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Environmental Management Systems: A Valuable Tool for Sustainable Tourism 13.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A few weeks ago Dave was at the United Nations providing leadership for a workshop on sustainable tourism, as part of the UN DPI / NGO Conference . In addition Dave, representing the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and the WHALE Center worked with colleagues Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council , Kelly Bricker, President of The International Ecotourism Society , and Richard Jordan, from the Royal Academy of Sciences International Trust , to propose language on sustainable tourism that was subsequently adopted as part of the Conference Declaration. One part of the new sustainable tourism language states: " Goal 15 -- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. "Ensure that all aspects of tourism meets criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and include options for the private sector to self-impose carbon taxes ...
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NYC Climate March Planned Ahead Of UN Summit 11.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue. Organizers of the New York event, called the People's Climate March, said similar actions will take place Sept. 21 in other cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state to a Sept. 23 climate change summit in New York. President Barack Obama is expected to attend. City Councilman Donovan Richards said at a rally to publicize the march that he expects many people from around the country "will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis." Richards was joined by dozens of trade unionists and members of environmental groups, like the League of Conservation Voters, on the steps of City Hall. He also said he hopes to never see another Superstorm Sandy, ...
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House Of Representatives Gives D.C. The Big Foam Finger 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the House of Representatives was back in session for the first time since its August recess. Its Longworth cafeteria offered hungry representatives and aides a wide variety of fare for its return to business -- Indian food in the global section, pizza, salad and the special for the week, "world tacos." But, as has been the case for the past three years, there weren't many options when it came to packaging: It was all Styrofoam, Styrofoam, Styrofoam. Polystyrene -- which most people refer to as Styrofoam, though that's technically the brand name for Dow's version of the foam packaging -- is getting the boot in the District of Columbia. In July, District mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill into law that will phase out the use of polystyrene products at restaurants and food trucks by January 2016. But the House of Representatives is still clinging to its foam packaging so far. House cafeterias serve 240,000 meals each month, most of it via polystyrene plates, clamshell carry-out ...
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Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant Built On Old Oil Field 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. "There's something a little poetic about creating a renewable resource on land that once creaked with oil wells," Google said in a blog post Wednesday. The plant will be fitted with nearly 250,000 SunEdison solar panels and generate enough energy to power 10,000 homes. Google said the project will bring 650 jobs to the area. SunEdison Inc. expects the plant to be operational later this year and supply power to utility company Southern California Edison. The plant is owned by TerraForm Power Inc., a subsidiary of SunEdison, based in Beltsville, Maryland. It is the 17th renewable energy project Google has invested in. It has committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in projects around the country, the Mountain View, California-based company said. Shares of SunEdison, ...
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10 Easy Ways You Can Build a Better Food System 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you ready to make daily decisions that help support a more sustainable food system, but done with the really easy stuff? Have you already started eating more vegetarian meals and developed an addiction to the farmers market? Are you ready to take more individual actions, but not ready to start growing your own food? This week, Food Tank highlights 10 extra steps eaters can take to support a more environmentally sustainable food system . 1. Dine Out, Locally: Most Americans buy food from a restaurant 5.8 times per week, according to the United States Healthful Food Council . Deciding to eat at a locally sourced restaurant once a month would ensure that at least five percent of the meals you eat out are made from local food. Check out Edible Communities or the Eat Well Guide for a list of restaurants who source local ingredients near you. 2. Spend Some Time With Your Oven: Baking bread at home is more sustainable and often healthier than purchasing store-bought bread. National Geographic notes that one ...
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Cashing In On Carbon: How Taxpayer Dollars Greenwash Dirty Energy 7.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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California Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Targeting Kinder Morgan Crude By Rail Facility 6.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Rory Carroll and Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against Kinder Morgan's Richmond, California, rail terminal, which quietly began unloading crude oil from trains this year, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file their complaint. The groups argued that since the company was given permission from regulators to begin accepting the deliveries without public notice, they were not immediately aware of the change. Judge Peter Busch acknowledged there were "deep concerns" about the new cargo, which passes through the densely populated city of Richmond, but said the plaintiffs missed the 180-day window to request that the permit be revoked. Suma Peesapati, an attorney for the environmental groups that brought the suit, said the company and regulators knowingly deceived the public. "This is just how the agencies and industry win - hide the information, make the change under ...
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Water Tests Near Callaway Nuclear Plant To Increase, Ameren Missouri Announces 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County after contaminated water was found in July in one of its monitoring wells. Nuclear power plants are required to test water quarterly but Callaway will now test the wells every month, said Barry Cox, senior director of nuclear operations at the Callaway Energy Council. The decision comes after Ameren found radioactive tritium and Colbalt-60, both byproducts of a nuclear reaction, in a monitoring well near the plant's cooling tower in July at higher levels than allowed by federal water standards, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/ZaaYGZ ). Ameren and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found the contamination was limited to one area of the plant property near Fulton and was not a danger to public health. The chemicals leaked from pipes in a manhole near the monitoring well, Cox said, and the company has made repairs to the piping that goes through the manhole. Routine ...
