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If Food Was The Largest Climate Impact Of The 2016 Rio Olympics 26.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Staying strong: It takes a lot of food to fuel Olympic athletes. Photo : U.S. Army/Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) If you see comments in the news and on social media about the environmental impact of the 2016 Rio Olympics, chances are it will be about transportation or the levels of pollution. All of the athletes, spectators and officials arriving in Rio via fossil fuel burning airplanes, spewing tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It's positively sinful. While the opening ceremony sent a clear message about protecting the environment, there has been sharp criticism over the levels of pollution across the city and in Guanabara Bay. With 480,000 tourists predicted to travel to Rio and more than 11,000 athletes participating, what about the food all of these people will eat? One could argue that these people would be eating anyway, however it is more challenging to eat in a sustainable way when travelling in a foreign country as you can only eat what's available. The Rio organizing committee ...
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Poll: Utahns generally dislike coffee, despise alcohol, like green Jell-O 25.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The big headline of a new poll by Public Policy Polling is that the majority of Utahns don’t want Sen. Orrin Hatch to run for re-election in 2018. The same poll offered up some less serious observations about Utahns’ consumption of three major products: Coffee, alcohol and green Jell-O. What’s really fascinating about the numbers is how they break down along political and religious lines. Coffee • Overall, 37 percent of poll respondents had a favorable opinion of coffee, while 44 percent had an ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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How Elephant Seals Are Helping Scientists Study Climate Change 25.8.2016 Environmental News Network
A group of southern elephant seals is helping scientists monitorhow climate change is impacting Antarctica by tracking water temperature, depth, and salinity as they swim and dive around the frozen continent. 
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For Some Older Adults In Japan, A Chance To Stay In The Workforce 25.8.2016 NPR News
As Japan's population shrinks and ages, the government wants older adults to remain employed. The traditional retirement age is 60. But a few companies are welcoming those who want to keep working.
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Utah State says it didn't cover up wrongdoing, will make changes to how it handles sexual assault 25.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah State University is vowing to improve its relationship with local law enforcement after four women reported being sexually assaulted by the same student to police in 2015. This was one of several recommendations made at the conclusion of an internal investigation by the university into its sexual assault policies and the allegations first reported by The Salt Lake Tribune in July. The inquiry also found that USU officials did not discourage victims from reporting or hide any evidence of wro...
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JBLM Green Beret killed in Afghanistan 25.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson was killed Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack, federal officials said.
Elizabeth May puts spotlight on the case for a boycott against Israel 25.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. She may not remember, but when Elizabeth May first contemplated running for leader of the Green Party, I was among those enthusiastically suggesting she go for it. Now, as she contemplated giving up the job she has successfully held for the past 10 years, I wanted to offer some unsolicited advice: Don't resign. Whether you agree with the BDS movement's boycott strategy or not, it is a peaceful way to protest a serious violation of human ...
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Utah State says it didn't cover-up wrongdoing, will make changes to how it handles sexual assault 25.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah State University is vowing to improve its relationship with local law enforcement after four women reported being sexually assaulted by the same student to police in 2015. This was one of several recommendations made at the conclusion of an internal investigation by the university into its sexual assault policies and the allegations first reported by The Salt Lake Tribune in July. The inquiry also found that USU officials did not discourage victims from reporting or hide any evidence of wro...
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Green Beret from Irvine identified as soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan 25.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

U.S. military officials on Wednesday identified the American serviceman killed in a roadside bomb attack as an Army Green Beret from Orange County.  

Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, died Tuesday while advising Afghan forces on patrol in southern Afghanistan. Six Afghan soldiers and...

