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An Explosive Crisis: Government Bickering Clouds Cleanup Effort at Camp Minden 30.1.2015 Truthout.com
It's been two years since investigators discovered 15 million pounds of M-6 artillery propellent illegally and haphazardly stored at Camp Minden. (Photo: Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Explosives Open Burn )On January 15, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that Louisiana state officials would have an extra 90 days to choose a contractor and a disposal method for cleaning up M-6 propellant, 15 million pounds of which was illegally stashed at Camp Minden by a private US Army contractor and discovered after a massive explosion rocked the area two years ago. The extension would give authorities time to consider alternatives to the original plan - burning the waste in open trays at the site. Opposition to the so-called "open burn" had reached a fever pitch. In December, a local scientist pointed out that chemicals within the M-6 have been linked to cancer and birth defects. Fearing that pollutants from the open burn would enter the air unabated, concerned citizens launched a campaign to ...
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Pele's Hair, Or Lava Glass, Is As Mystical As It Is Beautiful (PHOTOS) 30.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the Puna lava flow remains mostly stalled near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, visitors up the slope of the Kilauea volcano can still witness some pretty impressive geologic phenomena. In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, most visitors are on the lookout for liquid magma, but astute observers may notice something even more perplexing: clumps of glistening, golden threads blowing in the winds. The hair-like strands can stack so high you'd think Rapunzel was sheared nearby. This May 3, 2012, photo shows how much of Pele's Hair can accumulate in a parking lot immediately downwind of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater on Hawaii Island. Volcanologists call it Pele’s Hair , after the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, but the golden strands are actually fragile volcanic fiberglass. They're formed when lava is ejected into the air and small droplets are caught by the wind, which then cools and stretches them into very thin strands. Some threads can reach as long as 6 feet and are most likely gold in color due to ...
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New analysis explores trends in global plastic consumption and recycling 29.1.2015 Environmental News Network
For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article.
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Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags 28.1.2015 Worldwatch Institute
New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in global plastic consumption and recycling For Immediate Release | January 28, 2015 | CONTACT  GAELLE GOURMELON Notes to Editors:      Journalists may obtain a complimentary copy of " Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags "  by contacting Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visit  www.worldwatch.org . About Vital Signs Online: Vital Signs Online provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends. It is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our future. All of the ...
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Incineration: Wrong Question, Wrong Answer for the 21st Century 25.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pharrell And Al Gore Announce New Live Earth Concert For Climate Change Action 21.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Pharrell Williams says he'll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert June 18 to fight global warming.


The pop superstar is teaming with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore to produce a "Live Earth" concert on seven continents to build support for a U.N. climate pact in Paris among more than 190 nations in December.


On a stage Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos with producer Kevin Wall, Williams said "we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once" in support of a binding international accord to limit heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.


He said the purpose is "to have a billion voices with one message - to demand climate action now" from governments rather than to continue the world's reliance on fossil fuels.

