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This UK bus is powered by food waste and poop 22.11.2014 TreeHugger
The future of sustainable public transport could come through fueling buses with gas made from two of the things that we seem to have a lot of, human waste and food waste.
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Harvard Students File Lawsuit To Push University To Divest From Fossil Fuels 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BOSTON (AP) — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university's duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion endowment in gas, coal and oil companies. Harvard students have pressed the university to divest from fossil fuels as a way to slow climate change. "Climate change is now causing harm through mortality, economic damage and political instability," said Benjamin Franta, one of the students who filed the lawsuit. "The Harvard Corporation has a moral and legal duty to avoid investing in activities that cause such grave harms to its students and the public." Spokesman Jeff Neal said university leaders agree that climate change must be confronted but "differ on the means" to do that. Neal says Harvard ...
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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste 20.11.2014 Truthout.com
Zero waste alliances are forming all over the world and making great strides toward building a new kind of economy that is good for people and the planet. Zero waste encompasses the full lifecycle of our stuff, starting with reduced extraction and responsible product design, and ending with all materials being reused, recycled, or composted. If you value media that isn’t controlled by advertisers or billionaire sponsors, show your support today! Donate to Truthout now to keep independent media strong. The streets of Belo Horizonte were filled with singing, dancing, chanting, and marching. It was not a holiday or an election day or a soccer game. The chant was: "We don't want incineration! Recycle! Recycle!" It was September 19, 2014, and this was the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance, Brazil style. Exuberant, celebratory, and led by recycling workers. The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Truck Explodes At California Waste Water Plant, Sending Dozens To Area Hospitals 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility. The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire officials said. A vacuum truck exploded into flames about 3:45 a.m. at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a mysterious waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said. "As the liquid began to dry out, the (fire engine) companies on scene noticed that it was very unstable and reactive," Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said. "And as they stepped on it, or tried to move their engine, it would spontaneously ignite under the tires of the engine or their boots." No burn injuries were reported, but two drivers on a vacuum truck, three firefighters, hospital medical staff and a few nearby residents ...
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Plastic: Environmental Enemy #2 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The world's oceans are working overtime to help out with climate change - doing us a massive solid favor by absorbing the majority of excess carbon dioxide we blast into the atmosphere. But sadly, the oceans are also awash with millions of tons of discarded plastic. So no matter how willing the ocean is to help out, we're making it harder and harder for it to do the job. The latest samples of water taken from the eastern Pacific gyre - aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - contain miniscule plastic fibers. Their microscopic size - mere millimeters - has some nasty implications. Plastic Monofilament Raft. Photo: Dale Selvam - Algalita Marine Research Expedition, August 2014. These plastic strands create tiny rafts, floating as deep as 10 meters, and intercepting other plastic fragments and " marine snow ." This snow is a vital part of the ocean's biological carbon pump. The pump begins at the ocean's surface, where carbon dioxide gets absorbed by photosynthesizing plankton. When the plankton dies and ...
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Ivanpah Solar Plant Lags In Early Production 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes. So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission. It had been projected to produce its full capacity for 8 hours a day, on average. "Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater impact on the plant than the owners anticipated," the agency said in a statement. It could take until 2018 for the plant backed by $1.6 billion in federal loan guarantees to hit its annual peak target, said ...
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Recycled envelopes that do the job well! 16.11.2014 Planet Ark News
Did you know that buying office paper, print paper or envelopes with a high-recycled content comes with a range of benefits?
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Mexico Burns as Outrage Over Student Disappearances Sparks Protests Against State-Backed Violence 14.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have set fire to the local legislature as outrage spreads over the disappearance of 43 students. The students from Ayotzinapa teacher’s college have been missing for nearly seven weeks after they were ambushed by police. Unrest has intensified since Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam announced Friday that suspects in the case have admitted to killing the students and incinerating their bodies at a trash dump. More than 70 people have been arrested in the case, including the mayor of Iguala, who is accused of ordering the police attack. Across Mexico, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in peaceful protests, while groups of demonstrators have laid siege to government buildings, burned cars and blocked highways. The parents of the missing students, meanwhile, have announced they will be traveling across parts of Mexico in three caravans to demand their loved ones’ return. We are joined from Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, ...
