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Designers build beastly tower out of recycled tires 24.4.2015 TreeHugger
This shaggy, contest-winning sculpture is now part of a nature trail, and hides a smoking barbecue in its interior.
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New York Man Plans To Swim Through Extremely Polluted Gowanus Canal On Earth Day 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A New York man is taking a unique approach to clean water advocacy this Earth Day. Donning a drysuit and exposure protection gear on Wednesday, water advocate and swimmer Christopher Swain is planning to swim the entire 1.8-mile length of New York City's Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The canal connects to the East River -- the saltwater tidal strait separating Manhattan from Brooklyn and Queens -- and is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. "Could I get diarrhea? Yeah. Could I get dysentery? Yeah. The hope is no I won't ," Swain told New York's ABC7 on Tuesday. "I love the water, and love can make you do crazy things.” Oil storage tanks reflect on the Gowanus Canal's sheen-covered water in this 2013 photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Decades of industrial pollution, stormwater runoff and sewer overflows have left the canal teeming with "PCBs, heavy metals, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, sewage solids from combined sewer overflows, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)," ...
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An Artist's Visionary Plastic Bottle Sculptures Offer A New Perspective On Garbage 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From far away, they look like plants from another planet, with a gem-like texture and an iridescent glow. And yet, to many, the otherworldly material would simply be called "trash." Veronika Richterová, The Collection of Cactuses, Photo Michal Cihlář Czech Republic-based artist Veronika Richterová is hoping to change that. The environmentally conscious creative is sharing her wisdom with the world, revealing that a bit of creativity can transform yesterday's litter into tomorrow's masterpiece. Since 2004, Richterová has been working with PET bottles , or bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate. Such vessels can be recycled to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, and are deemed a favorable alternative to aluminum cans and glass bottles. Due to their lightweight composition, they can be transported efficiently, thereby producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. Although they're generally deemed safe, exposure to heat can lead to some safety concerns . The most sustainable ...
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Earth Day Is Nearly Here, But Our Planet Is Worth Caring About Every Day 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day is nearly upon us. The April 22 event, now in its 45th year, is meant to help draw attention to environmental issues, but remember, there are 364 other days to care about the planet. Things have changed in the U.S. since the first Earth Day, in 1970, when rampant air pollution , burning rivers and more frequent oil spills were major concerns. Despite the improvements here, other countries around the world still face issues like air and water pollution . The threat of global climate change also looms large, as temperature records continue to be broken and sea level rise accelerates . Take a look at these Instagram photos that capture the world's ongoing environmental challenges, and keep in mind to make every day Earth Day. A photo posted by Amazon Watch Official (@amazonwatch) on Mar 17, 2015 at 2:24pm PDT A photo posted by Vlad Sokhin (@lens_pacific) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:52pm PDT A photo posted by azdarya (@azdarya) on Feb 16, 2015 at 7:04am PST A photo posted by Everyday Climate Change ...
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The Real Impact of Plastic and How to Kick the Habit for Good 17.4.2015 Planet Ark News
Among the substances polluting our land and water, plastic is both insidious and destructive. Single-use plastic bags are among the most damaging.
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6 simple tricks to nix food waste at home 7.4.2015 TreeHugger
From mushy fruit and weird produce parts to leftover coffee and stale bread, these handy ways to use overlooked comestibles can help alleviate your personal contribution to landfill mayhem.
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Does waste-to-energy make sense? 31.3.2015 TreeHugger
Some call waste-to-energy the way of the future, but is it just another short-term fix to our energy and waste problems?
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Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care? 28.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Saturday, March 28, marks the ninth annual observance of Earth Hour , a symbolic event intended to raise awareness about climate change. Cities and famous landmarks will turn out the lights for an hour Saturday, along with millions of ordinary citizens. Observed in 162 countries in 2014, the event is about "coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change," according to parent organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The London Eye and London skyline can be seen before (left) and after (right) the population of the city observed Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, 2013. (Richard Stonehouse for WWF/Earth Hour Globa via AP Images) WWF partnered with the the ad agency Leo Burnett in 2007 to launch the first Earth Hour, in Sydney, Australia. "The idea was born out of frustration ," co-founder Andy Ridley said in 2009. "We wanted to start something that isn't focused on people's despair at the long-term climate change problems the human race is facing. We wanted ...
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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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