Eco-Beat, 10/5

Is “Old Christine” up to some new green tricks? Can Evander “the Real Deal” Holyfield help deliver a knockout blow to his latest opponent, global warming? Should you invest in a solar hot-water heater? Today’s Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, credit: Robyn Beck, Getty ImagesJulia Louis-Dreyfus Goes Green on the Set
On the set of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Julia works to keep the show’s footprint as small as possible. Says Julia: “Every light bulb is a compact fluorescent. We have a big recycling program. We tried to get rid of water bottles last year and failed at it.”
Evander Holyfield, credit: Jason Merritt, Getty ImagesHolyfield Steps in the Ring with Climate Change
The four-time heavyweight champ has partnered up with Global NES Georgia to convert 40 acres of his estate into a solar energy farm while converting another acre into a organic community garden for the neighborhood kids. Awesome.
solar water heater, credit: London Permaculture, FlickrWhen to Replace that Old Hot Water Heater
Sure, that old energy-hogging heater needs to go, but what should you put in its place? A tankless, on-demand heater, maybe? Or a renewable solar hot water heater? Grist has all the info to help you decide whether you can go zero-emissions in the shower.
Yellostone sign, credit: Scorpions and Centaurs, FlickrUS National Park Fail Their Physical
If you watched Ken Burns’ fabulous new documentary on our national parks, you now realize just how important it is for average, ordinary citizens to monitor the health of our parks. Well, after their latest exam, they’re not looking too healthy.
portrait of a naturescape, credit: Per Ola Wiberg, FlickrNature Scenes Make Us More Caring
One more very good reason to buy one of those National Parks calendars and hang it up in your cubicle: University of Rochester researchers have discovered that people are more relaxed, relationship-oriented, and generous after looking at beautiful naturescapes. No kidding.

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