The onomatopoeia for this week's EcoNews is "gulp." Why? Because we like gulping water and - gulp - we're a little scared. A new study finds that ocean acidification will negatively impact coastal communities' economies. Plus, hog CAFOs are poisoning the water. One positive: Ohio is moving to protect Lake Erie from more toxic algae.
New England is in the middle of an historically snowy winter, and cities and towns are running out of room to store all of their plowed snow. Is dumping that snow into the ocean a good option, or is it another example of sweeping pollution out of sight and out of mind?
Imagine all of that snow in its thawed form - water - and you appreciate the pickle New England's in. Elsewhere in Eco News, there are 970 million fewer monarch butterflies than there were 20 years ago (thanks Monsanto!) but we can help bring them back. The same goes for improving the scene for solar in the Sunshine State. Get inspired to make the world a better place!
America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!
Whether it's corporations, government departments or international agencies, this week was full of big news from big places. We're looking at Monsanto's marketing, the International Energy Agency's forecast, Dow's pesticides, the USDA's meat lab and who should clean up Big Ag's messes. Get all the updates you need with this week's EcoNews.
Eco News is fishy this week. Actually, watery. Lots of water quality news this week, starting with rising mercury levels in the sea - and therefore in the tuna and other fish. There's also a Connecticut-sized dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Don't worry, there's good news too! Like beer made with recycled water!
We know Valentine's Day isn't everyone's cup of tea. But who doesn't like love - for yourself, your partner, your friends and yes, the Earth? Here are 8 great ways to celebrate that don't involve lots of cash, plastic junk or greeting card companies.
We're highlighting the big revelations that broke this snowy week: from the details of Obama's offshore drilling plan, to a report on the cause of water pollution in aquifers, to uncovering a US meat lab's cruelty towards animals. Get ready to have your eyes opened!
It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.
Did you make a new year's resolution to work out more? Here are some easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your new exercise routine!
Big news this week: New York City will consider a resolution to bring the city onboard with Meatless Monday; at the State of the Union, President Obama asserted the need for US leadership on climate change. Meanwhile, a city in Montana is trying to clean up after an oil spill in the Yellowstone River.
This week, the EPA proposed that some more stringent regulations for chemical dispersants be used - good news for our wildlife and waters. Meanwhile, Vermont's GMO labeling laws are being tested in the courts and there's a lawsuit being filed to better protect Des Moines' water supply. Here's hoping these decisions all help our food, water and energy systems.
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
The beginning of January is the perfect time to reflect on what we can learn from our past to benefit our future. While putting together this week's EcoNews, our team found articles recapping the biggest news of 2014 and what we'll bring into 2015. Enjoy!
As we settle into the new year - and the 114th Congress begins its term - here are some of our picks for stories to watch, from GMOs and food labeling to food waste to proposed water rules. Not to mention Law and Order: Power Plants!
Happy New Year! In lieu of our usual Eco News roundup, we're sharing some of our top blog posts of 2014, from our hit Real Food Right Now series to composting tips to reviews of some of the biggest enviro-themed TV and videos of the past year.