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Gov. Brown travels the globe talking about climate change. He should focus on this basic program at home 22.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Gov. Jerry Brown traipses all over the world trying to save the planet from global warming. But he needs to salvage one basic environmental program here at home.

That’s the widely popular beverage container recycling program. People use it and feel good about themselves, particularly younger generations...

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Landfill worker finds apparent evidence linked to lieutenant who had evidence in storage locker 19.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
More pieces of apparent evidence linked to a former Fremont County Sheriff's lieutenant have been found.
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Experts measure food waste not in dollars or tons, but by the toll it takes on Americans' health 17.5.2017 LA Times: Science
Not only do Americans waste a lot of food, they throw away a mind-boggling amount of crucial nutrients, a new study shows.
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Keurig is finally designing a more eco-friendly K-cup 17.5.2017 Washington Post
Keurig is finally designing a more eco-friendly K-cup
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As CU’s dorm dwellers move out, a push to salvage what’s left behind 12.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Give-and-Go puts a dent in the approximately 100 tons of waste CU students living in the dorms send off to the landfill during the end-of-the-year move-out by giving the excess to those in need.
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Moffat County taking steps to address windblown trash from 200-acre Craig landfill 12.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Two weeks after Moffat County resident Floyd Gutierrez complained to commissioner about windblown trash on his property, the county is taking steps to address the problem. “If I was in his position, I’d feel the same way he did,” said Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck, who visited Gutierrez’s property after learning of the problem. “We don’t want Mr. Gutierrez’s property to be an extension of the dump.” Construction on a new entry road into the landfill began Tuesday to close a 100-foot-wide gap in the fence that sits directly in front of the current pit where garbage is dumped. The layout allows trash to blow straight out of the landfill, partially contributing to the issues Gutierrez has had with the landfill for 21 years. “That’s what they should’ve done to start with,” Gutierrez said of the fix, though he expressed appreciation for the commissioners’ attention to the matter. Moffat County Road & Bridge Director Dan Miller also drafted a resolution that would close the landfill two hours early two ...
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Boulder County residents fear “Wild West” created by allowing recreational shooting on trail could turn deadly 11.5.2017 Denver Post: Outdoors
Magnolia Road residents fear allowing recreational shooting along Forest Service Road 357, which also is used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders, could lead to tragedy.
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Boulder cops to search landfill for evidence in Ashley Mead homicide 11.5.2017 Denver Post: Local
Ashley Mead, 25, and her 1-year-old daughter Winter were reported missing Feb. 14, 2017 after Mead did not show up for work. Police believe Mead was killed in Boulder and then dismembered in Louisiana.
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A Landfill Is Consuming This Historic Alabama Community. The EPA Ignored Complaints. Now the Case Is Closed. 9.5.2017 Mother Jones
The Environmental Protection Agency has abruptly closed a longstanding civil rights complaint. In December 2003, the Ashurst Bar/Smith community in Tallassee, Alabama, filed a complaint against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which receives federal funds from the EPA, alleging that by permitting the expansion of a landfill community members had long seen as toxic, the agency violated their civil rights. On April 28, lawyers representing the community received a letter from the EPA notifying them that the federal agency would be dismissing the case , citing "insufficient evidence." "To say it's disappointing is an understatement," says Marianne Engelman Lado, a lawyer at Earthjustice who represents the majority black community, "That after all these years of sitting on the complaint, EPA would just close the case." The EPA's Office of Civil Rights is tasked with enforcing federal civil rights laws that ban discrimination against members of the public by agencies that receive federal ...
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Oregon timber counties struggle as federal support dries up 9.5.2017 AP National
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it....
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Dakotah McGinlay: Get informed about hemp 6.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Forget what your neighbors have told you. Industrial hemp is like the productive cousin of marijuana. Innovation and creativity have pushed hemp into a market that extends from clothing to food and can even replace materials such as plastic and concrete. If you can imagine the productivity of the marijuana industry, think about the byproducts of all that cannabis. As of legalities now, growers for marijuana must incinerate all their waste. No opportunity for compost or repurposing this extremely beneficial crop. Replacing concrete with hempcrete is a sustainable option for our economy and environment. Hempcrete is here; it’s a current technology that could be in your hand, on shelves, and fully biodegrading in our landfill. As we venture along the path to a sustainable future, these innovations are the vehicle that help us release the hold of our fossil fuel dependency. Hemp Technology Collective evaluated that “hempcrete is estimated to sequester 110 kg per cubic meter (depending on transportation) ...
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Get a free meal and learn how to combat food waste at Thursday's Feeding the 5000 event in downtown Los Angeles 4.5.2017 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
Tristram Stuart started Feeding the 5000 in 2009 in London. Since then, he's hosted Feeding the 5000 events around the world, and this Thursday, he will host the first L.A. event.
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Skip the ‘fast fashion,’ and other first-job wardrobe advice from an expert 2.5.2017 Washington Post
Skip the ‘fast fashion,’ and other first-job wardrobe advice from an expert
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Craig man fed up with living next door to 200-acre landfill 28.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
For 21 years, trash has littered the property of Moffat County resident Floyd Gutierrez. The culprit: his neighbor, the Moffat County Landfill. From plastic bags tangled in the sagebrush bordering his alfalfa field, to bright red campaign signs to chunks of styrofoam to flip flops: you name it, he’s picked it up from his fields that border the landfill to the north. The landfill encompasses roughly 210 acres. Despite clear state regulations that prohibit “nuisance conditions” such as trash outside the site boundary, the problem has persisted, through several Moffat County Road and Bridge directors and countless sets of commissioners. Inspection reports show that windblown trash was noted on several occasions — in 1999 and again in 2009, 2012 and 2016 — either collecting against the landfill perimeter or on Gutierrez’s property. Both conditions are against state regulations. A recent inspection spurred by Gutierrez’s complaints resulted in a notice of violation to Moffat County Road and Bridge Director ...
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Why we need to stop throwing out food and start thinking of it as a resource 27.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Before you toss that leftover food, consider composting. L.A. Compost shares tips and information
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How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic 27.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on track to double by 2025 unless something is done, swiftly and at a global scale, to stem the tide of garbage. Plastic ― a versatile, durable and inexpensive material ― has in many ways been a boon to humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to parts of airplanes. But some of the very traits that have made plastics so popular (they’re cheap, and therefore easy to throw away) have also made them a growing problem in ...
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MAPS: Property valuations in metro Denver are spiking. Find your neighborhood on these heat maps. 26.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
Property values are rising up to 40 percent in some parts of the metro area, especially in less-expensive homes.
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Sprouts Farmers Market to hire 500 in Colorado 26.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
Need a job? There might one for you at a Sprouts store, including the new one in Arvada.
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Castle Rock Council approves tax deal to finance $300 million landfill redevelopment 25.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A deactivated landfill in Castle Rock took a critical step toward becoming the town’s next major project site last week when the Town Council approved a public financing agreement that will support its redevelopment.
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Stubborn plastic may have finally met its match: the hungry wax worm 25.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Here’s a caterpillar that thinks plastic tastes fantastic. Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the wax moth will easily munch through a common plastic known as polyethylene, turning it into back into a useful compound found in all kinds of consumer products.

The findings, published in...

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