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2nd Chinese city in a week halts trash incinerator plans 28.4.2016 Washington Post: World
For the second time in a week, a Chinese city has announced it would halt plans for a garbage incinerator project following angry protests by residents.
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China trash incinerator project called off after protests 23.4.2016 Washington Post: World
Authorities in eastern China have halted plans to build a trash incinerator after rowdy street protests by residents and the arrests of four people.
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China trash incinerator project called off after protest 22.4.2016 Washington Post: World
Authorities in eastern China say they have halted plans to build a trash incinerator after rowdy street protests by residents and arrests of two women.
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How a Baltimore Student Kept the Nation's Largest Incinerator Out of Her Neighborhood 20.4.2016 American Prospect
Goldman Environmental Prize Four years ago, Baltimore high school senior Destiny Watford was alarmed to learn that a waste-to-energy incinerator would soon be built in her neighborhood. The Fairfield incinerator, which was planned for a 90-acre site less than a mile from the Benjamin Franklin High School that the 17-year-old attended, was set to emit 240 pounds of mercury and 1,000 pounds of lead into the air every year. Growing up in Baltimore’s heavily industrialized Curtis Bay neighborhood, Watford had seen the dangers that pollution posed for her community. “I know a lot of people with asthma and lung disease,” Watford told The American Prospect. “The deaths related to air pollution in Baltimore City are higher than the homicide rate.”  Watford swung into action. She cofounded Free Your Voice, a student group that began gathering testimonies and signatures from local residents who did not want to see another industrial project in their neighborhood. First, the students convinced the city’s public ...
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Open thread for night owls. Destiny Watford and what she did to merit a Goldman Environment Prize 20.4.2016 Daily Kos
I took note of the six recipients of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday. Aura Bogado at Grist has interviewed Destiny Watford, the only American who received one of the prizes this year, which are divvied up with geographical and other diversities in mind. Here’s the introduction to that interview: Destiny Watford was a 17-year-old student at a south Baltimore high school when she asked a roomful of students if they suffered from asthma. To her dismay, every single hand went up. That was three years ago, when Watford was in the middle of a fight to stop Energy Answers International from building a solid-waste incinerator in the Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay. Her mother, along with many friends and family members, had asthma, and her neighbor died from lung cancer. The culprits seemed obvious to Watford: the medical-waste incinerator, coal pier, and slew of chemical plants surrounding Curtis Bay that foul the air. A proposed solid-waste incinerator, the biggest of its kind in the United ...
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Tooele residents concerned about pending Stericycle move, possibility of more pollution 20.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gina Cooley moved to Erda in 2014 after her pediatrician advised her that pollution from a medical-waste incinerator in North Salt Lake could be the source of her then-4-year-old son’s near-daily headaches. That same year, Stericycle also decided to move to Tooele County. Cooley heard about the relocation only after the decision was final, she said. And before Monday’s public hearing on the proposed facility’s air-quality permit, she was under the impression the facility would be farther away fr...
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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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Editorial: State needs to keep a sharp eye on Stericycle 1.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
First, Stericycle cut a $2.3 million fine in half by promising the state that it would move out of its North Salt Lake neighborhood and take its tons of nitrous oxides, volatile organic compounds and small particle pollutants with them. Then the operator of one of the nation’s few remaining medical waste incinerators tentatively won the state’s permission to emit even more poisons at its new Tooele County facility as long as it promised to continuously monitor some of the more dangerous emissio...
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In Taiwan, leftover food scraps help farmers sustain porky appetites 24.3.2016 Guardian: Environment
Taiwan has institutionalized the practice of feeding leftover food to livestock, an approach that many nations are using or considering to reduce their food waste. Now, two thirds of the country’s overall food waste helps feed its 5.5m pigs Every night, classical music blares from garbage trucks in Taipei, summoning people from their homes. In their hands, they clutch bags or buckets of kitchen scraps, which they dump into a bin on the truck. From there, the food travels to farms, where it helps ensure a good supply of one of Taiwan’s food staples. Farmers have fed leftover food to livestock for centuries, but Taiwan is one of a handful of countries that have institutionalized the practice. About two thirds of the island nation’s overall food waste, which totaled 610,000 tons last year, goes to help feed the country’s 5.5m pigs – the top meat source for the country’s 23.5 million ...
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Inside the Fight to Frack Pennsylvania Township 4.3.2016
Penn Township hosts a mix of cookie-cutter single family homes in subdivisions and sprawling farms - some of which have been in families for generations. You can get away from city lights out here. Find a nice home and good school districts among picturesque rural scenery. But not for long. Gene Meyers points toward one of Apex Energy's proposed well sites from a hill by his home near Dutch Hollow Road in Penn Township. (Photo by Connor Mulvaney / PublicSource) Editor's note: This is the first story in our Clearing the Air series about shale gas drilling in Penn Township. PublicSource has followed the events there since April 2015. We placed air quality sensors at five homes to monitor pollutants near the contested well pad for two months. The data collected are being analyzed. PublicSource will share the results with residents and report on what we found. Sign up for our newsletter to ensure you receive our next story. Gene Meyers asked everyone to join him in prayer a few minutes before the Feb. 11 ...
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A Proposed Maryland Law Wants To Make Big Chicken Producers Responsible For Dealing With Their Poop 3.2.2016 Think Progres

The Poultry Litter Management Act would require poultry producers in Maryland to be solely responsible for the chicken manure that their contract farmers produce.

