Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have really cleaned up their act since the days of the burning river, but they've apparently traded industrial water woes for agricultural ones, with fertilizer runoff as the leading suspect in a toxic drinking water emergency in Toledo.
The family dinner is dying. Most Americans report eating dinner as a family fewer than five days per week.
Why is it so important to eat together? For one thing, you're less likely to eat fast food or eat out, which makes it more likely that you'll be eating a healthy meal. And there are other benefits too.
As an apartment dweller with no yard, I have a rather large obsession with planning my Imaginary Back Yard. Current daydream: fruit trees! This article from Inhabitat outlines the 7 easiest fruit trees to grow right in your yard — I'm all over that. Or rather...I will be. One of these days.