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US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis of Illegal Toxic Dumping 17.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Hundreds of irradiated “filter socks” dumped in an abandoned building found by North Dakota officials on Feb. 28 (Source: North Dakota Dept of Health)Industrial waste from fracking sites is leaving a "legacy of radioactivity" across the country as the drilling boom churns out more and more toxic byproducts with little to no oversight of the disposal process, critics ...
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Court Upholds Original EPA Emission Standards For Air Pollutants 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency's reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, "are amply supported by EPA's findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure," said the court. Congress did not specify what types or levels of public health risks should be deemed a hazard under federal law. By leaving this gap in the statute, Congress delegated to the EPA the authority to give reasonable meaning to the term "hazard," said the court. In the majority were chief judge Merrick Garland and judge Judith Rogers, both appointees of ...
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More Than 900 Environmental Advocates Slain In A Decade As Concern For The Planet Grows 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BANGKOK (AP) — As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him. A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero. But the prosecution of Prajob's murder is a rare exception. A survey released Tuesday -- the first comprehensive one of its kind - says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. The report by the London-based Global Witness, a group that seeks to shed light on the links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, says murders of those protecting land rights and the environment have soared dramatically. It noted that its toll of victims in 35 ...
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No Time for Wasting Waste 14.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are dangerous amounts of chemicals entering our air and water. Plastic is swirling around in the ocean and our landfills are overflowing. We stand to either poison ourselves, or get buried under a mountain of trash. Extended producer responsibility (EPR), wonky as it may sound, may be part of the solution. EPR asks manufacturers to take responsibility for a product not only when it is produced, but at the end of its useful life. It is a "cradle-to-cradle" approach that promises to not only help tackle our close-to-capacity landfill problem, but also to reduce our toxic waste. Here is how it would work: EPR would mandate that the producer take both physical and financial responsibility for a product's entire life. Companies would be responsible for the product after the consumer finishes with it. This would include everything from your favorite rubber ducky, to your toxic-flame-retardant-laden couch, to any unused antibiotics. EPR would not only help motivate companies to design sustainable, longer ...
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You Can't Buy Ikea's Newest Item In Stores, But It Just May Change The World 12.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ikea just got one step closer to going off the grid. The Swedish home goods giant, best known for its affordable and efficiently flat-packed furniture, announced Tuesday the purchase of a 98-megawatt wind farm in Hoopestown, Ill. “It’s about taking care of the environment and living within our means," Rob Olson, chief financial officer of Ikea U.S., told the Tribune Thursday. The Hoopestown wind farm is currently under construction and expected to be up and running by the first part of 2015, the company said in a statement. Upon its completion, the farm is expected to generate up to 380 gigawatt hours of renewable energy a year, or the equivalent of taking 55,000 cars off the road annually . The company says the projected output represents the energy consumed by 70 Ikea stores or 18 percent of the electricity used by the Ikea Group worldwide. “We are committed to renewable energy and to running our business in a way that minimizes our carbon emissions, not only because of the environmental impact, but ...
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How Clean Energy and Waste Management turn trash into green fuel 11.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Clean Energy and Waste Management transform landfill emissions into liquefied or compressed natural gas.

How Clean Energy and Waste Management turn trash into green fuel
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Cheap Solar Power Is Fueling Global Renewable Energy Growth: Report 8.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From Climate Central's Bobby Magill: The share of total global electricity production generated by renewable energy is climbing, mainly because solar photovoltaic systems are becoming less expensive, according to a report released Monday by the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Wind, solar and other renewables, excluding hydropower, were 8.5 percent of total global electric power generation last year, up from 7.8 percent in 2012, the report says. That comes just after Bloomberg and Pew Charitable Trusts issued a report last week saying investments in renewables worldwide has been declining since their peak in 2011, with the U.S. lagging behind China in overall investments in wind, solar and other renewables. The reports come about a week after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part to its fifth assessment report , stating with certainty that humans are going to have to adapt to a world enduring climate change caused by greenhouse gas ...
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From flat-pack furniture to workplace recycling 4.4.2014 Planet Ark News
IKEA Tempe is making a remarkable effort to reduce its impact on the environment by introducing recycling into the workplace, and last year diverted 60% of their waste from landfill. Check out how they're doing it.
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This Company Thinks Remote Green Energy Sources Are Looking Up -- Way, Way Up 3.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... high-altitude flying wind turbine. A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed , with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska. The blimp-like powerhouse, which Altaeros refers to as a Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) , aims to improve on more conventional, tower-based turbines by tapping into the stronger, more consistent winds found at higher altitudes. As an added benefit, Altaeros' CEO Ben Glass says in a release, the "BAT can be transported and setup without the need for large cranes, towers, or underground foundations that have hampered past wind projects.” This makes it ideal for isolated communities where electricity is either nonexistent or prohibitively expensive. In remote parts of Alaska, for instance, where the BAT may be deployed, a significant amount of electricity currently comes ...
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Countertop composter claims it can turn food waste into odorless compost in just 3 hours 31.3.2014 TreeHugger
The average person sends hundreds of pounds of food waste each year to the landfill, which could instead be composted to build healthy soil. This little unit promises to make that composting process much simpler.
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'Ooho,' Tiny Edible Water Blob, Could Be A Major Solution To Plastic Bottle Waste (VIDEO) 30.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
'Ooho,' Tiny Edible Water Blob, Could Be A Major Solution To Plastic Bottle Waste (VIDEO)
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Earth Hour 2014: World To Turn Off The Lights For 60 Minutes In Honor Of The Environment 30.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Hour 2014: World To Turn Off The Lights For 60 Minutes In Honor Of The Environment
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How Sacramento takes food waste from tables to gas tanks 28.3.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

CleanWorld turns food waste into energy that powers garbage trucks as part of a program toward transforming the California capital.

How Sacramento takes food waste from tables to gas tanks
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Wind Farms Flourish Across The U.S. As Interest In Renewable Energy Skyrockets 27.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wind Farms Flourish Across The U.S. As Interest In Renewable Energy Skyrockets
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Willie Nelson's 'America The Beautiful' Takes Aim At Mountaintop Removal (VIDEO) 26.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Willie Nelson's 'America The Beautiful' Takes Aim At Mountaintop Removal (VIDEO)
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Warning over burning aborted foetuses 24.3.2014 BBC: Front Page
The medical director of the NHS is writing to all hospital trusts in England reminding them that it is illegal to dispose of aborted foetuses by burning them as clinical waste.
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Pepsi's biodegradable backlash: The snack bag that was too noisy 18.3.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Consumers complained PepsiCo’s first compostable snack food bag was too loud, sending the company back to the packaging drawing board.

Pepsi's biodegradable backlash: The snack bag that was too noisy
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Three Years After Fukushima, Ex-Nuclear Chief Lobbies For Worldwide Phase-Out 13.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three Years After Fukushima, Ex-Nuclear Chief Lobbies For Worldwide Phase-Out
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North Dakota Oil Boom Puts Pressure On Great Plains Farmers 11.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A modified John Deere combine collects a mix of corn kernels and cobs on a farm near Hurley, S.D. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers) ...
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Climate Change Poses Major Threat To Energy Infrastructure, Agency Warns 10.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Melting sea ice due to climate change could cause sea levels to rise, threatening the power grid. The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the banks of the Hudson River March 22, 2011 in Buchanan, NY. ...
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