superior.

The Gifting Tree

Ask Umbra on surprising last-minute holiday gifts sure to cause a smile

A frenzied reader asks Umbra for last-minute, memorable and sustainable gift ideas. Read this and start checking off the naughty and nice on your list


Why you should eat insects instead of meat [VIDEO]

Marcel Dicke (it's French or something, perv) argues that insects are a savory, eco-friendly alternative to meat. This is apparently not a joke.

Trade-offs and trade winds

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Would you blow up a mountain to save a bird species?

Umbra's discussion of her Book Club pick "Freedom" kicks off with a video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about compromises and energy options.