Living

Are you out of your nurdle?

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Would you give up garbage?

Syliva Earle marvels at how much trash has wound up in the oceans. How much plastic do you use every day? What can you imagine giving up? Discuss!

mini moo

Mini cattle may shrink the hoofprint of eating beef

Cows (deservedly) get a lot of grief for beef's hefty contribution to global warming, which means we should steer clear of adding more of them to the world, right? Maybe not entirely, thanks to the …

Pick of the litter

Ask Umbra on sustainable choices for cat litter

Are you thinking inside your cat's box? Ask Umbra herds kitties towards a greener way of pooping. If you have a friend with whiskers, you'll want to read this.

The GINK videos

What would the world look like without people? [VIDEO]

In honor of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, here are two videos showing what would happen if we humans suddenly up and disappeared.

Heated exchange

Urbivore's Dilemma, Week 7: Cooking with the ones you love

A former latch-key-kid-turned-takeout eater discusses harmony and chaos in the kitchen.

A response to a response to a response ...

Let's move beyond the “population vs. consumption” debate

Can't we please give all women in the world the information and family-planning services they need to prevent unwanted and unintended pregnancies?

crash talking

L.A. mayor climbs on bike, gets hit by taxi, gets hit by bike-bloggers

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa climbed on a bike for the first time in years last Saturday for a ride to the beach. Within 30 minutes a taxi driver pulled out in front of him …

Trash-ure Island

Recycled Island: De-junk the ocean with this trashy idea

Land ho! Or is it? WHIM architecture has a new proposal that's anything but garbage: They want to create a habitable, floating island in the Pacific made from the mounds of plastic waste already swirling …

A river runs, and gets diverted, through it

Running dry on the Colorado [EXCERPT]

Author Jonathan Waterman followed the Colorado River from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to where it trickles away in the Mexican desert. Here is the first of two excerpts from his book, Running …