“It’s important for us to pay attention to our own health and well-being. Eating a healthy diet, surrounding ourselves in a toxin-free environment, and staying away from chemicals whenever possible are all ways to help make your life the best it can be.”

Lifestyle

{Wednesday Roundup} 7/11/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

by Lindsay E. Brown

Got Milk? You Don’t Need It
Opinion columnist Mark Bittman drank milk most of his life, just as he was told, until he realized it wasn’t good for him at all. Bittman sheds light on all of the confusion surrounding cow milk, and why we’d all be better off without it.

How DIY Electronics Benefit the Environment
You, yes you, can become a citizen scientist. DIY science benefits the planet through saved resources, and citizen scientists can aid the environmental movement in a big way.

Has Organic Been Oversized?
If you’re interested in food, we suggest you read this article that ran in Sunday’s New York Times. Writer Stephanie Strom profiled Michael Potter, owner of Eden Foods, who is one of several people left who own large, independent companies producing organic food. Strom also detailed the consolidation of the organic industry.

Get Energy Bills that Won’t Make You Sweat
The author shares important information about geothermal systems and how they could help you cut your heating and cooling costs significantly.

But since it’s hot right now, follow the low-cost cooling ideas offered while you contemplate that geothermal system.

How the West Was Lost
Record-setting wildfires continue to devastate Western states, destroying more than 1,000 homes. Dick Manning laments our lack of preparation, even though we saw this natural disaster coming.

 Seabirds Eating Bellyfuls of Plastic: Study
A new study has found that seabirds mistake objects like twine, Styrofoam and wrappers for food. Analyses of their stomach contents show that there’s been an increase in plastic pollution off the coasts over the past four decades.

 High-Speed Rail in America: It Might Possibly Actually Happen
Amtrak announced a proposal for a $151 billion high-speed line in the Northeast yesterday. The proposed high-speed rail line would travel at top speeds of 220 mph in some sections.

“In the future, to move more people that are coming to the region, we have to increase speeds,” said Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm.  ”We have to get to next generation high speed rail.”

But California has high-speed rail dreams too.

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post debates who will make high-speed rail happen first: California or the Northeast. The race is on.

 

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Image: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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