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Fossils of a sperm whale up to 12 million years old unearthed at Irvine landfill 22.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than 1,200 feet up on a hillside in Irvine probably isn't the first place you'd expect to find the final resting place of a 40-foot sperm whale, but that's what Melissa Macias stumbled upon last month.

The paleontologist with Santa Ana engineering contractor Psomas noticed something unusual...

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From trash to treasure: Scientists turn plastic bottles and bags into liquid fuel 18.6.2016 LA Times: Science

In the future, perhaps we’ll be mining our landfills and fishing through our oceans for the raw materials to make fuel. Using a two-catalyst process, a joint U.S.-China team of researchers has figured out how to take discarded plastic products, from grocery bags to plastic bottles, and turn them...

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Smaller Minnesota cities take the lead in sustainability 17.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Global climate change might seem to call for global action, but there are efforts going on in places you wouldn't necessarily look, with countless examples in cities across Minnesota.
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Kentucky Lawmakers Want To Revitalize Coal Country By Building A Prison 16.6.2016 Think Progres

“I feel like most Americans, if they knew what the conditions were, would be absolutely appalled.”

The post Kentucky Lawmakers Want To Revitalize Coal Country By Building A Prison appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado 15.6.2016 Durango Herald
Hot, dry days are expected in western Colorado this week, resulting in a red flag warning beginning at noon Wednesday.The National Weather Service has issued the warning for noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a fire weather watch for Thursday afternoon and evening for an area that includes the...
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2 Lebanon ministers resign over inefficiency 15.6.2016 Washington Post: World
The leader of a Lebanese Christian party says its two ministers are resigning from the Cabinet in protest over corruption and government inefficiency.
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Duke Energy Is Facing Yet Another Lawsuit In North Carolina Over Its Coal Ash 14.6.2016 Think Progres

Duke Energy has been facing numerous lawsuits in North Carolina over its handling of coal ash. Now they are facing a new one in federal court.

The post Duke Energy Is Facing Yet Another Lawsuit In North Carolina Over Its Coal Ash appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Startup Is Turning Leftover Beer Into Delicious Snacks 12.6.2016 Mother Jones
When you're looking for dinner ingredients at the supermarket, you probably wince at the bruised pears, skip over those oddly shaped carrots, and reach past ugly red peppers. This preference for pretty produce means the ugly fruits and vegetables are tossed out, filling landfills with otherwise nutritious food. A study found that in 2010, more than 11 million pounds of food from supermarkets and restaurants went uneaten. Reducing food waste is the latest public-service announcement chosen by the Ad Council. Adcouncil.org Food waste—from grocery stores, restaurants, and households across the country—is becoming a buzzword, and not just for foodies. It's estimated that 40 percent of the food in the United States won't end up in people's stomachs , costing Americans $165 billion a year. The Ad Council (the same group that came up with the Crash Test Dummies for wearing seatbelts and Smokey Bear for wildfire prevention) just rolled out "Save the Food" as its latest public-service campaign . And earlier this ...
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Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit 10.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Coal ash at the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Alabama, on August 20, 2009. (Meggan Haller / The New York Times) Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are facing a challenge to their basic right to speech, for the simple act of speaking out against the disposal of millions of tons of coal ash in a local landfill.   In April, Green Group Holdings and Howling Coyote, owners of the Arrowhead Landfill, sued four Uniontown residents for defamation. The residents -- Esther Calhoun, Benjamin Eaton, Mary Schaeffer, and Ellis Long -- are members of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Social Justice , an environmental justice citizens' group that has organized against the waste disposal facility. The group is concerned about health and environmental impacts associated ...
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Underground fire at Washington landfill extinguished 7.6.2016 AP Washington
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state officials say an underground fire that started at a landfill in November 2013 has been extinguished....
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Volunteers needed for Zero Waste events 7.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as Free Summer Concerts and the Farmers Market. Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, with each volunteer typically donating about three hours of time. Diverting items from the landfill requires a crew of as many as 20 people for some events. YVSC is offering a training for Zero Waste volunteers from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the YVSC office, 141 Ninth St. Attendees will learn about why recycling is challenging in rural Northwest Colorado, what the difference is between industrial and residential composting, what is compostable, what is recyclable, why Zero Waste is good for the environment and much more. All ages are welcome. Email larisa@yvsc.org or call 970-871-9299 for more information. Visit www.yvsc.org/volunteer to view Zero Waste volunteer ...
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Eight Reasons Why 500 USA Manufacturers are Storming Washington DC this Week 6.6.2016 Inc
Factory employees are stepping aside from their daily responsibilities to awaken DC with a dose of reality.
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The Scent Buster: Fargo scientist sniffs out landfill issues 4.6.2016 AP Top News
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Jane Kangas has the most valuable nostrils in North Dakota....
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Man spent 5 months in jail because allegedly no one told him his bail was just $2 2.6.2016 Washington Post
Man spent 5 months in jail because allegedly no one told him his bail was just $2
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Potentially toxic dust could delay building Utah's new prison 29.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State leaders knew building a massive prison complex near the Great Salt Lake wouldn’t be easy. There are wetlands and migratory birds to worry about. The soft soil makes construction difficult. The swarms of mosquitoes create a never-ending irritant. But potentially poisonous dust storms caused by the shrinking lake? That’s a new one. The state has fast-tracked a study to determine what inmates and prison guards might inhale when a stiff wind inevitably kicks up dust from the dry lakebed. It co... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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How This $500 Million Startup Gives Small Businesses a Leg Up in the Trash Industry 27.5.2016 Inc
The garbage industry is one that has yet to see major disruption. But one startup,Rubicon Global, is rolling out a suite oftools to help independent haulers compete against big corporations.
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These Vegetables Would Have Normally Been Thrown Out. Instead, They’ll Feed Our Hungriest. 26.5.2016 Think Progres

At Feeding the 5000, volunteers make a meal for thousands of people out of food that would have been thrown away.

The post These Vegetables Would Have Normally Been Thrown Out. Instead, They’ll Feed Our Hungriest. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The business case for fighting climate change 25.5.2016 techCrunch
 Chilling news regarding climate change continues to arrive on a regular basis, even as Antarctica warms dangerously and further troubling global symptoms emerge. It’s a shame global governments seem unable to mobilize to the degree necessary to keep Antarctica safely frigid and other climate-change-related catastrophes at bay. It’s also a shame those same governments don’t… Read ...
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A Senate candidate. A murder plot. An undercover cop. A giant fiasco. 25.5.2016 Washington Post
Nineteen years ago, an aspiring politician went to prison, accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband. Now Ruth Ann Aron Green wants a second chance.
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L.A.'s plastic bag problem hasn't been solved, and it may be killing some of our most beautiful sea creatures 19.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When it comes to enacting bans on plastic bags, the reasoning sometimes sounds remote. You’ve probably heard of the vast soup of plastic known as the Pacific Gyre, an ocean vortex twice as big as Texas filled with bits of plastic. You may or may not know that there are similar plastic patches in...

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