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China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries. Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity. It's part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse ...
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Clothing store’s take-back program shows how recycling can be a strategy for retailers 22.8.2014 TreeHugger
This year marks the 20th anniversary of a partnership between The Bon-Ton stores and Goodwill that has recycled millions of pounds of clothing.
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Wind Turbine Syndrome Cast Off By Courts As Developers Win Suits Filed By Disgruntled Neighbors 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. To wind farm opponents, wind turbine syndrome is a manifold malady triggered by acoustic pulses and other unfortunate side effects of large wind turbines. To wind farm developers, syndrome claims can mean stomach-churning marches into courtrooms and municipal hearings, where legal teams defend projects against allegations they’re responsible for everything from headaches and sleeplessness to vertigo, blurred vision, and forgetfulness. In these legal fights, the wind energy developers are winning. To the judges presiding over the cases, evidence that wind turbine syndrome exists has seemed as wispy as the cirrus clouds that can herald a stiffening breeze. The Energy and Policy Institute , a clean energy advocacy group, reviewed rulings from 49 lawsuits and similar complaints filed in five Western countries. In a report published last week , the group says it could find just one case of a court siding with neighbors who claimed wind turbines had made them ...
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Fear the falcon 21.8.2014 Current Issue
A man and his raptors take on Washington's dump scavengers.
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These Inspiring Posters Will Remind New Yorkers Why The People's Climate March Is So Important 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The organizers of what may become the largest climate-change march in history have just announced the winners of a poster design contest to promote the event in one of New York City’s most visible locations. The two winning designs, which were chosen by a panel of judges including Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger and Moby, will appear on one out of every 10 train cars on the New York City subway from August 25 until the People's Climate March on September 21, according to the video from the campaigning community Avaaz. The march, which is expected to include more than 750 groups and businesses, is timed to coincide with a gathering of world leaders for the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. President Obama has already pledged to attend the summit, and the U.N. has also invited many mayors and business leaders. "In a rational world, policymakers would have heeded scientists when they first sounded the alarm 25 years ago," Bill McKibben said in a Rolling Stone article announcing the march in ...
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N-Nitrosodimethylamine Formation upon Ozonation and Identification of Precursors Source in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant 19.8.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es5011658
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New Coal Ash Threat Identified: Toxic Dust Hurting Lungs, Hearts 7.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Municipal waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power 30.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A study by Columbia University's Earth Engineering Center highlights opportunities already developed in Europe.

Municipal waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power
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PG&E Charged With Obstruction Over Deadly San Bruno Pipeline Blast 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction. Prosecutors say PG&E hampered the investigation by lying to National Transportation Safety Board investigators after the blast. In particular, PG&E officials are accused of trying to mislead the NTSB about the pipeline testing and maintenance procedures the utility was following at the time of the explosion and for six months after under a company policy that did not meet federal safety standards. "The consequence of this practice was that PG&E did not prioritize as ...
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Why American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Puma want your hand-me-downs 30.7.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Almost 95 percent of textiles can be reused or repurposed. I:Collect wants to kickstart the process, and it may be in a store near you.

Why American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Puma want your hand-me-downs
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Global Emissions of Trace Gases, Particulate Matter, and Hazardous Air Pollutants from Open Burning of Domestic Waste 29.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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DOI: 10.1021/es502250z
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What Everyone Needs to Know About "Toilet to Tap" Water 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Direct potable reuse projects, or putting treated municipal wastewater directly back into the same city's drinking water supply, are creating headlines all over the Southwest and especially in Texas where the City of Big Spring is already doing it, and Wichita Falls just started. Is this a brave new world -- a sign that the historic drought is collapsing our civilization? Are there not better solutions to severe water shortages? On the contrary, direct potable reuse would be an improvement over the current situation for several cities in Texas. We all learn about the hydrologic cycle in elementary school -- rain falls, runoff drains directly or through groundwater into rivers that eventually reach the oceans, evaporation returns water to the atmosphere, and rain falls again. Back 2,000 years ago, it might have been that simple, but as the rising population has increasingly concentrated in cities, the water cycle has become more complex. Cities take water from rivers or wells, contaminate it as they use ...
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Kinetics and Mechanism of Sonochemical Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Wastewater 28.7.2014 pubs.acs.org

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DOI: 10.1021/es5016197
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Music festivals are environmental disasters 23.7.2014 TreeHugger
Campers often leave tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, and booze behind after they're done partying all weekend. Everything gets sent to the landfill. This behaviour needs to stop.
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Sainsbury's turns its own expired food into electricity 23.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

U.K. supermarkets Sainsbury announces that one English store is now powered entirely by biogas.

Sainsbury's turns its own expired food into electricity
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DuPont and GM's lessons for closing in on zero waste 23.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

How dedicated are you to going landfill-free? One company did it in less than three years with few people, no capital and an unglamorous laundry list.

DuPont and GM's lessons for closing in on zero waste
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Solar Company Sungevity Raises $1.5 Million For Nonprofit Partners 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sungevity, Inc. , a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that they had reached a key milestone with their nonprofit partners. The company's partnership program, Sungevity.org , works with nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes while encouraging their members to choose Sungevity for their solar installations. Sungevity has now donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofits ranging from the Sierra Club and Save the Frogs to schools and science centers. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the company will announce Wednesday that it is making a $50,000 donation to their local food bank in California, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and adding them as a partner nonprofit. The ACCFB serves a sixth of Alameda County residents and distributes 450,000 meals worth of food every week. For each customer that installs solar with Sungevity, the company will donate to their nonprofit of choice. “Every home ...
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Low Temperature Partial Nitritation/Anammox in a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor Treating Low Strength Wastewater 16.7.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es501649m
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World Bank Environmental, Social Protections In Need Of Updating, Review Finds 15.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters. The global development lender is undergoing the first major update to its social and environmental protections in decades, which are likely to influence other international institutions. Non-profit groups fear the bank may weaken its protections to speed up lending approval and better compete with development rivals, although it has said it aims to keep the safeguards as strong as ever in its efforts to combat poverty worldwide. But even the current management of safeguard risks has problems, according to the review, conducted by the bank's internal audit department. Employees who focus on reducing social and environmental damage from projects lack independence or incentives to do a good job, and the World Bank has little oversight over how well their advice is followed and ...
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Food waste is so yesterday — think biogas instead 10.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

More U.S. cities are trying new ways to harvest energy from food that otherwise would have rotted in landfills and emitted methane. 

Food waste is so yesterday — think biogas instead
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