Green reads for the Independence countdown

Hello, brave greensters. It’s time once again for your roundup of reading that sports that peculiar verdant hue.

From Grist, a review of a book about obesity and climate change. Sounds like the book gets at the issues of individual choice vs. government regulation, as well as the connections between the two phenomena. Eat local and shrink your footprint along with your waistline.

A suggestion from Politico that the Obama veggie garden has had a bigger political effect than expected. I love seeing agribusiness squirm, forced into a position where they’re arguing against schoolkids harvesting and eating healthy food. And I love the photo of Michelle! More images here.

On the blog Discovering Urbanism, a look at Charlottesville’s tree canopy, which apparently is doing just fine, thank you. At least in terms of how much of the city is covered by trees. As to how many may be mangled by bad pruning jobs, suffocating under a two-foot mound of mulch, or otherwise abused, that’s for another day.

The Progress reports on graduated water rates for Albemarle County, which start July 1. Bottom line: Use less and save. But you knew that.

And finally, a USA Today story about a new EPA air pollution study, which in turn links to a county-by-county map of the U.S. where you can find out how your locality measures up in terms of air-pollution-related cancer risk. Albemarle has a somewhat elevated risk, but nothing unusual in the East. Anyone else want to move to north-central Nebraska and start an organic farm?

More links, readers? Post ’em in the comments.

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