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U.S.-China Climate Pact Could Boost Indian Efforts 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI (AP) — This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy. But the pact is also a relief for India because it acknowledges the long-held view among developing economies that industrialized nations have been emitting heat-trapping gases for many more decades and so should shoulder more of the burden for tackling climate change. Emerging economies argue they should have fewer constraints to pollute as they grow. By showing the world's two largest economies are working together toward a common goal with different efforts, the breakthrough agreement signals greater global cooperation over the contentious issue. That eases tension that could help future global climate talks while also raising expectations for India to step up its efforts, experts and environmental activists say. "The international community will now expect India to make some firm ...
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Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up 8.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The route of trash 8.11.2014 TreeHugger
A photo essay on where the garbage goes in New York City.
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A look inside Sweden's recycling-obsessed, garbage-powered cities (video) 5.11.2014 TreeHugger
Is Sweden a model for the rest of the world on waste, or is there a better way to do things?
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NSW EPA Limits Waste Haulage to Queensland 5.11.2014 Planet Ark News
NSW waste transporters will face a number of new measures designed to prevent waste being sent to Queensland landfills including a "proximity principle" which means that it will be an offence to transport waste more than 150 kilometres by road from where it is generated.
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North Dakota Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells 2.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year. While the 1,300 plus wells currently on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produce roughly a third of North Dakota's daily output, the tribe only receives a fraction of money generated through royalties and a tax-sharing agreement with the state. That's why the four new wells will be important, says tribal councilman Ken Hall: The nation will take in 82 percent of the money generated by them. It "presents a huge opportunity for the tribe to get involved rather than be passive royalty owners," said Hall, who is also the board chairman of the tribal energy company Missouri River Resources. "That's how you get the lion's share of the pie, and that's what we're doing." The wells will be located near the small reservation town of Mandaree. Two will target the Bakken — the formation that has driven North Dakota's recent oil boom. The other two wells ...
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Is Eco-Fashion Full of Scrap? Watch and Find Out 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This new video from Tonlé , an ethical fashion brand in Cambodia, highlights a big problem in our world.... excessive waste. Tonlé's campaign points out that every year 100 million pounds of textiles worldwide are thrown away, which equals the weight of 14 cruise ships. By finding a way to use those fabric scraps to create new products, Rachel Faller and her team at Tonlé are able to create jobs, make products that appeal to the ethical consumer, and make money.... all from scraps that mainstream factories were going to throw away. Another fashion brand that is designed to keep beautiful raw materials out of landfills is Elvis & Kresse , a U.K. based luxury line of bags and belts that are produced from recycled fire hoses. On a regular basis the U.K. fire department decommissions their old fire hose, meaning tons of hose is ending up in the landfill... or at least it was until Elvis & Kresse came along ! They are able to not only save this material from landfills but also make Harrods-worthy products ...
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Buying paper for the home or office? 27.10.2014 Planet Ark News
Australians are great at recycling, however, when it comes to buying recycled paper we are lagging behind. Less than 1 in every 6 reams of paper used in Australia contains any recycled content.
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Planet Ark's Partnership with Australian Paper 27.10.2014 Planet Ark News
Why is Planet Ark working in partnership with Australian Paper?
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7 New York State Clean Energy Projects Receive Financing 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank.


They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency.


The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels.


Parties include Ameresco, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BQ Energy, Citi, Deutsche Bank, First Eastern Investment Group, First Niagara Bank, GreenCity Power, M&T Bank, Renewable Funding, Sustainable Development Capital and Tulum Management.


NY Green Bank was established earlier this year to provide long-term funding certainty and generate private sector capital for clean energy projects.

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