As you know, all of the Earth's resources are linked in a massive, complex web that proves time and again to be more interwoven than we can imagine. Often times the Eco News stories we collect are about humanity creating problems by not considering the broader effects of our actions and also about finding solutions when we look at the big picture. This week's Eco News is no different!
It's back to school time! Here at GRACE we're trying to make everyone's job a little easier by providing free tools and resources that both teachers and students can use in their work on sustainable food, water and energy.
Sometimes it takes good research to open the public's eyes. For instance, new reports just put a growth-promoting drug given to hogs into the spotlight. And when the public heard about how unhealthy school lunches were, the standards were updated - updates new research says is supported by a majority of Americans. This week's Eco News has these stories and more!
On top of the interesting news we've collected for this week's Eco News, we included stories about exciting solutions to big problems facing the environment; for instance, we found stories about agrihoods, undamming rivers and reducing the costs of renewable energy. Check these out and get inspired!
The latest hot trend in gluten-free baked goods may be coffee flour, a product that is poised for commercial roll-out sometime this year, and that may help relieve some of the food waste and water pollution associated with coffee production. Made from coffee cherry pulp, coffee flour is high in nutrients and fiber. But some coffee farmers aren't so sure about its usefulness.
Drought in California, among other items, has topped news headlines and made water a major national issue. The fact is that water has always been central to our lives. But don't take our word for it! Here are our top picks for the best blogs, news outlets and thinkers on the subject of water.
What's your favorite summertime beverage? Is it lemonade? Soda? Maybe it's iced tea? A recent CBS News poll found that iced tea tops the list of favorite drinks on a summer day. To find out what beverages round out the top five thirst quenchers - and how much water is required to make each one - read on.
Systemic problems demand systemic changes. That's why the Clean Power Plan excites many environmentalists who see the terrible impacts of our rampant fossil fuel use. This week's Eco News features stories about facets of the historic plan - plus a pack of handpicked stories about big issues in the food and water sectors.
Like millions of Americans, we cried ourselves to sleep last night over Jon Stewart's departure from the Daily Show. We've rounded up a few of our favorite Daily Show clips that deal with food, water and energy issues. Goodbye Jon - thanks for the laughs. (Tear)
The new Eat Well Guide is a fantastic way to find sustainable and delicious food anywhere in the US. But as GRACE's Water and Energy team found out, it's also a great tool to find a meal that's water-efficient and solar-powered!
This week's Eco News has stories of how bans, incentives and laws can set the stage for how the world's people impact the environment. Government initiatives - or the lack thereof - do have a big impact on the environment. See stories about this and more!
Swimmable Water Weekend is a laudable Waterkeeper Alliance initiative that seeks to get people out to their favorite swimming hole, lake or beach and take the plunge for clean water. Don't miss out on their photo contest with an exciting prize package (including a GoPro camera)!
This week, we're thinking about the impacts - both positive and negative - of technology. From trains spilling oil to drones uncovering factory farm pollution, it's a lot to make sense of. Eco News is here to help.
When you find yourself in Las Vegas during the sweltering, 108-degree heat of the summer, is there a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sweltering, 125-degree heat of Hoover Dam? That's just what one of our staff members did recently. Check out her photos of the dam and of a rapidly declining Lake Mead.
Sometimes it's the little things we do that make the biggest impact - especially when they inspire others. In this week's EcoNews, many of the stories we found are about just that: a food pantry brings produce to low-income people, a tweak in wording helps Californians save water and it's now easier for under-served communities to get solar. See these stories plus more!
Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.