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Aspen’s new law requires contractors to keep quiet 8.2.2016 Durango Herald
ASPEN – The Aspen City Council has approved a new law that will require construction contractors to keep the noise down in the summertime as part of an effort to get people to spend more time outdoors in warmer months.The measure could require builders to put up sound-blocking walls.Trish Aragon, Aspen’s city...
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Aspen wants construction contractors to keep noise down 8.2.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The Aspen City Council has approved a new law that will require construction contractors to keep the noise down in the summertime as part of an effort to get people ...
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Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid 7.2.2016 AP Business
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid....
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Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer 7.2.2016 AP Business
EDEN, N.C. (AP) -- Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history....
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Hey, Drain Buster - try your skill at waste disposal. 3.2.2016 Earth Times
More important than food, if you are not starving; more important than children, if you are currently without; the sustainability of civilisation from the ancients to the International Space Station, is connected to waste and recycling, whether it is water or solid obstructions. Here is a compendium of current problems caused by yours truly in his or her own home.
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Study finds Aspen residents produce more trash than average 28.1.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Aspen officials say residents in the Colorado ski resort town and the surrounding area produce twice as much trash as the average ...
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Denver to expand its composting program in 2016 28.1.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver is expanding its composting program in 2016 thanks to an expanded budget with the hope of easing the burden on the city's ...
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Whales' bodies removed from Lincolnshire coast – video 28.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Three whales are removed from the Lincolnshire coast. Two died after becoming beached at Gibraltar Point and another in nearby Skegness. The operation to remove the 30-tonne animals took five and half hours. The whales were positioned onto three low-loaders before being taken away. They will be buried in a landfill site in Sheffield

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You won't be able to buy bottled water anymore at these California ski resorts 26.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows think you should be drinking mountain-fresh water from the tap when you're on the slopes. So they're ditching bottles and installing taps where you can fill up instead.

The Lake Tahoe-area sister resorts say they're the first in the U.S. ski world to get rid of single-use...

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Throwing This Out Here: Plastic Bags Are Amazing and You Should Appreciate Them More 26.1.2016 Wired Top Stories
Plastic shopping bags are remarkable feats of engineering, and consumers have taken them for granted this whole ...
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The environmental consequences of cheap oil 25.1.2016 Daily Kos
The economic effects of plunging oil prices is a bad news/good news story. The bad news is that world stocks are taking a beating, especially those of energy companies, with crude oil selling for less than $30 a barrel. The good news is that gas is cheaper at the pump: The national average for a gallon of gas in the U.S. is below $2 a gallon for the first time since 2009, and USA Today quoted Wall Street analysts predicting gas heading toward $1 a gallon. People can afford to fill up the tank and hit the road. But be careful what you wish for. Cheaper oil has environmental ramifications, too. It means fewer fuel-efficient vehicles on the road and less plastic recycling, as it’s less expensive to make products such as shopping bags from new plastic than it is to re-use recycled plastic. After a long period of slow sales, sport utility vehicles and other gas hogs are selling big again. According to a story on TheDetroitBureau.com, vehicle sales are shifting from passenger cars to pickups, vans, and utility ...
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3 Dirty Markets That Produce Big Time Dollars 23.1.2016 Inc
"It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it." You've probably heard this now-famous clich stated by many different people over the course of your lifetime in a variety of situations, though its origins trace back to ...
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Birds stop migrating as rubbish dumps provide winter feeding grounds 23.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

For some birds, feeding at waste sites seems preferable to long migrations to warmer climates, but researchers warn of risks to ecosystems and health

It ranks as one of the more uncomfortable impacts that humans have on wildlife. Massive rubbish dumps and sprawling landfills have led some birds to give up on migration. Instead of flying thousands of miles in search of food, they make the waste sites their winter feeding grounds.

Researchers in Germany used miniature GPS tags to track the migrations of 70 white storks from different sites across Europe and Asia during the first five months of their lives. While many birds travelled along well-known routes to warmer climates, others stopped short and spent the winter on landfills, feeding on food waste, and the multitudes of insects that thrive on the dumps.

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A Maine startup is developing a bandage for children using lobster shells 21.1.2016 Boston Globe: Maine
A Maine startup is developing a bandage for children using lobster shells
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Civil Rights Probe Examines Coal Ash Impact on Poor and Communities of Color 20.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Too often toxic coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power, ends up in poor, minority communities. U.S. civil rights officials are launching a deeper look at federal environmental policy to find out why.  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a hearing this Friday, January 22, on environmental justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. The focus is the impact of coal ash, a toxic waste product of burning coal that often contains harmful metals such as lead, mercury, chromium and cadmium.  Depending on exposure, such contaminants can cause cancer and harm most human organs, and kill or sicken wildlife. Coal ash is the second largest source of industrial waste in the country, after mining, according to a joint report from the nonprofit environment law organization, Earthjustice, and the Physicians for Social Responsibility. The Commission intends "to shine a light on the civil rights implications of toxic coal ash, as well as other environmental conditions, on communities most in need of ...
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The new generation of Buenos Aires trash pickers reenergizing recycling in the capital 20.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

The cartoneros of Buenos Aires are finally cashing in on the city’s newfound love of recycling. But the Argentinian capital still has a long way to go

Cecilia works a five-block strip along Calle Paraguay in Palermo, a hip district in downtown Buenos Aires. Opening a flap door at the bottom of a lime-green bin the size of an industrial fridge, her gloved hands reach in to fish out the contents inside. Plastic bottles, discarded cardboard, newspapers, a discarded cheque book and a set of bookends: all the items disappear into a large, heavy plastic sack that she ties up and leaves by the roadside.

“After we’ve finished, a truck from the cooperative comes and picks up the sacks and takes them back to the plant for sorting,” says the 34-year-old, who has been in the job for three years after a long stint of unemployment.

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“Ice Castles,” a frozen playground in New Hampshire, will reopen Friday 19.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
“Ice Castles,” a frozen playground in New Hampshire, will reopen Friday
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Feds enlist religious groups to fight food waste 18.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The EPA on Monday launched an initiative to engage religious groups of all faiths to help redirect the food that ends up in landfills to hungry mouths.
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ERROR: Missing Story Title 16.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
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With little NFL hope left, Carson looks to commercial prospects for its stadium site 14.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After losing out to Inglewood in their bid to get an NFL team, Carson officials expressed confidence Wednesday that leading developers would still be drawn to the vast empty acreage on top of an old landfill they hoped would host a stadium.

The 157-acre space abutting the 405 Freeway has been touted...

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