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Smoke from open cooking fires kill 4 million people each year. These cookies can help. 5.7.2015 TreeHugger
3 billion people still use open fires for cooking and heating, and it's literally killing them. This smokeless cookstove and its fuel cookies are one effective solution.
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Michigan lawmaker wants to call burning tires “renewable energy” 3.7.2015 TreeHugger
Proposed bill would make burning tires and other industrial solid waste count towards the state’s mandate of generating 10 percent of its energy from renewables.
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Ditch the laundry jugs and go plastic-free 30.6.2015 TreeHugger
What's the point of doing laundry with non-toxic soap if it still produces loads of un-recycled plastic waste?
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Plastic Free July Challenge - Tips And Advice 24.6.2015 Planet Ark News
Australians send a million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year, which isn't very sensible! A few Planet Ark staff members are taking on Plastic Free July and have provided some tips on making it a success.
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Take 3 for the Sea! 9.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What do you get when you distill the passion of three individuals with a common disdain for plastic-marine pollution -- Take 3! Established in 2009 by Amanda Marechal, Roberta Dixon-Valk and Tim Silverwood, Take 3 is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a simple message: Take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere, and you have made a difference. Our aim is to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution through education and participation. Take 3 is achieving growing global success through its simple, empowering messages of personal responsibility for the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, waterways and broader environment. The reason for this is we have a massive problem! And it is an ever-growing problem. Plastic Marine Pollution We share this planet with approximately 7.3 billion people and counting (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/), with all of us producing waste. A large percentage of this is waste is plastic -- ...
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National Park Service kicks off zero-landfill pilot 8.6.2015 TreeHugger
Three of America's most iconic National Parks are getting a helping hand on their waste management practices from Subaru's zero-landfill experts.
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How to Stop Wasting Food 8.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food waste is a huge problem, with estimates that nearly 30 to 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted each year. This is a startling statistic when you consider reports showing that more than 49 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. There's also a significant impact on the environment to consider as the majority of food waste, reported to be 33.5 million tons annually, ends up in landfills where it rots and produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Nearly 50 percent of food waste is produced by consumers, with farms, businesses and industry comprising the rest. Raising awareness of food waste is the first step in battling this epic problem, and then change has to start with the individual. Making an effort to decrease the amount of food you waste has several benefits, from money savings to environmental support and even philanthropy. Curious where to start? A little planning and self-awareness goes a long ...
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B.C. eyes more garbage policy reforms 23.5.2015 Science / Technology News

But it's not yet clear whether any new rules will steer more garbage to waste incinerators, landfills or other technologies in the years ahead. Environment Minister Mary Polak appointed Surrey MLA Marvin Hunt to review the issue last fall when the province rejected Metro Vancouver's attempt to ban out-of-region waste hauling - a measure to protect the regional district's tipping fee revenue.

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School cafeterias now offering compostable plates at mealtime 22.5.2015 TreeHugger
Good news! An alliance of the largest school boards in the U.S. has opted to spend a bit more on compostable plates in order to cut down on waste.
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Subaru celebrates 10 years of zero landfill manufacturing 15.5.2015 TreeHugger
Sure, everyone's doing it nowadays, but Subaru's been building cars in zero landfill plants for a decade, and now teaches other companies how to do it as well.
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You Can Help Save The Planet. Here's How. 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise , The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the next 10 years. We're highlighting causes that are near and dear to our ethos -- causes where we believe meaningful progress can be made in the coming decade -- and empowering readers to act and take part. Join us ! Let's face it: Humanity is screwing up the planet . Deforestation has leveled swaths of the Amazon rainforest. Bees and monarch butterflies are dying in record numbers. Carbon dioxide levels are soaring. Yikes. And yet there are plenty of real, tangible ways to push back against this gloomy narrative. You want to help the bees? Planting some wildflowers is a good first step. What about tackling the ongoing drought in California? Replace that water-guzzling lawn with some succulents. Here are five ways you, yes you, can combat the depressing headlines that have dominated environmental news for far too long. Because, in the words of legendary ...
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"You Can Replace Property, You Can't Replace a Life": Voices of the Unheard in the Baltimore Streets 29.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Democracy Now! reports from the streets of Baltimore, where an overnight curfew has taken effect following Monday’s riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American man who died of neck injuries suffered in police custody. Tuesday night, police in riot gear fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied the curfew when it began at 10 p.m. At least 10 people were arrested. But overall, the Baltimore Police Department declared "the city is stable." Thousands of forces, including National Guard troops, have deployed throughout the city streets. Monday’s unrest led to more than 200 arrests, dozens of cars set on fire, and many buildings badly damaged. Democracy Now!'s Aaron Maté and videographer Hany Massoud speak with locals as they take part in both the clean-up effort and the continued protests over Freddie Gray's death. TRANSCRIPT: AMY GOODMAN: As we broadcast from the World Forum in The Hague, we begin, though, today’s show in Baltimore, where an overnight curfew has ...
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Inequality at Breaking Point: United Workers calls for Fair Development and reconciliation 29.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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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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