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{Wednesday Roundup} 4/25/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

by Lindsay E. Brown

Going for Green — Britain’s 2012 Dream
Will the Olympic games in London set new records for being the the most sustainable Olympics ever? Find out by watching this video which tells the story of how the Olympic Park is being constructed sustainably.

Joel Salatin Responds to New York Times’ ‘Myth of Sustainable Meat’
Joel Salatin’s healthy and unconventional farming practices are lauded in Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” as well as the popular documentary “Food, Inc.” But recently, one of America’s favorite farmers had a bone to pick with the New York Times for publishing an editorial “The Myth of Sustainable Meat” which, according to Salatin, “contains enough factual errors and skewed assumptions to fill a book.”  Read the rebuttal and share your thoughts with us.

10 Surprising Recycling Efforts
In the U.S., over 7 billion pounds of PVC is thrown away each year; and of that amount, only 18 million pounds (approximately one-quarter of 1 percent) is actually recycled. From bras to crayons, give objects in your home new life with these clever recycling tips.

No Place For Heated Opinions
Did you catch the final episode of Frozen Planet Sunday night? Despite breathtaking footage of rapidly melting glaciers and sea ice, the episode has drawn criticism for tiptoeing around climate change and not discussing why the poles are warming. One director came out and said nature documentaries are no place for “political” messages, but environmentalist and 350.org founder, Bill McKibben disagreed. “It’s kind of like doing a powerful documentary about lung cancer and leaving out the part about the cigarettes,” he said.

Empowering Women, After the Genocide
Between April and June 1994, an estimated 1,000,000 Rwandans — men, women and children — were killed in the space of 100 days as part of a civil genocide. Eighteen years after the tragedy swept the country, here’s a powerful story of Rwandan women who are building their country back up. The Women’s Opportunity Center, slated to launch in March of 2013, will be a permanent space for women that will advance progress toward gender equality and social inclusion for Rwandan women.

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off
In this op-ed, the reporter discusses the two-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill — the largest accidental oil spill in U.S. history — and the fact that no one has truly been held accountable. BP received a mere slap on the wrist, and pocketed $26 billion in profits in 2011.

Engineer Arrested in BP Oil Spill Case
Federal prosecutors have arrested a BP engineer in Texas and charged him with two counts of obstruction of justice, saying he deleted text messages documenting the amount of oil that was leaking. These are the first criminal charges filed in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kurt Mix, the BP engineer, allegedly deleted hundreds of text messages describing the high volume of oil flowing from the well.

Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Collaboration Announced Between US, UK
Floating offshore wind turbines have been around for some time now, but they haven’t been commercially viable. That is, until now. The U.S. and the UK have announced plans to collaborate on developing these floating offshore wind turbines which will operate in waters up to 500′ deep.

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This post was written by eco-contributor Lindsay E. Brown. She’s the managing editor at Eco-Chick.com, publisher of BrownLovesGreen.org, an author, and regularly contributes to EarthHour.org and a host of other sites across the web. Follow her on Twitter: @LindsEBrown
Photo Credit: AP

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