A reader wonders how to protect herself from the summer rays without slathering herself in toxic goo. Umbra has her covered.
Umbra asks the experts for a little financial advice. The question pays off, with interest.
A reader wonders what investment would net the best returns for Mother Earth. Umbra suggests a well-rounded portfolio.
A reader wonders if he can help the college kids who are fighting for the climate. Umbra gives him the full freshman orientation.
A reader wonders how to talk to her hardworking hubby about his poor choice of suds. Umbra dishes out some advice.
A reader wonders which type of lightbulb is greenest. Umbra sheds some light.
Can I recycle broken glass? Clean my glasses without being a polluter? Responsibly rid myself of an old TV? Umbra, as always, has the answers.
A reader wonders whether he should buy a hybrid or a PZEV. Umbra says why choose just one when you can have both?
A reader wonders if climate change will turn our planet into Tatooine. Umbra finds new hope in a galaxy far, far away.
A reader wonders if it’s OK to wear earrings made of butterfly wings. Umbra wants you to weigh in.
Readers ask about that holiest of all topics: their clothes. Umbra sends some smoke signals up the Grist chimney.
Grist's "Ask Umbra" is asked if there is hope for the planet. The answer is just what we needed.
A reader writes from the edge of despair. Umbra urges her not to jump.
A father is steamed about a teacher’s comment that Rachel Carson was “a crazy lady.” Umbra encourages dad not to lose his head.
A reader is hunting for a kid-friendly ball. Umbra bounces her a few ideas.
A reader has visions of free travel mugs in every cubicle. Umbra offers a steaming cup of good advice.
A reader is dying to know if his wife’s hair coloring is hurting her. Umbra highlights some of the concerns.
A reader inquires about those pre-moistened wipes that are making the rounds. Umbra cautions hem to arrhoid them at all costs.
A reader wonders if she’ll roo the day she became a kangatarian. Umbra says it’s best not to jump to conclusions.
A reader wonders if it’s unethical to hang on to Big Oil stocks, and if shareholder activism does any good. Umbra offers some centsible advice.