Free birth control? We're getting closer … [UPDATE: We're there!]

Women will no longer have to make co-pays on birth control, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 1.

Election 2012

Anti-gay-marriage pledge calls for 'robust childbearing'

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by a right-wing Iowa group has made headlines, but we haven't heard much about its call for "robust childbearing."

Business & Technology

Thanks to the recession, recycling is booming

A few years ago, the only people who came in to Alliance Recycling in Emeryville, Calif., were were pushing shopping carts. Now, the same center is seeing people pull up in late model cars.

Business & Technology

Critical List: Mitt Romney doesn’t believe in carbon; Halliburton’s profits are up

Mitt Romney doesn't think carbon is a pollutant and doesn't think the EPA should regulate it. But he has said that we should reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. May he doesn't understand what those …

Grist dared me to make a change

Secondhand style: No hoochie dresses, please

Grist dared me to wear nothing but thrift store clothes for a week. Dresses? No problem. Shoes -- well, that's another story.

Grist dared me to make a change

Plastic purge: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The plastic purge is over, and here's what I've learned: Avoiding plastic makes you lose weight.

Green Living Tips

Burn, baby, burn: Ask Umbra on sun-protective clothing

Do pricy sun-protective garments really do a better job than regular old clothes? Ask Umbra unbuttons the question.

Grist dared me to make a change

Viva veggies: Say goodbye to bacon, boys

You should be a vegetarian, and so should I. So I'm going to try it for one week, and drag my family along with me.

Grist dared me to make a change

25 days of dares: Kiss a cow, cut the shower short

This is Umbra’s third entry in the series “Grist dared me to make a change.” Read the first and second here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Day 7, July 11: Meatless …