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Cool digs for urban chickens [SLIDESHOW]

So you’ve consulted your city’s municipal code regarding backyard poultry — or just decided, “Cluck the neighbors, I’m getting chickens!” Next you’ll need a home for your birds that offers room to roam, warmth in winter and ventilation in summer, …

Living

Ask Umbra on hair dye that won’t kill you or the planet

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I’m sure you’ve already addressed this, having bright red hair and all, but I was wondering about your advice on hair coloring.  I’d like to hide my grays without damaging the environment …

Food

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 4: A disgusting mess

The bounty of week 4.(Jennifer Prediger photos) Welcome to week four of my CSA experience, which I’m chronicling here in this Urbivore’s Dilemma series. This week’s CSA bounty included Bibb lettuce, mustard greens, sorrel, raspberries, sugar snap peas, and lovely, …

Living

Ask Umbra’s Pearls of Wisdom on Independence Day

Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave to a greener Fourth of July?Photo courtesy of Hryck via flickr It’s 4th of July weekend!  Time to “ooh” and “aah” and eat things on buns with mustard.  This year, dear Readers, …

Food

Savory fruit salads are a 4th of July taste revolution

(April McGreger photos) We all know the 4th of July routine: fireworks, grilling, and all-American pies for dessert. But unlike Thanksgiving, no side dishes traditionally stand out. This year, don’t get stuck eating potato salad or tri-color pasta from plastic …

Living

The green gym rat’s bicycle of choice

Photo: frankh via Flickr Cycling on a bike inside an eco-gym is OK for some people, I guess. But for those who want the kind of workout that only a gym can offer and still have that bike commuter breeze …

Climate & Energy

In today’s weather forecast, we’ll be seeing high-pressure areas of climate skepticism

Sure, Americans may trust scientists slightly more than weathercasters, but few people actually know a scientist. On the other hand, pretty much everyone knows their trusty TV weathercaster, that cheery presence who tells them whether or not to leave the …

Video

The ‘American’ section of an ethnic food aisle

What with the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, I’m embracing all things Americana, such as this video of the U.S. food section in the ethnic aisle of a German grocery store. However, by the looks of it, almost …

Climate & Energy

This week, declare your independence from dirty energy

Pledge your allegiance to clean energy: declare your independence from dirty energyPhoto courtesy of NREL This weekend, we celebrate America’s independence from Britain. Brave people — the fathers and mothers of our country — stood together against the most powerful …