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This Week in Eco News - August 29, 2014

Reusing and repurposing our stuff is a great way to go for the environment and our wallets - and consider the just plain fun, creative benefits! From a beautiful backyard herb garden in an old kitchen sink to mindful back to school shopping, here's some food for thought this Labor Day weekend.

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

This Week in Eco News - August 22, 2014

Talk about opposites: record-setting rain drowned parts of Long Island, New York last week while California's water overuse is aggravating already parched conditions. One great piece of Eco News: Oregon's state legislature said no to a coal export terminal on the coast which could have fouled native fisheries in the Columbia River and other waterways.

This Week in Eco News - August 15, 2014

How do you manage your resources? Several stories this week deal with that question, on scales ranging from national to your very own home. (Remember, a solar energy spill just means an extra-sunny day at your house!) Find out the latest source of aid for California's farmers who are still enduring the state's awful drought.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

This Week in Eco News - August 8, 2014

The effects of industrial farming were on vivid display last week as toxic algae contaminated the water in Toledo, Ohio. Here's what you can do to bolster sustainable food: shop at a farmers' market to celebrate local farmers who are building a better food system. (While you're there, wish everyone a Happy National Farmers' Market Week!)

Sports and Sustainability: A Winning Combination!

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about attending your favorite football/baseball/soccer/hockey team's game at their hometown stadium? Sustainable food? Water conservation? Maybe recycling or composting? No? What about LEED Gold Certifications, green rooftops or farm-to-table menus?

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

This Week in Eco News - August 1, 2014

We hope you're enjoying a beautiful summer lazing beside your favorite waterfront! Lots of good stories this week on GMO labeling, the California drought and why your favorite cup of iced coffee is costing you more these days.

The Complex (and Currently High) Cost of Iced Coffee

Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.

This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

This Week in Eco News - July 18, 2014

Like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on more summer bounty at the farmers' market. While there, have you also bought local eggs? Some food for thought this weekend along with our other food, water and energy Eco News!

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