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NASA asks students to help 3D print expandable habitats 18.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Washington, April 18 : To celebrate the arrival of the first expandable habitat to the International Space Station (ISS) and the launch of the first commercial 3D printer to space, NASA and non-profit ASME Foundation have launched a new "Future Engineers" challenge.
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Are eco-friendly initiatives pointless unless we tackle overpopulation? 26.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

It is not just absolute numbers of people that have an impact on the planet but the rate at which they consume resources

The overarching theme of this column is living with less, so it really shouldn’t surprise me when each week I venture into the comments section to find dozens of people insisting that all efforts to do so are in vain – unless we are also choosing to reproduce less, too.

Recently I began to consider this question more seriously. Is overpopulation really the problem? Were the effects of all my eco-friendly initiatives wiped out the moment I had a child? Does the Earth have some sort of carrying capacity that we are rapidly approaching (or have already exceeded)?

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757 readied for recycling 3.9.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
A Boeing 757 is dismantled for recycling after its airline and research life ended. In just over two hours, a contractor cut the plane into small pieces at a Moses Lake facility. The aluminum will be shipped to Tacoma, where it will be shredded by a recycler.
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The long journey towards keeping Gu Energy packaging out of landfills 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

In a perfect world, all packages would be fully recyclable. In reality, it can be harder than expected to turn packaging into something valuable for reuse

We all know the maxim “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but what happens when an item doesn’t fit into one of these categories? It becomes the “R” people don’t like to talk as much about: rubbish.

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Reduce, reuse, remove the cellophane: Recycling explained 17.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Are plastic bags recyclable? Why are Christmas lights a no-go? A recycling plant operations manager takes readers' questions about the process.
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Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified 17.7.2015 NPR News
Are plastic bags recyclable? Why are Christmas lights a no-go? A recycling plant operations manager takes readers' questions about the process.
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Minnesota firms help squeeze water use in dry California 20.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
With the Golden State deep in drought, businesses there are facing stiff pressure to conserve water. Some are turning to Minnesota-based Ecolab and Pentair for help.
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Garcetti's ambitious goal for L.A.'s water supply 16.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Spurred by the drought, but planning for long-term sustainability, Mayor Eric Garcetti has set an ambitious and important goal for Los Angeles: to reduce the amount of water it purchases by 50% in 10 years. That's a decade sooner than water managers had anticipated, and it's a big change for...
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Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste? 12.6.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Turning dug-up waste into gas or converting rubbish into building materials are among new techniques that may help end landfill

What do you think happens to the rubbish when you throw it out into the street? asks the Mighty Booshs great realist Howard Moon.

I dont know, does it dissolve in the rain like a giant Berocca? replies Shoreditch everyman Vince Noir.

