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After removing the rotting whale carcass from beach, crews decontaminate sand 2.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After removing the estimated 60,000-pound carcass of a rotting whale from a San Clemente beach, crews then took on the task of decontaminating the sand below.

A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off...

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On his Santa Monica mountaintop, a billionaire envisions lofty thoughts on politics and culture 30.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Nicolas Berggruen scuffs along a dirt road overgrown with foxtails, high in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles basin falls at his feet.

The skyscrapers of downtown, the gantry cranes at the port and the peaks of Catalina are diminished by a vast panorama stretching from Saddleback Mountain...

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Global trash problem reaches crisis level 22.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary
As nations around the globe observe Earth Day, one of the most daunting issues facing the world is the mounting waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity. More than half the world's population does not have access...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Why we need to talk about food waste 22.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications. Food waste is the No. 1 item in landfills, which creates massive amounts of methane emissions from rotting foods. With 8 percent of Routt County residents living below the poverty line, all of the perfectly good food that goes to waste in landfills should be rerouted to families in need. In addition to the environmental and social impacts of food waste, there is also an economic impact of throwing away food. All the water used to grow it, fuel used to transport it, and other resources that go into food production go straight into the landfills and not to hungry people. No one wants to waste food, yet every day, businesses, restaurants, schools and homes toss ...
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What Can A Strawberry Teach Americans About Food Waste? A Lot, Groups Hope 21.4.2016 Think Progres

A new campaign shows the life of a strawberry throughout the entire supply chain, from field to supermarket and, ultimately, to the trash.

The post What Can A Strawberry Teach Americans About Food Waste? A Lot, Groups Hope appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Climate crisis requires mobilization at World War II level 21.4.2016 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 24,960 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  Pacificshift writes— Out of time on Planet Earth - Climate "World War II" needed : “We are out of time on Planet Earth. In the three months since the  Paris climate summit  declared a 1.5° C maximum global warming target to significantly reduce climate disruption dangers, rapidly escalating world temperatures came within a hair’s breadth.   The average for the January-March timeframe was 1.47°C above the 1890s, the baseline before mass fossil fuel burning began to significantly heat the planet, the  Japan Meteorological Agency  reported.  For the first time in the historical record the planet ...
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Landfill hikes fees for tires, refrigerators 20.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Dumping tires and refrigerators at the financially strapped Salt Lake Valley Landfill is going to get more expensive. Up until now, people could discard up to four tires at the Salt Lake County-owned landfill as part of the $10 tipping fee. The same fee applied to loads containing refrigerators. But to cover some of the costs the county incurs in dealing with those forms of waste, the County Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to increase fees by $2 a tire and $12 a fridge. “It’s not really a ...
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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Climbed For the Second Straight Year 19.4.2016 Think Progres

The report is a mixed collection of some good news topped by worrisome trends in human-caused emissions causing climate change.

The post U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Climbed For the Second Straight Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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14 years after Jahi Turner disappeared in San Diego, police make an arrest 19.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It has been 14 years since Jahi Turner was last seen.

In the days that followed the 2-year-old's disappearance, scores of volunteers scoured neighborhoods around Balboa Park. Bulldozers moved thousands of tons of trash at a landfill, looking for clues that could give investigators, and the boy's...

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EPA set to begin cleanup of creek that served as Navy dump 18.4.2016 AP Washington
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Environmental officials are set to clean up a Washington stream after it spent decades as a U.S. Navy dumping ground....
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Lawsuit: Seattle compost ordinance is rotten 16.4.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle ordinance that bars people from throwing their coffee grounds, pizza scraps and other potential compost into their trash cans is being challenged by critics who say the liberal city is turning garbage collectors into trash investigators....
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Apple Strikes Gold in Old iPhones 15.4.2016 Inc
The tech company says that it recycled nearly $40 million worth of the previous metal last year from old phones and computers.
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Seattle 'trash cops' pit environmental concerns against invasion-of-privacy issues 15.4.2016 LA Times: Nation

Even in this eco-friendly city, efforts to police recycling by sifting through resident's garbage and slapping emerald-green warning sticker on offending trash bins is drawing protests.

A group of residents who sued to prevent the city's so-called trash cops from peering into waste bins contends...

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GOP States Have Found A New Way To Shame Women For Getting An Abortion 13.4.2016 Think Progres

In some cases, this would mean a woman who took an abortion pill a couple months into a pregnancy would be asked if she wanted a quarter-sized blot clot to be formally buried. She would then get a death certificate.

The post GOP States Have Found A New Way To Shame Women For Getting An Abortion appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on green news & views: China proposes $50 trillion in renewables; toxic coal ash 7.4.2016 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 24,850 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  NBBooks writes— China proposes $50 trillion global renewable energy plan : “State Grid Corporation of China, which run’s China's electric power grid, has announced it has signed memorandums of understanding with Russian energy grid company Rosseti, Electric Power Co. of South Korea, and SoftBank Group of Japan, to begin moving forward with State Grid’s proposed $50 trillion global electricity network based entirely on renewable energy sources.The Wall Street Journal   reported on March 30  that State Grid chairman Liu Zhenya outlined the $50 trillion plan to create a world grid that would ...
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In Portugal, white storks 'addicted' to junk food don't bother to migrate 7.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The white stork is famous for its long-distance migration — at least it used to be. These days, more and more of the birds in Spain and Portugal choose to hang out by landfills year-round in search of a cheap meal.

In the past, during the warm months between March and September, the birds would...

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St. Louis' West Lake Landfill: A Runaway, Ticking, Nuclear Time Bomb That Has Residents Terrified 4.4.2016 Truthout.com
EnviroNews Editors' Note: The following news piece represents the third in a 15-part mini-series titled, Nuclear Power in Our World Today, featuring nuclear authority, engineer and whistleblower Arnie Gundersen. The EnviroNews USA special encompasses a wide span of topics, ranging from Manhattan-era madness to the continuously-unfolding crisis on the ground at Fukushima Daiichi in eastern Japan. TRANSCRIPT: Excerpt From Public Meeting on West Lake Landfill: Dawn Chapman: The federal government is [the] responsible party on paper for what happens at West Lake Landfill. Crowd Member #1: And Exelon. Dawn Chapman: And Exelon will write the check for [inaudible] is our understanding. Crowd Member #2: What about Mallinckrodt? Chapman: Mallinckrodt when they entered into a contract with the DOE, the DOE took away all… Mallinckrodt signed away their ability to be charged in just about anything. They have immunity. Josh Cunnings (Narrator): Thank you for tuning in to the EnviroNews USA news desk. I'm your host ...
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Op-ed: Coal power isn't 'cheap electricity,' and its time has passed 3.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
I drive an electric car. I sort and recycle half a ton each year to keep my refuse out of the county landfill. Any day, a study funded by Koch Industries will find I am responsible for the ruination of the American dream. I work in civil-service which, much to the chagrin of ALEC and Grover Norquist, is ubiquitous throughout the United States. I’m a piece in the cog of big intrusive government (the bane of personal accountability and freedom). My tax rate is higher than U.S. Rep Darrell Issa, wh...
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And the West is History 2.4.2016 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Durango smelter men are jubilant. A decision was reached by the company to increase their wages 15 cents a day, thereby making them the highest paid smelter employees in the state. The lowest wage paid at the local plant is $2.25 and the highest is $5.65.”
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Crews safely detonate Civil War-era land mine in Arkansas 1.4.2016 AP National
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Crews have safely detonated a Civil War-era land mine that prompted the evacuation of about 20 homes in Arkansas....
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