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Essential California: Black Lives Matter gets cool reception from some black churches 29.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 29. Steven Gerrard of the L.A. Galaxy just had his first In-N-Out burger. How was it? “Life changing.” Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

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For decades, African American churches have played a central role in Los...

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What the Heck Is Up With California's Recycling Program? 28.8.2016 Mother Jones
Few states have a greener rep than California, and for good reason. The state has a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, solar-energy production exceeding that of all other states combined , and, at the behest of Gov. Jerry Brown, it's now mulling new targets that would slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The state has proved itself a national leader in environmental policy. All of which makes California's latest waste and recycling report , issued yearly by state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery ( CalRecycle ), so bewildering. It reveals that landfill waste in the state jumped to 33.2 million tons in 2015, a one-year increase of 2 million tons, contributing to last year's release of 200,000 extra metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Per capita, each Californian now tosses 4.7 pounds of stuff into the landfill. The state's rate of recycling also dropped to 47 percent in 2015. That's the lowest rate since 2010 , and the first time since the state ...
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Taxpayers spent $127 million on this New York golf course. Trump reaps the rewards. 26.8.2016 Washington Post
Donald Trump’s deal with New York to manage the public golf course allows him to keep almost every dollar that flows in while taxpayers cover utility bills.
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Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners 25.8.2016 Washington Post
Deconstruction of an old house can provide huge tax benefits for property owners
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EPA seeks depository for mine waste treatment plant sludge 25.8.2016 Durango Herald
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to search for a permanent resting place for sludge from a water-treatment plant at Gladstone, and it is vetting solicitations from private businesses to address mine cleanup in the Bonita Peak Mining District.The agency met Wednesday morning with La Plata...
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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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This week at progressive state blogs: Controlling Chicago cops; sequestering NC and GA coal ash 14.8.2016 Daily Kos
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching.  Here  is last Saturday's edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Eclectablog of Michigan, Chris Savage writes— Donald Trump makes news in Detroit by not deviating from his teleprompter :  Trump was so proud of himself for sticking to his scripted speech, in fact, that he  used it to raise funds in an email  later that afternoon. “[A] group of left-wing protesters interrupted me over ten times in an attempt to get us off message,” he wrote (referring to himself in the royal “us”.) “I have news for them: IT DIDN’T WORK! We stayed on message and delivered our positive platform to America. Give me all your money.” It’s an astonishing reality this year that the biggest news ...
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Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River 13.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State officials say the Price River is safe for recreation and irrigation and that Rocky Mountain Power should be able to handle any future storms like the one that discharged an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River last week. Samples collected by the state Department of Environmental Quality in the days following the flash flood indicate concentrations of heavy metals were elevated near the site of the spill, said Scott Hacking, an environmental engineer with the Utah De... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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North L.A. County residents are angry that the Chiquita Canyon Landfill quietly avoided closure 12.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The town of Val Verde, population 2,468, consists of a smattering of narrow roads and single-family houses nestled among the hills of Chiquita Canyon, and a dump named after that canyon that some nearby residents say needs to be shut down. 

The Chiquita Canyon Landfill is L.A. County’s second-largest...

