{Wednesday Roundup} 5/30/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

 by Lindsay E. Brown

Michelle Obama Reveals How Her White House Garden Grows
First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” is all about her experiences as the White House’s Gardener in Chief. The book – which came out just yesterday – also tackles childhood obesity with sage advice from Mrs. Obama on how we can collectively combat the issue together as a nation. Proceeds from “American Grown” go to the National Parks Foundation.

Coal Industry Pays Fake Activists $50 to Wear Pro-Coal Shirts at Public Hearing
The coal industry seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel these days with their most recent stunt. Unable to find real activists, the coal industry paid people $50 to don pro-coal t-shirts during an EPA hearing on carbon standards for new plants last week. They were caught because the coal group posted a recruitment ad on Craigslist. Oops.

Massachusetts Planning Food Waste Ban for Businesses
Businesses in Massachusetts will likely soon see their food waste composted for renewable energy, thanks to new state regulations proposed. The proposed ban on discarding food waste has several key benefits which include: decreased methane released into the air, renewable energy generated through anaerobic digestion and businesses will save money.

Parador Resort and Spa: Costa Rica’s Sustainable Jewel

If you’re looking for your next travel destination with family, friends, or your significant other, then head to one of Costa Rica’s finest resorts on the stunning Pacific Coast: Hotel Parador. They’re an eco resort that celebrates and preserves the bounty and beauty of their precious natural assets in every way imaginable.

Parador is currently offering an affordable offer for readers which is certainly worth a peek. Click on the above article for more information.

Studies Show Land Rights Reform Key to Saving Forests, Fighting Climate Change

According to this article in the Washington Post, give local residents a say on how forests are used, and you’ll reduce climate change and deforestation. The goal of the report by NGO Rights and Resources Initiative is to encourage the upcoming U.N. Summit in Rio de Janeiro to take on the issue of land reforms.

The $4 Billion Lobbying Blitz that Bought Shell the Arctic
Shell will commence oil drilling off the coast of Northern Alaska in July, a move which has many questioning whether President Obama has fossil fuel producers’ best interests at heart. This article on TreeHugger.com dives into how the oil company leveraged its deep pockets to win America’s Arctic, despite protests at the White House.

The New York Times took a deeper look into the people who would suffer should there be an oil spill: the Inupiat Eskimos. The BP oil spill happened just 2 years ago and dumped an estimated 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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This post was written by eco-contributor Lindsay E. Brown. She’s the managing editor at Eco-Chick.com, an author, and contributes to Ecover US, GatherGreen.com, Eco-Age.com, and EarthHour.org. She interviews high-profile women for her “Heroines for the Planet” series on Eco Chick, and she’s a M.S. broadcast candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Follow her on Twitter: @LindsEBrown

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