Ask Umbra's Book Club: What do you want to ask Jonathan Franzen?

Grist will be interviewing author Jonathan Franzen about environmental themes in his novel "Freedom" this week. What should we ask him? Tell us!

Climate & Energy

The messy side of energy efficiency: finance

If we want to make a dent in household energy efficiency, we will need to move large amounts of private capital.


How do you eat well? Share your 'food rules'

Culture has much to teach us about how to choose, prepare, and eat food. I'm collecting and preserving more of this wisdom before it disappears, in an expanded edition of my last book.


DIY turkey: From farm to family dinner table [VIDEO]

I wanted the full Thanksgiving experience: turkey hunting, visiting farms, bringing a bird home to my backyard -- and killing it and serving it to the family.


Ask Umbra on DIY stain removal and spray starch for the holidays

Ask Umbra shares green tips on how to get your tablecloths crisp and how to get them clean after the holiday revelry is done.


A turkey virgin gobbles for help!

Normally a vegetarian for environmental reasons, I've ordered an organic, heritage breed turkey from a local farm. But what do I do with it now?


Bristol Palin and 'The Situation' talk up safe sex [VIDEO]

While training for "Dancing With the Stars," Bristol Palin teamed up with "Jersey Shore"'s The Situation to film this PSA warning against teen pregnancy.


Mother of Green Party candidate killed by SUV becomes bike-safety advocate

No amount of infrastructure will be sufficient if we continue to treat vehicular manslaughter so cavalierly.


6 ways to solve the ‘renter’s dilemma’ for home energy

If renters aren't staying and landlords aren't paying utility bills, who pays for home-energy improvements?