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Hanford contractor finishes final job before contract ends 12.8.2016 AP Washington
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The company working to clean up radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has exceeded expectations before its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy ends....
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Colorado House District 59 race draws big bucks, statewide attention 11.8.2016 Durango Herald
DENVER – The state House District 59 race between Democrat Barbara McLachlan and Republican J. Paul Brown could be the most contested and expensive legislative race in the state.More than $161,000 has poured into the contest, with Brown, the incumbent, reporting $73,328 in contributions, and McLachlan filing $88,297 in...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Uranium taint covered up in NC; modified bug to fight Zika? 11.8.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Here is the most recent previous Green Spotlight.  More than 25,470 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES radicalink writes— Arctic Thaw as Dystopian Treasure Box : “It started about a decade ago when I read a book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, during which the worst month in Oct 1918 almost 200,000 died in America. Thousands dead in every major American city and 30 to 50 million people across the globe died. .  We have sort of expunged that epidemic from our collective memory. But it was a small section of the book that caught my attention in relation to the topic at hand… Arctic warming and melting permafrost.  In 1951 a team of scientists went to the little village of Brevig Mission in Alaska and ...
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1,000 Words: The mattress 10.8.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
About 400,000 mattresses are purchased in Minnesota every year, which usually means about 400,000 mattresses are thrown out, sometimes by the side of the road.
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Cashing in on Cellulosic Ethanol: Subsidy Loophole Set to Rescue Corn Biofuel Profits 9.8.2016 Truthout.com
Subsidies intended for next-generation cellulosic ethanol production are to be applied to a trivial improvement to corn ethanol refining technologies. Since cellulosic ethanol qualifies for much higher subsidies, this will significantly increase corn refinery profits and boost the demand for corn but will do nothing to combat climate change or promote energy independence. This is all thanks to an EPA policy to boost the previously (almost) non-existing cellulosic biofuel production in the US by widening and watering down the definition of that term. Thanks to this policy, cellulosic ethanol subsidies can now go towards biofuels made from the same corn kernels as conventional corn ethanol. After decades of promises that biofuels derived from cellulosic biomass -- i.e. from wood, grasses and crop residues -- would replace them, the biofuel market worldwide remains firmly stuck on food crops and plant oils.  In 2015 , the US produced 16.6 billion gallons of biofuels. Just 2.2 million gallons were classed as ...
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Utah assessing how much Rocky Mountain Power coal waste washed into Price River 9.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A flash flood Thursday afternoon cut through a massive repository of coal ash outside Helper and pushed unknown quantities of the waste into the Price River. Over the past six decades, Rocky Mountain Power has filled a side canyon to Price Canyon, just downstream of its Carbon Power Plant, with the plant’s ash. The plant was retired in April 2015 and the power company has been in the process of grading and capping the ash pile for permanent closure. But a cloudburst Thursday sent floodwaters dow... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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A girl found dead in a landfill 49 years ago has finally been identified 6.8.2016 Washington Post
The discovery came after nearly two years of a cold-case investigation led by a Pennsylvania state trooper.
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Italy Wants its Citizens to Embrace Doggy Bags 5.8.2016 Mother Jones
Italy, a country that needs no introduction when it comes to food, just became among the first countries to pass legislation targeting food waste at farms, grocery stores, and restaurants. The facts on food waste are stomach-turning. In the United States, a full 40 percent of food produced never gets consumed, resulting in 133 billion pounds of food wasted every year. If that number seems too mountainous to make sense of, think of it this way: For every person in the country, 1,249 calories worth of food ends up filling landfills instead of hungry bellies every single day. And that's just in the US. In Europe, food waste estimates also hover near 40 percent of food produced, almost 200 billion pounds per year in the EU alone, enough to feed 200 million people . In Italy, food waste amounts to an estimated 1.1 percent of the country's total GDP. The initiatives included in Italy's law, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, range from pragmatic to humorous. The law calls for the relaxation of restrictions on ...
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Letter: State rejects wrong prison site 4.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The recent Tribune article revealed the state’s decision to reject the site with environmental issues and old landfill concerns is faulty, ill-conceived and wrong. To select a site with such sensitive and internationally recognized environmental assets, including critical wildlife habitat and impingement on Great Salt Lake’s wetland, is poor governance and not in the best interests of the state and its citizens. The site closer to the International Center is preferred because it avoids det...
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Flush, then fill up: Japan taps sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars 31.7.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet?

When Mutsuro Yuji, chief of the central sewage plant here in this southern Japanese city, first heard about the idea of making hydrogen from biogas — the combination of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of stinky matter...

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Op-ed: Something smells in Utah's special service districts 31.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State Auditor John Dougall’s recent scathing audit of the Utah Local Governments Trust has the Utah Taxpayers Association claiming the waste and mismanagement uncovered is only the tip of the iceberg. Taxpayer money is misused when no one is “minding the store” of the invisible government entities most taxpayers have no idea even exist. In his weekly HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver exposed the ugly underbelly of America’s most hidden level of government: 40,000 special servic...
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