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New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure To Cut 18,000 Trees To Go Solar 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.


Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.


The facility will be located east of the safari park in Jackson and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.


Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.


Six Flags spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1HUsoaV ) the park and KDC Solar have pledged to replant 25,000 trees over a period of seven years.


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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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Louisiana Residents Convince EPA That Burning Explosive Waste Outside Is a Bad Idea 26.3.2015 Truthout.com
More than 18 million pounds of hazardous explosives are still sitting in bunkers at Camp Minden in Louisiana, after an explosion happened there more than two years ago. Officials haven't agreed on how to clean up the wartime leftovers, but they have decided not to burn them in the open air. A handout photo of the scene of an explosion at Camp Minden in Louisiana in October 2012, after which 18 million pounds of unstable hazardous material was discovered. Webster Parish residents and others said they would not shy from a confrontation if authorities proceed with a plan to openly burn an abandoned stockpile of M6 propellant left at the camp since the private contractor that owned it declared bankruptcy. (Louisiana National Guard via The New York Times) Do you want to see more stories like this published? Click here to help Truthout continue doing this work! More than 18 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellant and other hazardous explosives are still sitting in bunkers at the Camp Minden military ...
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Here's How A Group Of Activists Is Using Balloons To Keep Tabs On The Environment 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An idea sparked in the aftermath of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history gave way to a community dedicated to democratizing environmental activism worldwide. Shortly after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010 , environmental activists working on the Louisiana coastline were concerned that news on the disastrous spill would not be widely broadcast. Furthermore, they questioned whether information that did come out would be accurate or trustworthy. To combat the problem, a group of activists and researchers partnered with the environmental justice group Louisiana Bucket Brigade . Together, they used a crowd-sourced crisis mapping tool that would allow individuals living near the Gulf to report what they were observing. Activist Shannon Dosemagen helped organize citizen trainings in New Orleans’ City Park. There, residents concerned about the spill gathered to learn how to monitor the coastline using do-it-yourself rigs of digital cameras connected to large balloons or kites -- ...
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Maximum, Points To Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Change 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OSLO, March 19 (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing to the smallest maximum extent in satellite records dating back to 1979 in new evidence of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached a maximum extent of 14.54 million square kms (5.61 million sq miles) on Feb. 25 - an area slightly bigger than Canada - and is now expected to shrink with the spring thaw. "This year's maximum ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, with below-average ice conditions everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait," the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said in a statement. It said that a late season surge in ice was still possible because of big natural variations. The previous lowest maximum was set in 2011. The ice usually reaches its annual maximum in March and, with the return of the sun to the Arctic after months of winter darkness, shrinks to its smallest in summertime ...
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Breaking the Barriers to Workplace Recycling 11.3.2015 Planet Ark News
Australians are great recyclers at home, but when it comes to work, we are falling down on the job. Planet Ark has identified a number of key barriers to workplace recycling and some simple actions to overcome them.
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Breaking the Barriers to Workplace Recycling 10.3.2015 Planet Ark News
Australians are great recyclers at home, but when it comes to work, we are falling down on the job. Planet Ark has identified a number of key barriers to workplace recycling and some simple actions to overcome them.
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9 low-tech ways to brew great coffee with minimal waste 9.3.2015 TreeHugger
Looking to kick those K-Cups to the curb? These methods ensure a lovely cup without the waste.
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This Is What Humanity's Impact On The Planet Looks Like 6.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new photo book from conservation experts aims to shine a light on humanity's impact on the planet and convince people to think about their contribution. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot includes photos and essays exploring man's complicated relationship with the planet. The book “presents the stark reality of a world transformed by human action, action that threatens our future and the buzzing, blossoming diversity of life with which we share the planet,” an introduction reads. The authors also take aim at current rates of population growth, which they argue are unsustainable and present "ecological and social tragedies." "We sought to present a range of images reflecting how the human demographic explosion -- 7.3 billion people and still growing by over 1.5 million every week -- has diminished Earth’s richness and beauty, and contributed to so much misery among people," they wrote in a press release. The images below, from the chapter "Feeding Frenzy" chronicle the landscape alterations and ...
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11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste today 3.3.2015 TreeHugger
Maybe you’re not ready to breakup with plastic altogether, but here are some simple ways that can make a big difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in your life.
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Fur Is Simply Bad Design 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NOTE: the content of this post may be sensitive to readers. Le Sourire Magazine (detail), 1924 by Leo Fontan It always troubles me to see fellow New Yorkers walking through the cold with their sweater-wrapped canine companions while they, themselves, adorn that ubiquitous coyote fur-trimmed, Canada Goose uniform. The disconnect between the earnest care provided to their dogs, and the callousness imposed upon the closely-related coyotes is especially fascinating and disturbing. Human beings are imperfect and contradictory, but while we stand at the cusp of an age of visionary, high-performance synthetics, why are throngs of wealthy and aspiring urbanites so willing to fatally betray a cousin of the pooches, whom they adore, for a status symbol that has been referred to by the APFBA as the Hummer of outerwear: "Excessive, irresponsible, unnecessary and sooner than many will expect, embarrassing" ? Jasmine Garnsworthy attempts to answer that very question with a recent article on StyleCaster.com, " I Wear ...