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Plastic Bags, Nuclear Waste and a Toxic Planet 2.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week we saw California move a step closer to banning one-time use plastic bags and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission legalize above ground storage of nuclear waste. What's the connection? Every once in a while I think it is useful to turn aside from the deeply rooted, but relatively straightforward problem of climate change, to the growing use of uncontrolled toxic substances in our daily economic life. The toxicity of our environment may well be more difficult to address than the problem of climate change. The use of toxics in the goods we consume is so widespread that when firefighters enter a modern home that is burning, they must wear breathing devices for protection from the toxicity of the fumes that emanate from our burning floors, appliances, and walls. Household toxics are dangerous, but nothing compared to nuclear waste. Nuclear waste is one of the most toxic substances we have ever fabricated, always bringing to mind the late Barry Commoner's common sense statement that nuclear ...
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Government Looking For Trains To Haul Radioactive Waste, But There's Nowhere For Them To Go 31.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment. U.S. Energy Department officials did not return messages seeking detailed comment. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating shipments. "We know we're going to have to do it, so you might as well do it," said James Conca, senior scientist ...
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Abandoned landfills are a big problem 29.8.2014 Environmental News Network
Abandoned landfill sites throughout the UK routinely leach polluting chemicals into rivers, say scientists. At Port Meadow alone, on the outskirts of Oxford, they estimate 27.5 tonnes of ammonium a year find their way from landfill into the River Thames. The researchers say it could be happening at thousands of sites around the UK.
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Removal of Trace Organic Chemicals and Performance of a Novel Hybrid Ultrafiltration-Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor 29.8.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In a truly circular economy where waste becomes nutrients, economic growth would be decoupled from environmental restraints. See who is leading the way.

How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone
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Uncontrolled Trash Burning Significantly Worsens Air Pollution 27.8.2014 Environmental News Network
Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases and particles that can substantially affect human health and climate change.
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Train Carrying Propane Derails Near Canadian Border, Causes Evacuation 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of about 40 people who live near the site, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Manitoba RCMP media relations officer Tara Seel said the RCMP responded to a train derailment in the town of Emerson at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. She added that no leaks were detected and no injuries were reported. Seel said the train was carrying unscented propane. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said the train was traveling from Grand Forks, North Dakota, toward Winnipeg, Manitoba, when three of its cars derailed at Emerson. She said two of the cars that derailed were carrying liquid propane gas and the third car was empty. McBeth said the cause of the accident is still being investigated. Andrew Kirking, the emergency manager of Pembina County on the North Dakota side of the border, said the train derailed about 100 yards into Canada and ...
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Trash Burning Far More Polluting Than Expected As Countries Often Fail To Report Emissions 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned. The study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology attempts the first comprehensive assessment of global trash-burning data, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mercury and tiny particulate matter that can dim the sun's rays or clog human lungs. "Doing this study made me realize how little information we really have about garbage burning and waste management," said lead researcher Christine Wiedinmyer of the government-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado. "What's really interesting is all the toxins. We need to look further at that." It also presents the first country-by-country index of rough emissions estimates for both carbon dioxide and toxic pollutants linked to human disease, though researchers ...
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Not All Michiganders Want To Be A Dumping Ground For America's Radioactive Fracking Waste 27.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Michigan will take a look at its radioactive waste disposal standards after criticism grew over an out-of-state company dumping fracking byproducts in a landfill near Detroit. On Monday, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) ordered the Department of Environmental Quality to assemble a panel to review standards for disposal of waste containing low levels of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) . The panel will include experts from environmental groups, the waste disposal industry, the oil and gas industry and academia. Meanwhile, the landfill at the center of the controversy has voluntarily decided to temporarily halt disposal of oil and gas industry waste. Wayne Disposal, located about 35 miles southwest of Detroit, was due to receive a shipment of more than 30 tons of fracking waste from Pennsylvania oil and gas company Range Resources last week after the material was rejected from landfills in Pennsylvania and West Virginia , according to the Detroit Free Press. The ...
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Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Concentrator That Could Cover Windows, Electronics 24.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists at the University of Michigan announced this week the creation of a “ transparent luminescent solar concentrator ” that could turn windows and even cellphone screens into solar-power generators. This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views. The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared. The infrared light is then channeled to the edge of the clear surface, where thin strips of photovoltaic cells generate the power. Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy. Photo by G.L. Kohuth Because we cannot see infrared or ultraviolet light, the material remains ...
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Air Testing Lapse At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump Blamed On Staff Vacancy 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman Aug 22 (Reuters) - State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where drums of plutonium-tainted refuse from government nuclear weapons laboratories are buried in caverns a half a mile deep, has been closed since Feb. 14, when unsafe radiation levels were detected at the site. Preliminary findings from an investigation of the mishap suggests that at least one barrel of improperly packaged material underwent a chemical reaction underground that caused it to rupture. The leak ranks as the worst accident at the U.S. Energy Department facility since it opened in southeastern New Mexico near the town of Carlsbad in 1999. The plant, the only facility of its kind in the United States, is run under contract for the government by Nuclear Energy ...
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Kenya Recycles E-Waste From Around The World, Keeping Pollutants Out Of Landfills 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year. The clanking is rhythmic as the workers unscrew, detach and toss motherboards onto piles of gleaming circuitry at the East African Compliant Recycling facility. Workers wipe hard drives with magnets, shred small appliances, and bundle old cables like bales of multi-colored hay. Stacks of dingy gray computer towers — some with now-ancient floppy disk drives — cover much of one wall. The cornerstone is a cardboard box labeled "PCs for Africa." The amount of electronic waste generated globally last year is enough to fill 100 Empire State Buildings and represents more than 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) for every living person, according to the U.N. Environmental Program. Much of that ...
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