What an Earth Week! The unofficial theme seemed to be "creative approaches to making our world better" - check out the amazing tale about a brave swimmer of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and the farmers whose vision for our food future is non-GMO - and delicious!
Happy Earth Month! Here is the cutest list o'easy eco tips you've ever seen. Which tip will you use to show our favorite planet some love?
One of the big reasons why we advocate for sustainable food, water and energy? It makes for a safer society. This last week was full of news about the need for testing and conservation to protect us and our resources. Read up on this week's EcoNews to see how the studies and reports of today will lead to a safer tomorrow.
This past week, everyone has been talking western water - or more accurately, the lack of it. Our team has combed through the drought news and pulled together the best stories about it and its impact for this week's Eco News. Plus: stories about clean energy and more humane treatment of animals!
California's snowcapped mountains aren't merely a beautiful backdrop, but also a high-elevation water storage system. Snowpack is so important because in a normal year, California gets about 30 percent of its water from snowpack runoff. And this year, there is almost none. Is this the harbinger of a new era?
While some news this week was pretty dire - "Snowpack? What snowpack?" - we found plenty of inspiring stories about groups doing great sustainable work. The Navajo Nation passed a tax on junk food and soda, the Bullitt Center will be the world's most sustainable venue and passive houses are taking off, which use about a quarter of the energy most houses do. Learn about these groups and others making a difference.
Mollusks might be nervous: ocean acidification looms. As with rising mercury concentrations in fish, our fossil fueled energy choices are largely to blame. (OK, so maybe mollusks don't have feelings - but we bet you do, oyster-lovers.) What a great reason to support renewable energy!
In this week's EcoNews, we feature a lot of stories involving the management of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals. A new study found that common pesticides - like those in RoundUp - might cause antibiotic resistance. And towns are designing wetlands to purify water from pharmaceuticals in sewage.
Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.
Today is the first day of spring, so take heart - even if we have a few more chilly days and a stray snowstorm to welcome it, warmer, sunnier days will be here soon! This week and weekend, we're celebrating Fix a Leak Week and World Water Day, with plenty of fitting Eco News on tap.
According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.
We're still buzzing with excitement after The Meatrix: Relaunched made its debut this week. There are plenty of great animations in this week's Eco News demonstrating how much water goes into our food - and what's happening to water amidst droughts and climate change.
Now that you've freed your mind from the Meatrix, you can help fight for sustainable family farms. This will not only produce better food and improved animal welfare, but reduce impacts on our water and energy systems too.
There's been some surprisingly good news this week out of powerful companies and governmental bodies. For one, McDonald's chose to phase out human antibiotics from its chicken supply. And lawmakers offered bills to expand farm-to-school programs, a community voted down oil drilling and a company dropped plans for a giant iron mine.
For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.
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.