There is lots of serious — often very bad — news about water and the environment published every day. But there also are some quirky and entertaining news items out there.
Here is a look back at some of the offbeat news items among the hundreds of important articles and research papers linked to from the Freshwater blog in 2011:
A New York Times story on corporate sustainability efforts reported the Levi Strauss & Company’s advice to consumers: Freeze your jeans – instead of washing them – to save water.
Budweiser suggests men stop shaving to conserve a million gallons of water.
New York University journalism students write and record My Water’s on Fire Tonight, their take on the controversy over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.