The post A Proposed Maryland Law Wants To Make Big Chicken Producers Responsible For Dealing With Their Poop appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Business News Roundup, Dec. 3 3.12.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
About 30 food companies announced plans Wednesdday to add scannable codes to their packaging that will offer details about ingredients, allergens and nutrition. The Grocery Manufacturers Association said the new code, called Smart Label, would appear on almost 30,000 products like shampoos, detergents, crackers and sodas by the end of 2017. The trade group publicized the program in the face of fierce lobbying over the issue of labeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Worried about a Vermont law due to go into effect next summer that requires labeling of such foods, the food industry is working to get Congress to put language in an omnibus spending bill that would preempt states from passing such regulations. General Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty for releasing unsafe levels of air pollution from a hazardous waste incinerator in upstate New York and submitting false pollution control records. The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday ...
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In Maryland, Burning Chicken Manure Counts As Renewable Energy 18.11.2015 Think Progres

Environmental activists want Maryland to stop calling chicken manure "renewable energy."

The post In Maryland, Burning Chicken Manure Counts As Renewable Energy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Taking Out the Trash Burners 25.10.2015
Having scored one big victory for jobs and the environment, a group of Baltimore activists is trying to take things to the next level. Curtis Bay, their heavily polluted Baltimore neighborhood, had been bracing for a $1 billion garbage incinerator that would have lowered Maryland's already poor air quality . Energy Answers , the company that won approval six years ago to build this boondoggle, tried to greenwash the burner, falsely claiming that it would generate "clean" power. But the incinerator would have emitted dangerous levels of mercury, lead, dioxins, and other substances linked to neurological problems, cancer, and asthma - all within a mile of local schools. That's why a youth-led organization called Free Your Voice joined with environmental groups in a campaign against the incinerator and in favor of real solutions for dignified jobs and authentically green initiatives. Free Your Voice grew out of a human rights group called United Workers , which was founded in 2002 by homeless day ...
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Comics historian Craig Yoe celebrates Banned Books Week with the Forbidden Comics bundle 23.9.2015 Boing Boing
Banned Books Week is just around the corner and to help prepare readers for this event, the folks at Humble Bundle have put together a collection of challenged and banned comics. A portion of the proceeds goes towards benefitting The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who helped curate this limited time bundle. Many notable creators are represented here including Alan Moore, Scott Snyder, Jeff Smith, Jeff Lemire, Garth Ennis, the Hernandez brothers, and even Cory Doctorow himself. The Humble Comics Bundle: Forbidden Comics Supporting Banned Books Week runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. For such a unique bundle about controversial comics, it only felt fitting to call upon an individual just as unique to provide the very first Humble Bundle intro; enter comics historian Craig Yoe, no stranger to the most salacious corners of comicdom. Take it away, Craig! -- Mother was horrified. She discovered my gaily-painted childhood wooden toy box now had a big steel padlock on ...
Essential California: L.A.'s homeless emergency 23.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Wednesday, Sept. 23. The honeycomb exterior of the new Broad museum is now a meme. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES A 911 for L.A.'s homeless  L.A. city leaders are acknowledging the sharp increase in men and women living...
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Residents of Ohio Town See "Environmental Justice" as Empty Promise 16.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Some residents of East Liverpool, Ohio, have been complaining about emissions from a hazardous-waste incinerator since it opened in 1993, but say the EPA has been of little help. (Photo: Smokestacks via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) This story was  published  by  The Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. East Liverpool, Ohio - When  President Bill Clinton deemed environmental justice an administration priority 21 years ago, Alonzo Spencer felt an odd sensation: optimism. The steel-mill crane operator could stand on the grounds of the neighborhood elementary school and see why such protections mattered. Down a valley less than 400 yards from the East Elementary School, hugging the banks of the Ohio River, a hazardous waste incinerator belched smoke, fumes and flares into the air. Spencer and a core of fellow activists had fought what was then the Waste Technology Industries incinerator ever since it was proposed it in the early ...
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Denver Zoo faces heat but pushes on with elephant poop-to-power plant 7.9.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
As the Denver Zoo pushes ahead on a $3.3 million City Park plant to convert elephant dung and other waste to power, neighborhood groups and city leaders are demanding details on air quality impact and safety.
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Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice | Elizabeth C Yeampierre 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. We can’t afford to choose between the two

Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. US cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color are also home to a disproportionate share of the environmental burdens that are fueling the climate crisis and shortening our lives. One has only to recall the gut-wrenching images of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath to confirm this.

At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities continue to get hit time and time again by climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to choose between a Black Lives Matter protest and a climate justice forum, because our survival depends on both of them.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Oil bust coming; how hot will it get? wind turbines vs. eagles 20.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Red-tailed hawk takes flight. See Kestrel's post . Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,275 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Welcome to East Liverpool, Ohio, home of one of the world's largest hazardous waste incinerators —by Samuel Vargo: "Much was promised when one of the world's largest commercial hazardous waste incinerators was being planned, and later, built, in East Liverpool, Ohio's East End. The big parent company that owns and operates the facility, Swiss-based Von Roll, would be like a magnet that would attract other industries with its hazardous waste incinerator operating here. That was the biggest hook: The city would return to its glory days, when it was the world's pottery ...
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