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Ask Umbra: Are wrinkle-free shirts treated with toxic chemicals?

A reader wonders about the toxicity of her husband's non-iron shirts. Umbra straightens her out.

Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.

Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.

Mexican environmentalist murdered by drug gangs

Juventina Villa Mojica's efforts to preserve local forest conflicted with the gangs' desire to plant more drugs.

Umbra’s second helpings: How to be a countertop composter [VIDEO]

Live in a tiny apartment? You can still compost. Umbra breaks it down.

Your couch is poisoning you

A new study has found that the vast majority of our sofas are full of carcinogens and neurotoxins.

Toxic toys may be poisoning our best friends

A new study suggests BPA and phthalates in plastic chew toys are leaching into our pet dogs.

Americans on pace to spend a record amount of money on gas this year

And to generate a hell of a lot of CO2 while we're at it.

This Twitter feed is written by actual wild birds

Latvian artist Voldemars Dudums' bird-feeder keyboard tempts tomtits to tweet.