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Fur Is Simply Bad Design 2.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NOTE: the content of this post may be sensitive to readers. Le Sourire Magazine (detail), 1924 by Leo Fontan It always troubles me to see fellow New Yorkers walking through the cold with their sweater-wrapped canine companions while they, themselves, adorn that ubiquitous coyote fur-trimmed, Canada Goose uniform. The disconnect between the earnest care provided to their dogs, and the callousness imposed upon the closely-related coyotes is especially fascinating and disturbing. Human beings are imperfect and contradictory, but while we stand at the cusp of an age of visionary, high-performance synthetics, why are throngs of wealthy and aspiring urbanites so willing to fatally betray a cousin of the pooches, whom they adore, for a status symbol that has been referred to by the APFBA as the Hummer of outerwear: "Excessive, irresponsible, unnecessary and sooner than many will expect, embarrassing" ? Jasmine Garnsworthy attempts to answer that very question with a recent article on StyleCaster.com, " I Wear ...
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How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side. But that’s exactly what's happening on the banks of the Calumet River, where the steel plants that used to give residents of a mostly Hispanic neighborhood access to a middle-class lifestyle were replaced, nearly two years ago, with black dust called petroleum coke (“petcoke”) piled five or six stories tall. The piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- belong to KCBX Terminals, owned by the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers. The piles have been roiling area residents ever since the black dust of mostly carbon and sulfur began blowing into the backyards, playgrounds and neighborhood parks. It blackens skies and leaves behind a sticky residue, raising concerns about aggravated asthma and other health issues . This Aug. 30, 2013 cell phone image provided by Anthony Martinez, shows a dust cloud rising from piles of petroleum coke during a storm ...
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Creative Composting 26.2.2015 Planet Ark News
Food waste makes up over one-third of household waste and when it ends up in landfill it creates methane, which is a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
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Lobbyist Dubbed 'Dr. Evil' Behind Front Groups Attacking Obama Power Rules 23.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil : the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups. Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules . Over the last year, Berman has secretly routed funding for at least 16 studies and launched at least five front groups attacking Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting carbon dioxide from power plants, the Guardian has learned. The rules, the centre-piece of Obama’s climate agenda, are due to be finalised in mid-summer. They have come under sustained assault from industry and Republican-controlled Congress – and Berman is right at the heart of it. The attacks may be gaining traction. The EPA chief, Gina McCarthy, suggested in a speech this week the rules were ...
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Climate Questions From Smart Young Students 22.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics. A little while back, I got an email from a 14 year-old Virginia middle-schooler named Emily, who was working on a debate project about global warming. She asked me the six good questions below, and I thought I'd answer them via this post. But first, my apologies to Emily for taking so long - her debate probably has already taken place. I hope these responses will help some other students with their assignments. As an environmentalist, what actions do you go out of your way to take to on a regular basis to help out the environment? Emily, our personal choices and habits matters. Mine aren't perfect, but here are a few things I do and don't do. I drive a hybrid car, and I bike to work when the weather is mild (good exercise). In our home, I have installed energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, EnergyStar appliances (like our ...
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Colorado Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Brings Movement To Major Energy-Producing State 20.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies. A group called Fossil Free CU planned to make the request to the university's governing Board of Regents on Friday. The board wasn't expected to make any immediate decisions. Colorado is the nation's No. 7 energy state, and its coal, oil and gas industries produce billions of dollars in revenue and employ thousands. Getting the University of Colorado to exclude them from its $2.7 billion investment pool would be a significant symbolic victory. Fossil Free CU is part of a broader campaign pressing universities, governments, churches and others to divest. The goal isn't to hurt the industry's profits but to apply social pressure to stop climate change driven by burning fossil fuels, said Karthik Ganapathy of 350.org, the parent group of the national Fossil Free campaign. "It's about calling ...
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Going Tubeless 19.2.2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News - ENN
Recently one of the country’s most popular paper goods suppliers, Scott Products, did away with the cardboard inner tube inside of its toilet paper rolls and is now going tubeless. Here’s why that’s good news for the environment. Each year over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are thrown away, and most end up in landfills. To put that in perspective, this amount of waste is enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice! And did you know that in New York City alone, 14,000 toilet paper inner tubes are thrown away every 15 minutes? 
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Going Tubeless 19.2.2015 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
Recently one of the country’s most popular paper goods suppliers, Scott Products, did away with the cardboard inner tube inside of its toilet paper rolls and is now going tubeless. Here’s why that’s good news for the environment. Each year over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are thrown away, and most end up in landfills. To put that in perspective, this amount of waste is enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice! And did you know that in New York City alone, 14,000 toilet paper inner tubes are thrown away every 15 minutes? 
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Going Tubeless 19.2.2015 Environmental News Network
Recently one of the country’s most popular paper goods suppliers, Scott Products, did away with the cardboard inner tube inside of its toilet paper rolls and is now going tubeless. Here’s why that’s good news for the environment. Each year over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are thrown away, and most end up in landfills. To put that in perspective, this amount of waste is enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice! And did you know that in New York City alone, 14,000 toilet paper inner tubes are thrown away every 15 minutes? 
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Massive Landfill Site Turns Into Thriving Eco-Park 19.2.2015 Environmental News Network
Israel’s largest landfill dump has undergone a massive makeover that has seen the mountain of garbage turn into a 2,000-acre ecological park three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. This new “green lung,” which includes a 150-acre recycling station, walking and cycling trails, ponds and extreme sports activities, will soon be home to a 50,000-seat amphitheater, one of the largest concert venues in Israel. And if that’s not enough, the biogas from this landfill, once a toxic pollutant, is now being reused as green energy.The multi-million-dollar makeover of Hiriya, which started in 2001, has proven to benefit both the surrounding environment and visitors from all over the world. Now, what once was a huge dump between Road 4 and Road 461 in central Israel known for its unpleasant past, is no longer Israel’s ugliest ...
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