{Wednesday Roundup} 5/23/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

by Lindsay E. Brown

Memorial Day Weekend: Remembrance
Most of us are craving the upcoming 3-day weekend, time with friends and family, and barbecuing, but let’s not forget what the holiday is really about: to remember the women and men who have served and sacrificed for our nation in uniform.

If you’re in need of some food inspiration for the weekend, here are a few healthy recipes your friends and family will absolutely love.

Avocado and Cucumber Salad

Vegetable Grill with Balsamic-Red Wine Glaze

Chocolatey Coconut Chia Pudding

(Vegan) Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

Organic Blackberry Mojito

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Apple and the Environment
Apple announced hat its Maiden, N.C., data center will run entirely on renewable energy by the end of 2012. The company is building its own facilities which will produce sixty percent of the clean power needed. Apple’s new facilities will be the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country. Apple also says plans are in the works to use renewable energy to power data centers in Newark, Calif., and Prineville, Ore.

Climate Science Education Graduates to the Next Level
Climate science has been a tricky subject in the classroom. Climate change is a complex subject to teach, and it puts teachers smack in the middle of what is, but shouldn’t be, an ideological battle. Things are starting to change though as more standard-setting groups and educators come to an agreement about what kids need to learn about climate science.

Navy Crowdsources Future Energy Strategy with Wargame
The U.S. Navy introduced a new version of its Mmowgli (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet) – an online gaming project that encourages players around the world to figure out how the military can best meet its energy demands. Drilling for oil isn’t an option though — thinkers must find solutions that aren’t reliant on fossil fuels.

In North Dakota and Nationwide, A Boom in Health Problems Accompanies Fracking
North Dakota is the second-largest oil-producing state in the country. But this boom comes with a heavy price: public health officials are concerned that the pollution from the wells is making people very sick.

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
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