Published: Friday 31 May 2002

Gloom and doom with a sense of humour is how this website describes itself, and it couldn't have been said better. Packed with interactive features, this is one web magazine that knows how to hold its readers and entice them to return. Games, an 'Ask Umbra' column, and interestingly, a 'Do Good' section are all aimed at keeping the restless reader occupied. The site good-humouredly encourages you to participate in a number of 'act here and now' options without a hint of sermonising. There are a number of cartoons and animations that come up with keen quips on current environmental issues. The 'Muckraker' brings to readers juicy titbits from the enviro scene. There is also a fun facts section that lays out simple statistics in a hard-hitting manner, and a pick of the best from other publications on environmental issues.

The Main Dish is a well-researched, sharply-written analysis of an issue: currently in focus or an investigative story. The book review section is absolutely delectable. It unpretentiously delves into the book in-depth, lacking neither candour nor rigour. Gristmagazine is a must visit for enviro-buffs and all others!

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