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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Green Home

The most beautiful illegal treehouse you’ve ever seen

OK, I had always understood that Canadians build tree forts with little tiny fridges in them if, and only if, they have a million dollars. But Vancouver-area software developer Joel Allen built his insanely beautiful HemLoft when he went financially …


Re-Whiting history: Richard White on managing our un-pristine planet

The award-winning environmental historian says humans have had a massive impact on the environment for centuries. Is it different now, in the "Anthropocene"? Yes and no.


Awesome cityscapes made from discarded textbooks

What do you do with unwanted textbooks? Chinese artist Liu Wei makes spectacular carved-book cityscapes.