Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?
It's taken some time, but the EPA has finally taken a first step towards curbing CO2 emissions from new power plants, particularly coal-fired ones. The reaction from the coal industry has been predictable, so what happens next?
What is the 21st century outlook for the world's freshwater future? Some expect a dystopian future of drought, pollution, water and food shortages and, ultimately, "water wars" among nations. But World Water Week reminds us that cooperation might be more likely.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face either drought or flooding today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns over water crises, but in order to create good policy, we need strong data.
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
In this InSinkErator-funded study, a life cycle analysis was done for 12 disposal scenarios of food waste. According to the study, using a garbage disposal could help to curb climate change if your wastewater treatment system has an anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas.
A new study comes to a counter-intuitive conclusion: City residents have bigger carbon footprints than suburban or country residents. (Well, at least in Finland.) How is that possible? Higher consumption, and that has big implications no matter where you live.
Climate change, global warming and weather all impact each other but they aren't the same things. Read about the difference and find out how they're all making droughts and floods worse.
In late May, water scientists gathered at a conference and issued a stark warning about global freshwater challenges in this "Anthropocene" era. Yet their recommendations for research, scientific training and ecosystem-friendly solutions fell short of what's needed: a recognition of humanity's place in the web of life.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
On May 9, 2013 researchers located at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii measured an ominous milestone regarding climate change. For the first time in three million years the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide registered at 400 parts per million.
Elemental, a new documentary about eco-warriors Rajendra Singh, Eriel Deranger and Jay Harman premieres this week in New York City. The film offers a glimpse into the lives of three regular people on personal journeys of epic proportions to save the environment.
Among the many negatives associated with food waste is the added strain - through excess consumption and production - it places on our finite freshwater resources.
Funding cuts to a joint NYC DEP and USGS water data collection program could make it difficult for managers and planners to fully assess groundwater and water conditions throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island.