The Young and Not-So-Restless

Fewer and fewer young people are driving — but why?

American teenagers simply don't drive as much as they used to. But should we really chalk it up to the internet and the digital revolution?

Statistics help a mom cut the car seat tether

I rode the Seattle streetcar today with my nearly two-year-old daughter. It was her first “school” field trip, and her classmates had been excited about it for weeks. There were lively debates in the Rainforest …

Lead Salad Days?

Ask Umbra on healthy soil for urban and suburban farmers and gardeners

A reader wants to know if urban dirt is safe for growing food. Is there lead in that urban farm salad? Umbra investigates and gives some savvy tips.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Five Years After Katrina, the Gulf Is Showing All of Us the Way Forward

As August draws to a close, we face a somber, sobering anniversary. Five years ago, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The storm — and the horrifying …

Your Guido to Green

The Jersey Shore's Snooki and her five eco-snafus

Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is one of pop culture's biggest names right now. But will this orange star ever be green?

it's electric, boogie woogie woogie!

They Might Be Giants riding in electric cars [VIDEO]

As a general -- and generally very reliable -- rule, songs about green issues suck. Which makes it that much more refreshing to find this fun and catchy anthem about electric vehicles from the band …

Become a potatriot today!

War-era food posters: Wacky, well-meaning, and still relevant [SLIDESHOW]

Skinless frankfurters, laying-hen lessons, fat recycling -- the Obama administration could take a few tips from propagandizing presidencies past.


Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 12: Salting vegetables and nonstick cookware

August marks a rich point in summer with food bursting on the vine. This week, the Urbivore salts and cooks an eggplant; as things get sizzling, she takes a closer look at nonstick cookware.

zen and the art of bicycle lane maintenance

When streets tell the truth about people riding in cars (and on bikes)

It's pretty lame that cars "own" most roads in America, which is why we're such fans of spontaneous street art that aims to take them back for bikes and pedestrians. Especially when it's as clever …