The White House released new bee-saving plans, the USDA released a no-GMO label, Long Beach voted for Meatless Mondays and Puerto Rico has ordered water-rationing in response to drought. Beyond busy governments, there are a lot of other Eco News stories to check out before the long Memorial Day weekend!
Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.
Imported or domestic? Wild or farmed? When did choosing fish become so difficult? We've pulled together advice on navigating some common fish options you'll likely come across at the market or fish shack. Summer goes by fast, so cut back on the pondering and get back into the sunshine with our fish cheat sheet!
A lot of big efforts in good food, water and energy are moving forward. Lots of schoolkids across the US could see antibiotic-free chicken served for lunch, Georgia has decreased its water use - as its population increased - and the Netherlands' solar road is working better than expected!
Since gardening was "invented" around 12,000 years ago, the skills and tools associated with the craft have evolved constantly. In fact, the traditional approach to gardening is to always update how it's done. To help you keep on the cutting edge, we'll cover a myriad of ways modern techniques and tools can be used to improve your gardening game.
This week there was a lot of news about water quality and how food and energy production affect it, specifically how fracking and industrial crop production (here's looking at you, corn) leads to water pollution. There were some bright sides, too - find them in this week's Eco News.
Happy Spring! As we welcome a sunnier, warmer weekend, we're mulling a lot of fascinating Eco News. We're excited to share our new Water Footprint Calculator so you can discover how much you're actually using. (You'd be surprised!) And have you heard about William Shatner's bold proposal to solve California's drought problem?
Do you know how much water you really use each day? Drought and water shortages mean we need to use water as productively as possible and cut back on waste. But to get there we first need to know how much water we use every day, and most of us have no idea.
There is very little that goes untouched by climate change. While not the biggest threat posed by rising global temperatures, the future of hockey itself is at stake. Here, we look at the NHL's noteworthy response: they've become a sustainability leader in professional sports.
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!