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City of Vancouver bans organic waste from regular garbage 21.1.2015 TreeHugger
The use of a green bin has been recommended for years, but now it's the law in Vancouver, as part of the city's plan to cut down on unnecessary food waste.
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An Explosive Crisis: EPA Pushes for Massive Munitions Burn at Louisiana's Camp Minden 16.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A locked gate and warning sign at the Camp Minden military facility near Minden, Louisiana. Fearing cancer-causing pollution, local residents are opposing an EPA plan to burn 15 million pounds of hazardous artillery munitions waste in open "burn trays" at Camp Minden. (Photo: Mike Ludwig) Two years after a blast signaled danger at a Louisiana munitions bunker, the EPA is set to oversee the hazardous, open burning of 15 million pounds of explosives, and neighbors are demanding it come up with an alternative plan for all such dumps around the country. A locked gate and warning sign at the Camp Minden military facility near Minden, Louisiana. Fearing cancer-causing pollution, local residents are opposing an EPA plan to burn 15 million pounds of hazardous artillery munitions waste in open "burn trays" at Camp Minden. (Photo: Mike Ludwig) Melissa Downer remembers the evening of October 15, 2012, well. She was kenneling her dogs for the night outside her family home in Minden, Louisiana, when she heard a loud ...
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Wasted Opportunities: Food Waste Problems and Solutions 12.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article originally appeared on Wellness Warrior . Sooner or later, a cluttered fridge demands cleaning. By wading through the remains of meals long past and brave purchases for which inspiration flagged once it got late on a Wednesday night, we help fulfill our perennial and compulsory duty to maintain order and cleanliness in a world that so often doesn't make sense. If we are feeling particularly pious then we take the industrious route, rinsing out all of the plastic containers so that they can be recycled, and composting everything allowed. Triumph! When the task is complete, we let go of any guilt or frustration over wasted money, time, and food, and we relax into with a sense that all is a little more right with the world. A job well done! Double triumph! But we could be doing more. While the satisfaction of having a clean fridge should not be taken away from anyone, food waste weighs down our trash bags and feeds our garbage disposals unnecessarily. Waste from commercial and industrial ...
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Banning Styrofoam, Managing Our Waste, and Promoting Sustainability 12.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
54.6% of aluminum beer and soda cans. 44.6% of tires. We have a long way to go, but the trend line is clear, and the key point is that more and more people have started to think about where their garbage is going. The problem is that some of the solutions to the waste crisis will cost money, and our anti-tax ideology makes it difficult to fund road repair, let alone pay the cost of advanced waste sorting and processing facilities. It is also true that the problem of waste management is more difficult to address in some regions of the country than in others. In states with low population density, landfilling--or dumping garbage into a hole in the ground--is still feasible and relatively inexpensive. Both Europe and Japan have developed advanced waste management systems, driven by land scarcity and the resultant high cost of landfills. Waste-to-energy plants are common in Japan, and in Spain, Barcelona's Ecoparc is one of the world's most advanced waste management facilities. Ecoparc sorts waste ...
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A Slew Of Green Energy Progress Could Be Made During Obama's Visit To India 11.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Arshad Mohammed GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11 (Reuters) - There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said some agreements were conceivable. "We are working on the civil nuclear liability issue," a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The goal is to have very concrete and tangible things that we can show forward movement on when President Obama and Prime Minister Modi meet, including on climate change," he said. Obama's visit to India and trips by Kerry and other U.S. senior officials aim to woo India as a strategic partner and to win greater access to the vast Indian market of 1.2 ...
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New York City To Ban Use Of Plastic Foam Containers 9.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New York City will become the largest city in the country to ban restaurants from using plastic foam containers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City," de Blasio said in a statement. "We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less.“ The mayor added that that the ban will remove "nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets, and waterways." The city has tried, and failed, for the last year to see if the substance could be recycled. “While much of the waste we produce can be recycled or reused, polystyrene foam is not one of those materials,” explained Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a statement. “Removing polystyrene from our waste stream is not only good for a greener, more sustainable New York, but also for the communities who are ...
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Don't put old electronic items in the trash! 30.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Chances are, many Americans received shiny, new gadgets for the holidays — meaning their old electronics will either collect dust in a closet somewhere or get tossed out.These unwanted laptops, tablets and printers contribute to the enormous amount of electronic waste, or “e-waste,” that continually piles up in our landfills. According to the EPA, 3.4 million tons of tech gear was trashed in 2012, and unfortunately, only 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled.
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Ferguson Police Spokesman Suspended After Describing Memorial As 'Pile Of Trash' 29.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has suspended a spokesman after he referred to the Michael Brown memorial as "a pile of trash."

A statement the city provided to The Associated Press on Sunday didn't identify the officer who made the remark to The Washington Post. The newspaper attributed the comment to Officer Tim Zoll. The memorial at the site of Brown's death was damaged last week after a car apparently hit it.

Zoll doesn't have a listed number and couldn't be reached by the AP.

