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Municipal waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power 30.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A study by Columbia University's Earth Engineering Center highlights opportunities already developed in Europe.

Municipal waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power
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PG&E Charged With Obstruction Over Deadly San Bruno Pipeline Blast 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction. Prosecutors say PG&E hampered the investigation by lying to National Transportation Safety Board investigators after the blast. In particular, PG&E officials are accused of trying to mislead the NTSB about the pipeline testing and maintenance procedures the utility was following at the time of the explosion and for six months after under a company policy that did not meet federal safety standards. "The consequence of this practice was that PG&E did not prioritize as ...
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Why American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Puma want your hand-me-downs 30.7.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Almost 95 percent of textiles can be reused or repurposed. I:Collect wants to kickstart the process, and it may be in a store near you.

Why American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Puma want your hand-me-downs
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Global Emissions of Trace Gases, Particulate Matter, and Hazardous Air Pollutants from Open Burning of Domestic Waste 29.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es502250z
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What Everyone Needs to Know About "Toilet to Tap" Water 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Direct potable reuse projects, or putting treated municipal wastewater directly back into the same city's drinking water supply, are creating headlines all over the Southwest and especially in Texas where the City of Big Spring is already doing it, and Wichita Falls just started. Is this a brave new world -- a sign that the historic drought is collapsing our civilization? Are there not better solutions to severe water shortages? On the contrary, direct potable reuse would be an improvement over the current situation for several cities in Texas. We all learn about the hydrologic cycle in elementary school -- rain falls, runoff drains directly or through groundwater into rivers that eventually reach the oceans, evaporation returns water to the atmosphere, and rain falls again. Back 2,000 years ago, it might have been that simple, but as the rising population has increasingly concentrated in cities, the water cycle has become more complex. Cities take water from rivers or wells, contaminate it as they use ...
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Kinetics and Mechanism of Sonochemical Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Wastewater 28.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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DOI: 10.1021/es5016197
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Music festivals are environmental disasters 23.7.2014 TreeHugger
Campers often leave tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, and booze behind after they're done partying all weekend. Everything gets sent to the landfill. This behaviour needs to stop.
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Sainsbury's turns its own expired food into electricity 23.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

U.K. supermarkets Sainsbury announces that one English store is now powered entirely by biogas.

Sainsbury's turns its own expired food into electricity
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DuPont and GM's lessons for closing in on zero waste 23.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

How dedicated are you to going landfill-free? One company did it in less than three years with few people, no capital and an unglamorous laundry list.

DuPont and GM's lessons for closing in on zero waste
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Solar Company Sungevity Raises $1.5 Million For Nonprofit Partners 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sungevity, Inc. , a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that they had reached a key milestone with their nonprofit partners. The company's partnership program, Sungevity.org , works with nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes while encouraging their members to choose Sungevity for their solar installations. Sungevity has now donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofits ranging from the Sierra Club and Save the Frogs to schools and science centers. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the company will announce Wednesday that it is making a $50,000 donation to their local food bank in California, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and adding them as a partner nonprofit. The ACCFB serves a sixth of Alameda County residents and distributes 450,000 meals worth of food every week. For each customer that installs solar with Sungevity, the company will donate to their nonprofit of choice. “Every home ...
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Low Temperature Partial Nitritation/Anammox in a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor Treating Low Strength Wastewater 16.7.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es501649m
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World Bank Environmental, Social Protections In Need Of Updating, Review Finds 15.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters. The global development lender is undergoing the first major update to its social and environmental protections in decades, which are likely to influence other international institutions. Non-profit groups fear the bank may weaken its protections to speed up lending approval and better compete with development rivals, although it has said it aims to keep the safeguards as strong as ever in its efforts to combat poverty worldwide. But even the current management of safeguard risks has problems, according to the review, conducted by the bank's internal audit department. Employees who focus on reducing social and environmental damage from projects lack independence or incentives to do a good job, and the World Bank has little oversight over how well their advice is followed and ...
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Food waste is so yesterday — think biogas instead 10.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

More U.S. cities are trying new ways to harvest energy from food that otherwise would have rotted in landfills and emitted methane. 

Food waste is so yesterday — think biogas instead
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5 Things You Should Know About Generating Electricity From Landfill Gas 9.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With EPA's recent announcement that new landfills will be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and air toxic emissions by 2023 (13 percent more than current requirements), the Obama Administration takes another step forward to curb greenhouse gas emissions. This step is especially valuable since landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the U.S. and methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Additionally, when landfill gas is captured, it can be used for another purpose: energy. The process of capturing and using landfill gas (LFG) is considered biomass renewable energy. Cities around the world are utilizing emissions from landfills to provide electricity to plants, manufacturing facilities, homes, businesses, and transportation. We expect using LFG for good will be receiving more attention especially if the EPA is successful in applying the elevated requirements to existing landfills and as countries around the world seek to reduce emissions. ...
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These Squished-Face Soccer Cats Are Just What We Needed 5.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ever since the the U.S.'s heartbreaking elimination from the World Cup, we all have a case of the soccer blues.

But fear not.

This video from Mashable -- in which two squished-face kitties, Tofu and Gertie, show us their best moves on the field -- will be sure to brighten your day.

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EPA Proposes New Standards for Landfills, Hopes to Reduce Methane Emissions 2.7.2014 Environmental News Network
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health.
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GreenBiz 101: From trash to treasure, the elusive quest for zero waste 2.7.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Why companies and communities are looking beyond resource efficiency to advocate closed-loop approaches for reusing almost everything we produce.

GreenBiz 101: From trash to treasure, the elusive quest for zero waste
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Artist Uncovers The Music Score Hiding In A Japanese Skyline 1.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The artist Koshi Kawachi is a master of turning the everyday into the sublime . His latest project converts mountain ranges and cityscapes into musical scores, so you can "hear" the shape of the environment. The score above was created for a recent exhibit at the 500m Museum in the city of Sapporo, on Japan's Hokkaido island. Kawachi scored the skyline as viewed from the Sapporo JR Tower, a 38-story skyscraper that acts as a gateway to the city. Built off the skyline's critical points, the score is played on a Tonkori, a plucked string instrument indigenous to the island. Kawachi's other compositions include a take on the Shinjuku region in Tokyo, and one based on the Bavarian Alps. Because, of course ...
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10 ways to improve your recycling 30.6.2014 TreeHugger
Here are some tips for taking your recycling to the next level.
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Obama: Chile Solar Power Plan To Receive U.S. Support 30.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States wants to help Chile build Latin America's largest solar power plant. Obama touted the project during an Oval Office meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who has returned to office after winning election in March. Obama said Chile has been a model democracy in Latin America and he wants to deepen cooperation between the two nations. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation on Friday approved a loan guarantee of up to $230 million to support Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar's construction of a 141 megawatt solar power plant in Chile's Atacama Desert, which receives some of the planet's steadiest concentrations of direct sunlight. Since June 2013, OPIC has approved almost $900 million of loan guarantees for six renewable energy generation projects in Chile, making the U.S. the largest lender for those projects. The White House said the projects help generate U.S. exports and support U.S. jobs. "We're both very ...
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