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This Week in Eco News - July 31, 2015

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!

Heroic Endeavor: Swimmable Water Weekend from Waterkeeper Alliance

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 in Eco News - July 24, 2015

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.

Lake Mead: How Low Can You Flow?

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.

This Week in Eco News - July 10, 2015

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!

Skip Showers for Beef? Try Less and Better Meat

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.

Let's Reclaim Shark Week!

If you're a shark lover, we don't need to tell you that this is Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's sensational celebration of all things shark. Instead of faux documentaries and specials that play on bloodthirsty stereotypes, let's respect that the ocean is home to these curious, powerful animals. Let's reclaim shark week!

This Week in Eco News - July 3, 2015

This week's EcoNews features some specific - and innovative - solutions to pressing ecological issues, from a dramatic rise in food stamp dollars spent at farmers' markets to the biggest passive energy building in the world. Learn about these amazing efforts towards positive change, and more!

This Week in Eco News - June 26, 2015

On top of all the big EcoNews we've gathered for you this week, we're very excited to announce the launch of the new Eat Well Guide! Use it to search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food!

Making the Grade: Clean Water Proponents Issue Report Card for Long Island Sound

Like parents reviewing their kids' report cards, politicians pay attention to grades. The Long Island Sound report card "makes it clear that while progress has been made to improve the water quality of the Sound, more must be done to preserve this economic engine and local treasure's waters and coastline," says New York Congressman Steve Israel.

This Week in Eco News - June 19, 2015

Whether it's a multinational corporation or a single individual, there's always room for improvement when it comes to protecting our planet and using its resources wisely. This week's EcoNews features run the gamut, from our collective use of the world's aquifers, to supermarkets selling ugly fruit (like these gnarly tomatoes), all the way down to how you -- yes, you -- can cut your energy bill in half.

Sweet Days of Summer, the Algae's in Bloom

Algae can be pesky. We've talked previously about algal blooms causing dead zones and poisoning drinking water. Unfortunately, climate change and nutrient runoff are making algal blooms even worse.

50 Alternative Uses For Your Empty Pool

With many homeowners opting to leave their swimming pools dry in the midst of drought, we challenged ourselves to come up with 50 ideas for your empty pool. Check out our list and don't get jealous.

This Week in Eco News - June 12, 2015

So much of making sustainable choices is about looking forward and thinking about what is possible! What would it take to get the US to rely on 100% clean energy? Could we feed everyone from food grown within 100 miles of their home? What happens if fracking precautions aren't taken? Find the predictions and answers in this week's EcoNews.

How to Enjoy the Beach Without Trashing It

There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a trip to the beach. It's even good for your brain. But our love affair with that magic place where surf meets land has not always been good for the ocean itself, and most of us would do well to treat it a little more carefully. Here, step-by-step, our tips for your lightest impact trip to the beach.

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