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Ethiopia powers up ambitions for green industry | William Davison 23.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The strategy for an eco-friendly, sustainable Ethiopian economy aims to bring the country to middle-income status by 2025 while pegging back emissions

The hulking waste-to-energy power plant taking shape on the edge of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, symbolises ambitions to convert the agrarian Horn of Africa country into an eco-friendly industrial powerhouse.

The government’s $120m (£76.8m) Reppie project, being built to EU emissions standards, will incinerate the city’s rubbish to generate 50MW of electricity. A computer-generated image on display at the site shows the future factory shrouded by a tree-filled park.

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Money in your pants: Levi's new recycling program offers 20% discount for old duds 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
There's gold in them there used garments! Well, at least a 20% discount at a Levi's store.
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John Oliver blasts food waste in America on 'Last Week Tonight' 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
John Oliver had a lot to say about food being wasted in America, devoting a 17-minute segment to the topic Sunday night on "Last Week Tonight."
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U.S. recycling stalls but Denver team tackles nightmare of mattresses 18.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
When a mattress wears out, the same features that favor horizontal comfort — big, tight, indestructible — lead to an environmental ...
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Spinning vinyl into art: Recycling records for novelties 15.7.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- These vinyl records give "remaster" a new meaning....
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Bird flu epidemic proves factory-farmed chickens have come home to roost 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The outbreak has required that farmers resort to fire-extinguisher foam to kill off infected flocks. Can commercial farms protect themselves, or is US chicken farming fundamentally unsustainable? The avian flu outbreak that has more than doubled egg prices across the country has also led to the death of more than 48 million birds in a dozen states, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Iowa, the hardest hit, has euthanized more than 31 million birds, including approximately 40% of the state’s 60 million laying hens, according to Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association. Turkey farmers in the state, while affected to a lesser degree, also have suffered. Minnesota, the leading turkey producer, has lost nearly 9 million ...
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It Took 350 Lighters and Three Years to Make This Photo 14.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
It took three years and 350 lighters to construct a single photo depicting the garbage on the shores of Hong ...
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Brush fire causes evacuations in Orange County 14.7.2015 LA Times: Top News
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The junk orchestra: making music out of a landfill 13.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

From Paraguay’s largest landfill, children in the Recycled Orchestra have inspired others across the world to create music from trash

“Music is the love of my life. Music has taught me so many things. It taught me to be a more disciplined person.” At 18 years old, Maria de Jesus Rios has already outlived the dreams of all but the biggest rock‘n’rollers. She has played alongside Metallica and Megadeth and in the great music halls of Europe, and she has done it all on a violin made out of rubbish.

A member of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra, Rios is confident and well-travelled. But before learning to play, she recalls the invisibility of a childhood spent amid the filth of Cateura, Asunción’s largest rubbish dump.

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4 Big Recycling Myths Tossed Out 13.7.2015 Mother Jones
America's recycling system is in crisis. That's the picture the Washington Post recently painted in a damning story on the state of recycling in the United States. First, the mixed-material "blue bins," designed to decrease the hassle of sorting, are contaminating the recycling coming into facilities—meaning recyclable materials end up getting chucked into landfills along with trash. Second, thanks to lighter packaging, dwindling demand for newsprint, and low oil prices, the commodity prices for recyclables have decreased—so China, which used to buy most of our recycled materials, no longer has incentive to do so. According to the Post, this means that recycling is no longer profitable for waste management companies, and municipalities are stretching to pick up the cost. So is the end of recycling drawing nigh? Not necessarily. The experts that I spoke to agreed that our system is broken—but for a slightly different set of reasons than those that the Post listed. And guess what? They think there's a way ...
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Start-up turns methane from manure into eco-friendly plastic 12.7.2015 LA Times: Business
What if you could pluck pollution out of the air - like the methane gas emitted from cow manure - and create plastics?
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Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Your Trash 6.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
In a world of on demand everything, consumers have next to no say as to how their garbage is handled. That could soon ...
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Spoiler Alert App Makes Donating Surplus Food As Easy As Tossing It In A Dumpster 6.7.2015 techCrunch
 Spoiler Alert is an app that wants to put itself out of business. That’s unlikely to happen considering the enormity of the problem—food waste—the startup is tackling. Its founders, recent MIT Sloan graduates Emily Malina and Ricky Ashenfelter, however, hope to keep tons of food out of landfills by making it quick and simple for companies to donate or sell surplus inventory. Read ...
Flying the friendly skies, fueled by trash 1.7.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
[...] it also gives the sprawling airline a way to cut its sizeable greenhouse gas emissions, should the federal government require it. “This agreement catapults United into a whole new level of commitment to the future of alternative fuels,” said Brett Hart, the airline’s executive vice president and corporate counsel. In return, Fulcrum gets another major partner to help the small company leap the infamous “valley of death” between product development and full-scale production. Cathay Pacific Airways invested an undisclosed sum in the company last year and signed a purchase agreement to buy 375 million gallons of Fulcrum’s fuel over 10 years. After honing its technology at a pilot plant in North Carolina, Fulcrum is about to break ground on its first commercial facility 20 miles east of Reno. The $200 million plant, backed by a $105 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will produce 10 million gallons of fuel each year and will be located, in Macias’ words, “just down the ...
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Crashed truck releases millions of bees on highway 30.6.2015 Boing Boing
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A trailer loaded with millions of bees in 400 hives overturned in Coeue D'Alene, Idaho on Sunday. Read the rest

What Does The Supreme Court’s Surprise Decision On Housing And Racism Mean For The Future? 30.6.2015 Think Progres

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold a key plank of civil rights law surprised most observers. But while the decision preserves one of the most important tools in the anti-discrimination utility belt, victory is still far off in the fight to desegregate America's housing market.

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MillerCoors stands up for itself in local pitches 30.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
MillerCoors is putting the spotlight on itself, rather than its beers, as the conglomerate aims to remind residents in certain markets about their hometown suds and local ...
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ByeBuy Offers Alternative To Gadget Ownership With On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Model 24.6.2015 techCrunch
 If there is one product category that is arguably crying out for a bit of so-called ‘collaborative consumption’ it’s the latest gadgets. If only to slow down the rate of landfill or save us from the time-consuming and painful process of ‘recycling’ last year’s tech purchases on eBay. Read ...
Blue bins are reason why American recycling is stalling 21.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Tucked in the woods 30 miles north of Washington is a plant packed with energy-guzzling machines that can make even an environmentalist's heart sing - giant conveyor belts, sorters and crushers saving a thousand tons of paper, plastic and other recyclables from reaching landfills each ...
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American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why 21.6.2015 Washington Post
Tucked in the woods 30 miles north of Washington is a plant packed with energy-guzzling machines that can make even an environmentalist’s heart sing — giant conveyor belts, sorters and crushers saving a thousand tons of paper, plastic and other recyclables from reaching landfills each day.Read full article ...
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