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Cultivating Climate Justice Through Compost: The Story of Hernani 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Compost pile via Shutterstock) When the people of Hernani, Spain, began a residential compost system, they weren’t looking to become heroes of the movement for climate justice. Like thousands of other towns around the world, they were simply looking for an alternative to incineration and the pollution it brings. Hernani is located in Basque country, in the province of Gipuzkoa. In 2002, the Gipuzkoa landfill was nearly full, and the provincial government proposed building two new incinerators to burn the trash. The citizens of Hernani and other municipalities of the province immediately joined together in opposition . In a particularly impressive action, hundreds took the streets for what they called a “zero waste flash mob dance.” Not only did Hernani fight the incinerator plans (and very creatively), they also began implementing zero waste strategies that would help eliminate the need to burn or bury waste at all. Within a few years, Hernani became a center of composting excellence. To start, ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: COP-20 in Lima, trashing the Tongass and Apache sacred lands 11.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Flashy tribunal on a rooftop. See lineatus' diary . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,260 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Lima: Climate FairShares Tool Debuts —by boatsie: "Civil society groups yesterday launched a new online-tool providing the stark details of just how limited the space in the world's Carbon Budget remains and detailing what amount of space each country is allocated under UN Terms relative to "pollution targets and finance transfers" in the battle to combat climate change. The infographic is designed from a ...
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Cultivating Climate Justice From the Front Lines of the Crisis 29.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
This is part 2 of a four-part article series "Cultivating Climate Justice" which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending community rights to clean air, clean water, zero waste, environmental justice, and good jobs. They are all members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a network of over 800 organizations from 90+ countries. This series is produced by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds   "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change.... I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice ...
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Cultivating Climate Justice From the Frontlines of the Crisis 29.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
This is part 2 of a four-part article series "Cultivating Climate Justice" which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending community rights to clean air, clean water, zero waste, environmental justice, and good jobs. They are all members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a network of over 800 organizations from 90+ countries. This series is produced by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds   "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change.... I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice ...
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Fighting for Climate Justice From the Front Lines of Disaster 25.11.2014 Global Voices
Given that climate change is causing increasing extreme weather, better waste management actually helps to prevent events like Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.
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Pilot program helps Mpls. urban polluters clean up air, image 23.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Companies test more, disclose more to address urban air woes.
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Pilot program helps urban polluters clean up air and their image 23.11.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Companies test more, disclose more to address urban air woes.
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Minnesota not on track to meet proposed emissions reductions 21.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota has made little progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 under proposed EPA rules. State officials say new strategies are needed.
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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste 20.11.2014 Truthout.com
Zero waste alliances are forming all over the world and making great strides toward building a new kind of economy that is good for people and the planet. Zero waste encompasses the full lifecycle of our stuff, starting with reduced extraction and responsible product design, and ending with all materials being reused, recycled, or composted. If you value media that isn’t controlled by advertisers or billionaire sponsors, show your support today! Donate to Truthout now to keep independent media strong. The streets of Belo Horizonte were filled with singing, dancing, chanting, and marching. It was not a holiday or an election day or a soccer game. The chant was: "We don't want incineration! Recycle! Recycle!" It was September 19, 2014, and this was the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance, Brazil style. Exuberant, celebratory, and led by recycling workers. The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a ...
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Recycling Workers Are Leading the Zero Waste Charge in Brazil 19.11.2014 Global Voices
Recycling workers have spearheaded the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance in Brazil, which seeks to have all materials of a product be reused, recycled or composted.
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Fargo facility could handle Ebola-related waste 8.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The Fargo operator of a medical waste incinerator would only accept Ebola-contaminated waste from other states after careful consideration, and it doesn't currently have any plans to do so, company officials said.
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Fargo Facility Could Handle Ebola-Related Waste 7.11.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)The Fargo operator of a medical waste incinerator would only accept Ebola-contaminated waste from other states after careful consideration, and it doesn't currently have any plans to do so, company officials said.
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Fargo facility could handle Ebola-related waste 7.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Healthcare Environmental Services would only accept Ebola-contaminated waste from other states after careful consideration, and it doesn't currently have any plans to do so, company officials said.
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Why Are Environmentalists Supporting This Republican Senator? 30.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party has moved far right on energy and environment issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have decided that they actually don't. Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their bipartisanship haven't been left with many Republicans to support. In this election cycle, Maine Sen. Susan Collins stands out. She unequivocally accepts climate science. In 2009, she cosponsored a "cap-and-dividend" bill to limit emissions with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). She is the only Senate Republican to vote against preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (But she did vote to block EPA climate ...
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Kerry: Ebola presents 'test of global citizenship' 17.10.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with world diplomats on Friday to rush more money and supplies to battle the Ebola virus in west Africa, calling it "a real test of global citizenship."...
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Daily Digest: Beauprez still leads in new poll but Hickenlooper closes gap, and 9 other stories 15.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
Your daily resource for late-breaking news, upcoming events, the Denver weather forecast, Denver traffic information, and the stories that will be talked about today, Wednesday, ...
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Lakewood fire injures two after incinerator fire spreads to home 15.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Two people were sent to the hospital after a fire burned through a Lakewood home early Wednesday as its inhabitants slept after an unattended blaze in an incinerator ignited the structure.
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Bobby Jindal's Louisiana goes all-in on Ebola paranoia 14.10.2014 Daily Kos
The only thing we have to fear is fireproof zombie Ebola I would shake my head at this but then I remember a sizable fraction of our nation's leaders and would-be leaders still believe in demon possession so believing that the incinerated ashes of an Ebola victim's worldly belongings might rise up and something-something zombie apocalypse is sure, why not, something Republican officeholders can rally behind . Louisiana attorney general Buddy Caldwell has a plan to stop Ebola: file a restraining order. Caldwell, a Republican, called the proposal to dispose of Dallas Ebola victim Eric Duncan's incinerated belongings at a Lake Charles landfill "absurd" and pledged to use the legal process to stop the transfer. [...] Caldwell, whose decision was quickly supported by GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, didn't offer any details on how burying the incinerated materials would affect the people of his state. We're talking about ashes, mind you. The Dallas patient's belongings were gathered up and burned in an incinerator, ...
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Ashes of Ebola victim's belongings to be taken to hazardous waste dump in Louisiana 12.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Watching Our Health Go Up in Smoke 7.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout )The medical waste incineration industry was given birth to in the late 1980s by the confluence of two high profile media circuses: one - the HIV hysteria - and two - multiple media accounts of bags of syringes, needles, plasma bags, IV tubing, bottles of pills and even body parts washing up on the shores of some of the most popular resort beaches on the East Coast stretching from Maine to Florida. In 1987, in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 children were found playing with HIV-infected vials of blood that came from an unsecured dumpster used by a medical clinic. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the knee-jerk response was a widespread call to burn hospital waste so that the various avenues of incompetence, corruption and profiteering that led to dirty needles washing up on exclusive beaches could be closed down through a back door. Little thought was applied to the consequences of incineration, until plumes of black clouds began billowing from ...
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