Environmental News Picks of the Week

September 20, 2013

What’s happening in environmental news? Here are the Eco News Network top picks for energy, air, and water environmental news stories for the week.

Boston Tops Ranking of Energy-Efficient U.S Citiesboston charles
According to the rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Boston is the city with the most energy saving initiatives, scoring 76.75 points out of a possible 100. This is greatly thanks to Menino’s “Renew Boston” initiative with the goal of decreasing Bostonians’ electricity usage. New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Austin also scored higher than 60. These are welcome news, U.S cities are taking matters into their own hands and being “green,” especially in the current political climate. Read the full story at National Geographic.


Death and Disability from Air Pollution Down 35 Percent in the US
Arden Pope, a professor at Brigham Young University, conducted a study that showed that the reduction in air pollution since 1990, has reduced the amount of death and disability specifically related to it by 35 percent. The study also had surprising findings like the fact that dirty air isn’t only damaging to the respiratory system, but also has negative effects on the heart and the brain. Read the full story at ScienceDaily.


Record Rain, Steep Canyons Fueled Colorado Floods
Unprecedented rainfall has been hitting Colorado since last week, lasting for up to 48 hours in some instances. As of Tuesday, September 17th, the precipitation levels had reached 17 inches. The flooding has caused great damage which has been exacerbated by canyons that line Colorado’s Front Range that have been pouring concentrated amounts of water into nearby towns like Boulder, Lyons, and Longmont. There are currently organizations that are helping those that have suffered from the floods and there are many ways to contribute. Read the full story at CNN.

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Stay tuned for next week’s picks. Got suggestions? E-mail us at info@econewsnetwork.org.

-Ivanha Paz

Photo Credit: Boston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (David Fox), Brigham Young University, Wikimedia Commons

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