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Living near a landfill could damage your health 26.5.2016 Environmental News Network
According to research published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, health is at risk for those who live within five kilometres of a landfill site. 
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The Traditional (and Flawed) Concept of the Circular Economy 26.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The most common 'solutions' for waste today are linear in nature, treating waste materials as useless outputs to burn in an incinerator or be buried in a landfill where none of the material value of the waste can be captured. In response to this present linear product economy, some believe that the traditional concept of the circular economy is the solution: a truly closed loop, where previously "useless" waste outputs are continuously reintegrated into the production cycle in perpetuity. While visionary, even ideal, this concept is flawed because, quite simply, it is not realistic. The first limitation to this concept is economic in nature. The economics of waste already prevent our most common waste streams from being captured and recycled, let alone reintegrated into a circular production cycle. Our current recycling infrastructure typically only captures commodities like aluminum, paper, glass and certain plastics because the cost of collection and processing is less expensive than the resulting ...
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'Biodegradable' Plastics Are A Big Fat Lie 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A prediction that the world's oceans will  contain more plastic than fish  by 2050 is likely to intensify the push for sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives. Biodegradable plastics have long been touted as a "greener" technology, but a new report from the United Nations says these plastics do little, if anything, to actually protect the planet and marine creatures. "Plastics marked as ‘biodegradable’ do not degrade rapidly in the ocean ," says the report, published Monday. The 179-page report on plastic marine debris is  one of several documents  released in time for the  United Nations Environment Assembly , which kicked off Monday in Nairobi, Kenya. Plastics, which can cause serious ecological harm, "are now ubiquitous in the ocean, found in every ocean and on every shoreline from the Arctic through the tropics to the Antarctic," the report states.  Biodegradable plastics -- which have been used for shopping bags, water bottles and food containers -- are designed to be less durable and ...
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A New Park Rises from an Old Garbage Dump: Parks as Critical Elements of Urban Infrastructure 16.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Yesterday was a historic day for parks in New York City. While most tourists do not get to see much of Staten Island beyond the ferry terminal, a new urban park is taking shape in that borough on the site of the city's last garbage dump (I mean "landfill"). Sunday, May 15th was "Discovery Day" at the Freshkills Park. According to the website of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, people were invited to: Discover Freshkills Park and explore 700 acres of the otherwise closed site with free tours and recreation. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. It also has a significant history as the site of the former Fresh Kills Landfill, which was the largest landfill in the world before closing in 2001. Since then, the landfill has been covered with layers of soil and infrastructure, and the site has become a place for wildlife, recreation, science, education, and art. As the park is ...
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Closing the Loop - Rethinking Reuse for a Circular Economy 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Captain Planet helped us all realize the power of those blue bins and the need to make the simple decision to recycle. And over the last few decades, we've taken great strides to make recycling of paper, bottles and cans second nature in many communities. But what about other items that also are a big part of our daily lives and deserve similar attention? Take clothing, for example. How often do we think about recycling clothes we no longer want or need? Sure, some of us donate clothes or pass them along to a friend or family member, but more often than not used clothing is sent to a landfill. In fact, the U.S. singlehandedly generates 25 billion pounds of textiles every year and 85 percent of it ends up piled high in landfills. By 2019, textile waste is projected to reach more than 35 billion pounds unless we do something about it. Like paper, bottles and cans, clothing can be recycled. But there's another, even better, way to reduce the environmental impact of clothing: reuse. What's the impact of ...
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How Living a Sustainable Lifestyle is a Great Way to Give Back 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Many millennials are busy making their mark in the world and thinking about their future. From seeking out rewarding careers to making good financial decisions, many of today's millennials are smart and future-focused. Living a sustainable or 'green' lifestyle also needs to be a high priority for younger generations since taking steps to take care of the planet and reduce waste can benefit their kid sand generations to come in numerous ways. Here are just a few ways living a sustainable lifestyle can be a form of philanthropy: Reduces Wasteful Spending Spending money may not seem like a harmful activity but wasteful spending can lead to bad habits that drive up debt and make it difficult to save for the future. Millennials who are mindful about their spending have a better chance of preserving their financial future and taking care of their families financially as they grow older. Managing money effectively might involve working with a budget and being proactive about paring down costs. This will make it ...
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Louisiana legislators are so backwards THESE five bills actually exist 10.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Outrageous, almost sounds like a joke, but the practice of building schools on hazardous waste dumps occurs regularly in Louisiana. In 1942, New Orleans opened Booker T. Washington, a downtown high school for poor black residents, unfortunately it was placed atop the old Silver City Landfill, loaded with hazardous metals and pesticides. Across town in the 9th Ward, in 1985, Robert Moton Elementary School was built on a garbage pile stuffed with toxic Hurricane Betsy debris. "Students came down with rashes, nausea, and other health problems," reported Grist . How is such horror even possible? "Cash-strapped communities that don't have funds to buy a piece of property look at a list of municipally owned land and see the town dump," said New Orleans attorney Andrew Jacoby. "Then convince themselves they can just use that land to build a school." Jacoby volunteers with the GreenARMY , a broad environmental coalition led by Lieutenant General Russel Honore , aka the General, the local hero who marched into a ...
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Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa 6.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act reveal how years of accidents and neglect at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa have been polluting local land and water with hazardous chemicals including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos and dioxin. Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with two 3.7 kilometer runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base and its adjoining arsenal at Chibana sprawl across 46 square kilometers of Okinawa's main island. Approximately 20,000 American service members, contractors and their families live or work here alongside 3,000 Japanese employees. More than 16,000 Okinawans own the land upon which the installation sits. Kadena Air Base hosts the biggest combat wing in the USAF -- the 18th Wing -- and, during the past seven decades, the installation has served as an important launch pad for wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Given the long ...