The city says the spokesman denied making the comment, but later admitted that he'd misled his bosses.

He has been placed on unpaid leave while "disciplinary proceedings" begin.

City officials said negative remarks about the memorial "do not reflect the feelings of the Ferguson Police Department."
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Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Environmental Crime 24.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING (AP) — China's environmental regulators nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters over the first three-quarters of this year compared to all of last year, amid a larger push by the government to crack down on the country's severe environmental problems, state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that environmental agencies also penalized about 190,000 enterprises for violating environmental laws over the past two years. In total, Xinhua said, Chinese authorities have investigated and handed down punishments in 103,707 cases over the past two years. They issued about $633 million in fines during that period. Xinhua said environment regulators transferred 1,232 cases involving suspected environmental crimes to police over the first three-quarters of this year, compared to 706 all of last year. Chinese authorities are under intense pressure to clean up the country's environment, with toxic air, water and soil pollution a main ...
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How the Credit Card Industry is Contributing to Pollution 23.12.2014 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
We all get far too much mail, especially from financial services companies.  Credit card companies alone send billions of pieces of paper mail each year, and most of that gets thrown right into the trash can.  Not only does this dynamic pose a threat from a fraud perspective – trash cans and mailboxes can be treasure troves for opportunistic fraudsters – but you have to figure the effect on the environment isn’t great either. Paper products aren’t as bad as most materials, according to North Carolina State University Professor Richard Venditti, because they’re renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and they motivate land owners to plant trees.  However, Venditti says, “inefficient use of paper does consume resources and have an impact on the environment.” While credit card direct mail is on the rise after hitting a two-year low in April 2012, long-term trends suggest a declining role for traditional paper mail in the years to come.  Not only are financial services companies increasingly offering ...
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How the Credit Car Industry is Contributing to Pollution 23.12.2014 Environmental News Network
We all get far too much mail, especially from financial services companies.  Credit card companies alone send billions of pieces of paper mail each year, and most of that gets thrown right into the trash can.  Not only does this dynamic pose a threat from a fraud perspective – trash cans and mailboxes can be treasure troves for opportunistic fraudsters – but you have to figure the effect on the environment isn’t great either. Paper products aren’t as bad as most materials, according to North Carolina State University Professor Richard Venditti, because they’re renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and they motivate land owners to plant trees.  However, Venditti says, “inefficient use of paper does consume resources and have an impact on the environment.” While credit card direct mail is on the rise after hitting a two-year low in April 2012, long-term trends suggest a declining role for traditional paper mail in the years to come.  Not only are financial services companies increasingly offering ...
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Appeals Court Rejects 2 Ozone Regulations That Loosened Compliance Requirements 23.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court rejected two Environmental Protection Agency regulations that loosened requirements for achieving compliance with more protective ozone standards. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said EPA cannot increase the amount of compliance time by an additional year and cannot revoke ozone requirements for highway projects. The court said the two EPA regulations implementing the 2008 ozone standards exceed the agency's authority under the Clean Air Act. Writing for the majority, appeals judge Sri Srinivasan said the EPA's action was untethered to Congress's approach. In addition, Srinivasan wrote, EPA identifies no provision under the Clean Air Act specifically authorizing revocation of the highway requirements. Srinivasan, a nominee of President Barack Obama, was joined by judge David Tatel, a nominee of President Bill Clinton. In dissent, appeals judge A. Raymond Randolph said the ...
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Fireplace and wood stove tips for a cleaner burn from EPA 23.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Across the country this holiday season, families and friends will gather around fires in woodstoves or fireplaces. But how you build that fire – and what you burn – can have a significant impact on air quality and health, both inside your home and out.Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or your fireplace, seeing smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning efficiently or cleanly as it could. Woodsmoke contains fine particles – also called fine particle pollution or PM2.5 -- which can harm the lungs, blood vessels and heart. People with heart, vascular or lung disease, and older adults and children are more at risk. Here are some simple tips for building cleaner-burning fires this holiday season:
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