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This Week’s Top Eco Stories

August 3, 2012

by Lindsay E. Brown

9 Apps To Help You Make Better Food Choices For Yourself And The Planet
The actual task of grocery shopping is no easy feat. Once you’re there, the endless choices and marketing spin in your face can be overwhelming. We feel your pain.

Simply download these apps to help you make healthier, informed choices for your family so you can drop all the good stuff in your cart that does the least amount of harm to your body and the environment.

TransCanada Gets Key Go-Ahead for Final Southern Leg of Pipeline Project
The Washington Post examines the most recent update to the pipeline project: the one section of Keystone XL that has earned approval. After President Obama told agencies to “cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority . . . and get it done,” the Army Corps of Engineers has issued three permits to TransCanada that allow the Canadian company to start laying pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

Natural Products for Dog and Cat Lovers Who Want a Healthy Home
Any pet owner knows that it can be hard to keep a home or apartment free of pet odors. They can bring dirt into the home, shed, sometimes even leave you a surprise on the carpet or floor.

But you love them anyway.

Clean + Green makes a series of all-natural pet stain and odor removers that work well without harsh chemicals or perfumes. The products are made with ingredients that and are non-toxic, biodegradable, and will not damage the ozone layer. The packaging is even 100 percent recyclable.

How to Save Mothers’ Lives
Today the global health policy summit in London will address topics ranging from noncommunicable diseases to ageing societies to maternal-health. Just a few years ago, it was said that every minute of every hour of every day, a woman died in pregnancy and childbirth. Even though the number of deaths have halved, there is still work to be done. A session on maternal-health will assess lessons learned and the next critical steps to take so as to reduce maternal mortality.

Caffeinated Seas Found Off U.S. Pacific Northwest
Off the Pacific Northwestern coast, scientists have detected unusually high levels of caffeine in the ocean. The likely culprit is unmonitored septic systems. Experts say the discovery is evidence that contaminants in human waste are entering natural water systems, and its consequences for wildlife and humans are unknown.  

11 Easy to Save Flower Seeds
In the mood to spread some seed love this summer? Collect seeds responsibly from some of the most commonly found flowers in gardens. This post offers 11 videos to show you precisely how.


Have a tip you’d like us to include in our next roundup? Tweet @LauraSeydel and @LindsEBrown using hashtag #EcoRoundup

Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Image.

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