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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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9 Great Reasons to Grow Fruits and Vegetables In the City 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
1. For their taste Famous chefs, such as the ones who fill Paris's hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, have vegetable gardens on their roofs to provide supremely fresh produce. Tomatoes, strawberries, aromatics, salad greens, or edible flowers are fragile and easily damaged in trucks, cold rooms, or stalls. Gourmets know that the taste of produce and its nutritional value are far better when they are freshly harvested. 2. To intelligently recycle our garbage Organic waste constitutes 30 percent of our garbage, and most of it is incinerated and placed in landfills. Instead, this mineral-rich waste could be transformed into compost and used to fertilize soil for urban farming. In Paris alone, we could avoid dealing with 400,000 tons of waste every year and thus decrease associated environmental hazards (garbage trucks, garbage dumps, incinerators) and their associated costs. 3. Because we can grow crops (almost) everywhere To grow aromatics, strawberries, or radishes you only need a window and a ...
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5 Ways to Show Your Love for the Environment This Valentine's Day 14.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The environment is always there for us: providing food, goods, peace, and joy. And that's a pretty great relationship if you ask us. Why not allocate some love in this deserving direction this Valentine's Day. Here are 5 ways how: 1. Start a compost. Every day organic material is sent to landfills, prohibiting the biological decomposition of this waste from occurring. When decomposition occurs through composting and anaerobic digestion, organic material can be reused as fertilizer. Instead of allowing this natural process to occur, when organic waste ends up in landfills it is the major contributor to methane emissions (a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide). By separating your organic waste such as fruit and veggies that are leftover from cooking, you be helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And why not start with those Valentine's Day flowers once they start withering? Check out our post " To Compost or Not to Compost... A Helpful List " to learn more about the benefits and ...
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Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Harm Economic Growth, France Says 5.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A global deal to curb carbon emissions must recognize each country's right to develop, France's foreign minister said in New Delhi on Thursday, as the host of this year's U.N. climate change talks seeks to win India's backing for a global deal. Laurent Fabius said that efforts to reach an agreement, which is due at the United Nations summit in Paris in December, would fail if any country believed it would hurt their economic prospects. India, the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, often acts as the voice of the developing world in climate change talks, and winning its support is seen as crucial if countries are to reach a deal. "An agreement that would leave some countries to consider their growth hampered by its provisions will not be accepted," Fabius told an audience at an annual sustainable development summit. Fabius, who was due to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Thursday, said he understood "the constraints of India" as ...
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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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