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Selecting the right house plant could improve indoor air 24.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of "sick building syndrome." But researchers report that surrounding oneself with certain house plants could combat the potentially harmful effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a main category of these pollutants. Interestingly, they found that certain plants are better at removing particular harmful compounds from the air, suggesting that, with the right plant, indoor air could become cleaner and safer. The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS, the world's largest scientific society, is holding the meeting here through Thursday. It features more than 9,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics. A brand-new animation on the research is available at http://bit.ly/ACSindoorairpollution."Buildings, whether new or old, can have high levels of VOCs in them, sometimes so high that you can smell them," says ...
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Hook a fall salmon, then try a yummy recipe by Taylor Hoang of Pho Cyclo Cafes 24.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

There are still plenty of places where you can catch a salmon in western Washington, especially in the Lower Columbia River region. Use that catch to make this recipe from Taylor Hoang, chef and owner of Pho Cyclo Cafes and Rickshaw Chef in Seattle. Born in Da Lat, Vietnam, Hoang took her propensity for business […]
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Waste Not, Save More 24.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On average, each person in the US  throws away five pounds of solid waste each day . While many eco-conscious citizens do their due diligence to  recycle , compost, and reduce waste, others remain  apathetic  about preserving the environment. Wherever you might land on the eco-friendly scale, innovative "Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) programs are incentivizing people nationwide to increase (or start) recycling and composting through a usage-pricing model. Basically, the less trash you send to a landfill, the less you pay. Over 7,000 communities in the  US report  using this green solution, with cities seeing an average of 45 percent less trash. Though various types of PAYT programs have been tested, waste-reduction company WasteZero reports the most cost-effective and convenient option for reducing waste is  using specialized bags . With this approach, residents purchase uniquely printed bags approved by their municipality, just like you would purchase garbage bags from a store. Trash collectors only pick up ...
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Exxon, the Olympics and Greenwashing 2.0 24.8.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
What if the oil colossus actually did commit to clean energy?
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Presidio Graduate School acquires Pinchot University — powerhouse, anybody? 24.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The two graduate schools who were the first to offer pure sustainability-focused graduate management programs entered an agreement to merge. Already leaders in the field, what will the merger bring?
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Room for Debate: Is Obamacare Sustainable? 24.8.2016 NY Times: Editorials
Some insurance companies are pulling out of certain A.C.A. state health care exchanges.
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Immigrants form worker cooperatives amid gentrification in Santa Ana 24.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Under the watchful eye of Apolonio Cortes and Abel Ruiz, a handful of shoppers picked at a selection of lettuce, green onions and other produce at the El Centro Cultural de Mexico community space in Santa Ana.

Across the room, a group of women showed off their display of handicrafts: jewelry and...

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'Green News Report' - August 23, 2016 24.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Media criticized for their slow response to Louisiana flood disaster; Louisiana flooding could accelerate spread of the Zika virus; PLUS: A tale of two Arctics -- Native American tribe forced to move, while luxury cruises are just getting started... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): 'Climate change is water change' - why the Colorado River system is headed for major trouble; A Deal With The Devil? Russia Kicks Up Arctic Oil Drilling; High-Price Ethanol Credits Add to Refiners' Woes; China's drive to clean up its coal power, one plant at a time; Widening 80 Mile Crack Threatens One Of Antarctica's Biggest Ice Shelves; Ohio Residents ...
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New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost 23.8.2016 Environmental News Network
A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.A Los Alamos National Laboratory team, in collaboration with Yoong-Kee Choe at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and Cy Fujimoto of Sandia National Laboratories, has discovered that fuel cells made from phosphate-quaternary ammonium ion-pair can be operated between 80°C and 200°C with and without water, enhancing the fuel cells usability in a range of conditions. The research is published in the journal Nature Energy.
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Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is a lesson in green building 23.8.2016 TreeHugger
The Living Building Challenge is tough, but this building in Ontario gets all seven petals
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Researchers reduce expensive noble metals for fuel cell reactions 23.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Washington State University researchers have developed a novel nanomaterial that could improve the performance and lower the costs of fuel cells by using fewer precious metals like platinum or palladium.Led by Yuehe Lin, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers used inexpensive metal to make a super low density material, called an aerogel, to reduce the amount of precious metals required for fuel cell reactions. They also sped up the time to make the aerogels, which makes them more viable for large-scale production.
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