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Why All New Yorkers Should Support the Bag Bill 5.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is co-authored with Diana Blackwell is a resident of Fred Samuel Houses, a member of the Citizens Committee for New York City, and WeAct for Environmental Justice. As you read this, chances are you've already used one today. Lightweight, durable, and convenient, plastic bags have become a staple of commerce -- so ubiquitous that most cashiers and shopkeepers usually don't even ask if you really need one. But with New Yorkers using over 9 billion plastic bags a year, contributing over 90,000 tons of solid waste to our landfills, and costing taxpayers $12.5 million to haul to landfills, our carefree attitude about bags is causing our city a big problem. Fortunately it's one we can do something about. A bill being discussed in the City Council will drastically cut plastic bag waste by encouraging the use of reusable bags through a charge of five cents per bag at checkout. There are those that claim the bill will have an adverse impact on low-income New Yorkers. But no New Yorker will be forced to ...
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NYC Businesses Agree To Cut Waste In Half By June 3.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) - More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods Market Inc, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to cut the trash they send to landfills by half by June, the mayor's office said on Monday. The "Zero Waste Challenge" is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious goal to reduce the city's waste output by 90 percent by 2030, through increased recycling, reduced packaging and composting. In 2015, the city's sanitation department collected 3.2 million tons of waste. "We're doing what we can to make recycling and composting as accessible as possible to New Yorkers, but everyone will need to do their part to make a more sustainable New York City a reality," de Blasio said in a statement. "These businesses are leading the way." New York, with more than 8 million residents, is the largest city in the Western Hemisphere to adopt such a far-reaching plan. Los Angeles has announced a similar plan to reduce its waste by 90 percent by 2025. Participants in the ...
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TVs ending up in the dumps because they are too expensive to recycle 30.4.2016 TreeHugger
There are so many of them, and the glass is full of lead.
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Your daily coffee habit could contribute to a carbon neutral fuel 28.4.2016 TreeHugger
50,000 tonnes of coffee grounds will be turned into clean-burning and carbon neutral biomass pellets in the UK this year by the startup Bio-Bean.
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5 ways to reduce one pound (and more) of waste a week 22.4.2016 TreeHugger
How would you reduce one pound of waste per week from your lifestyle?
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Coffee Go-Ground 21.4.2016 Planet Ark News
Do you start your day unable to mutter much aside from the word 'coffee'? Australians drink 6 billion cups of coffee a year, so to coincide with a new report about how to deal with coffee ground waste we've put together some times on ways to make your daily hit (or hits) more sustainable.
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Trash talking: Cities finding smarter ways to collect our waste 20.4.2016 TreeHugger
How urban waste management is wising up.
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Wielding the Law to Safeguard the Land 20.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Legal work isn't usually glamorous. In movies, lawsuits are portrayed as epic, exciting battles -- in practice, legal work can be a slow and arduous process. Thankfully, as two of the 2016  Goldman Environmental Prize  recipients well know, it can also bring unparalleled results.  Zuzana Caputova has seen such results first hand. For years, she has been fighting an unpermitted landfill just outside of her small town of Pezinok, Slovakia. Built in the 1960s, the landfill sits a mere 500 feet from a residential area. Caputova could smell the landfill from her home, and worried about her children's health. Rates of cancer, respiratory illnesses, and allergies were increasing in her community of just over 20,000 people, and one type of leukemia was being reported at eight times the national average. Then, in 2003, construction began on a second landfill within city limits, despite a 2002 ordinance banning waste dumps within the city. This time, Caputova, a lawyer by training, decided she had to do something ...
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The unfortunate irony of Earth Day cleanups 18.4.2016 TreeHugger
Though paved with the best intentions, annual litter cleanups add 12 million plastic trash bags to landfills every year; this nonprofit suggests a solution.
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Civil Rights Complainants Denounce Company’s Intimidation Tactics 12.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Civil Rights Complainants today denounced Green Group Holdings, owners of the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Ala., for filing a lawsuit Wednesday targeting members of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice. Green Group Holdings’ lawsuit was filed in federal court in Mobile, Alabama.

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How to Reduce Premature Deaths Linked to Environmental Risks 8.4.2016 Truthout.com
The World Health Organization reports that 12.6 million people die globally each year as a result of environmental exposures, such as air pollution and secondhand smoke. Luckily, there are relatively simple solutions to save lives around the world, like reducing tobacco and coal use. (Photo: Gianluca Di natale ) Millions of deaths around the world are preventable every year without any additional spending on research for treatment. And the cause has nothing to do with gun violence or war. According to a new  report  from the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 12.6 million people die globally each year as a result of environmental exposures. More than 8 million of those deaths are caused by exposures to non-infectious or parasitic forms of environmental risks, including air pollution and secondhand smoke. Low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific and Africa account for most of those deaths. But some of the environmental risk is coming from the United States, which ...
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Sanders and Clinton Back Bioenergy, but Activists Say It's the Wrong Alternative 7.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, "Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016." The number one form of "renewable" energy in the United States is bioenergy, an energy source derived from burning trees, crops, manure, trash or waste for electricity and/or heat, or converting transportation fuels. According to the Energy Information Administration, 49.6 percent of renewable energy in the US in 2014 came from bioenergy; 18 percent, from wind; and 4.4 percent, from solar photovoltaics. With 82 percent of US energy generated from fossil fuels , barring a reduction in energy consumption, policies facilitating the transition away from oil, gas and coal will likely continue to rely, in large part, on bioenergy.  Bioenergy poses risks because of its carbon emissions, contributions to air pollution and freshwater demand. Bioenergy's main selling point is that, unlike foreign oil, it's a locally sourced feedstock, which means more money stays in local economies. Industry and ...
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