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Rain Man: How one Tucson resident harvests the rain 29.5.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Brad Lancaster, perhaps the nation's expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors.
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Pay as you throw away? Five ways to cut off waste at the source 21.5.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Financial incentives, drinking fountains, food redistribution and reused furniture can reduce rubbish and recycling woes How are we going to crack waste? Emily Barrs zero-waste week has been a graphic illustration of how individuals can dramatically reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste we produce if were prepared to put in the effort. Recycling, composting and energy from waste are all ways of dealing with the problem once it has arisen. But its better to prevent waste in the first place, and that needs action by businesses and governments. Here are five ideas to help cut waste off at source. The first, and most controversial, is important because it makes any other effort at waste prevention more effective. The coalitions Localism Act took away councils powers to charge residents for the weight of rubbish they produce. A pay as you throw (PAYT) switches waste from a fixed charge to a metered service like electricity or gas, saving money for those who waste less or recycle more. Examples from ...
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Fracking: the surprising new proving ground for water technologies 18.3.2014 Guardian: Environment
The energy industry's growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors Big advancements in wastewater treatment could be coming from an unexpected source: the oil and gas industry. The growth of fracking brings with it a heavy demand for water, and that's straining water supplies, often in drought-prone areas. The conflict over water has fueled adoption of new water reuse and recycling techniques, making the fracking market a valuable new proving ground for these technologies – which could later be used in other industries, experts say. "There's a lot of money," says Monika Freyman, the water program manager at shareholder activist group Ceres. "Big and small innovative companies are chasing this area." Earlier this month, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz predicted " increasing tensions " between energy and water at an oil and gas conference, the latest reminder of the growing importance of water in energy. Indeed, Ceres last month ...
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Tips for green, more sustainable shows | Julie's Bicycle 29.1.2014 Guardian: Environment
Sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have for stage productions; performance makers are at the forefront of green thinking • 10 easy wins to start thinking more sustainably It is a truth universally acknowledged that environmental sustainability and show production are not compatible. After all, the play's the thing, competing priorities are book-ended with vision and money – sustainability is a nice-to-have. This is the state of the industry, isn't it? Well, no. Over the past couple of years, alongside the blossoming of creative and digital content, a steady shift in show production is taking place. Forced initially by pinched budgets, the opportunities for rethinking the design, material flow and aesthetics of production are inspiring a whole new approach . Using material flow as an organising production principle, itself rooted in environmental concerns, has brought unforeseen benefits. A set designed on the principles of low impacts - reclaimation, upcycling, repurposing and low ...
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ROOTZ provides healthy food option in downtown Steamboat Springs 21.12.2013 Steamboat Pilot
Downtown Steamboat Springs has a new option for healthy food and fresh juices. Fawn Racoma’s ROOTZ on Lincoln Avenue first welcomed customers Wednesday, but its grand opening celebration is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Racoma said that her new restaurant is about balancing the body and will incorporate her background as a holistic health practitioner and experience as an executive chef. She received her license as a holistic health practitioner in San Diego, and after moving to Steamboat, was the head chef at Sweetwater Grill for almost four years. Before even setting foot in Steamboat, Racoma said, she had eyed the spot at 737 Lincoln Ave. As tenants came and went, she watched and wondered what she could do with it. The interior of ROOTZ plays on the quirky nature of the building, full of different textures and painted an array of bright colors. Racoma said that all the furniture in the restaurant was purchased second-hand, and the dishes came from thrift stores. The ...
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Ghana accuses UK recycling firm Environcom of illegal fridge imports 4.11.2013 Guardian: Environment
Country impounds huge shipment and claims British companies are using it as dumping ground for toxic old appliances One of the UK's largest recycling companies has imported thousands of banned second-hand fridges into Ghana, according to the west African country's energy regulator. Thousands of fridges discarded by British households have been shipped to Ghana by Environcom, which describes itself as the UK's largest electrical re-use and recycling company, flouting rules designed to protect the country's environment against harmful chemicals, according to the Ghanaian authorities. "Environcom have sent a shipment of about 37 containers – almost 4,000 second-hand fridges – to Ghana," said Victor Owusu, public affairs spokesman for Ghana's energy commission. Environcom has links to British retailers Dixons and Argos, which supply used appliances to the company for recycling. It admitted exporting the fridges to Ghana but said it did so before the ban came into place. "Environcom ...
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Moots receives award from Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium 29.10.2013 Steamboat Pilot
Moots has aggressively expanded its recycling and gone above and beyond in sustainable business practices, and now, it’s been named the Sustainable Business of the Year for 2013.
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Peace First prize rewards youth who are making a difference 6.10.2013 MSNBC
Peace First prize rewards youth who are making a difference
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How can I make sure my recycling isn't incinerated? | Lucy Siegle 29.9.2013 Guardian: Environment
I'm suspicious that my carefully sorted recycling is actually incinerated. I'm completely opposed to incineration. How do I make sure? Never let it be said that I don't know how to enjoy myself. Two weeks ago I was at the nation's biggest exhibition dedicated to municipal waste. The hall was full of big kit and startling innovation, the sort of thing that makes the Great Exhibition look a bit lacklustre. I was surrounded by leviathan machinery for crushing, sorting or burning our discards, all attempting to entice local authorities and waste companies to buy in. But to which, recycling or incineration? The industry seemed split down the middle. It is annoying that the UK has a patchwork of systems – some refuse is commingled (ie thrown together in a box), some separated. The Campaign for Real Recycling ( realrecycling.org.uk ) says that separated streams are better – the recyclate is less likely to be contaminated, therefore offering material that can be sold worldwide. Your best bet is ...
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Algae biofuel reduces CO2 emissions by 68% more than petroleum counterparts: Study 20.9.2013 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Sept 20: A recent study has revealed that algae-derived biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 68 percent, as compared to petroleum fuels.
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'Farm to foam' is latest way to feel even better about that good local brew 2.9.2013 Star Tribune: Nation
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