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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.

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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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Bill and Andrea Hayden: Thanks for making Hayden shine 19.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
We would like to personally thank the following organizations and persons, for without their help, the Hayden Clean-Up Day and Spring Fling could not have happened. • Waste Management, in collecting over 30 tons of waste and trash items, • Axis Steel, that took two semi loads of discarded metals to be recycled, • Bear River Co-op, for the recycled car battery drop off, • Bear Creek Veterinary, for the animal vaccinations and updates for the dogs and cats of this community, • GCR Tires of Steamboat, in recycling almost 200 tires that won’t be dumped in landfills, • The efforts of the town of Hayden town crew personnel, that helped in unloading the many streams of fully loaded pickups and leftover unneeded items, tree limbs and many other items, • The Hayden Police Department, that added to the festivity in providing hotdogs, • Coca-Cola of Hayden, for the soft drinks that were provided. My special thanks to Dana Haskins, of Hayden; without her efforts and others like her in this community, this special ...
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Kaiser to end its global warming emissions by 2025 17.5.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Kaiser Permanente on Tuesday will unveil an aggressive environmental plan that, by 2025, will slash the hospital system’s water use, recycle or compost all of its non-hazardous waste and eliminate or offset its greenhouse gas emissions. “Our aim with these new goals is to go beyond eliminating our own environmental impact to help restore, renew and revitalize our communities,” said Raymond Baxter, Kaiser’s senior vice president of community benefit, research and health policy, in a press release. In 2012, Kaiser vowed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020. The health care organization now says it should reach that level by 2017, so the new goals set a far more ambitious target.
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Duke Study Finds a "Legacy of Radioactivity," Contamination From Fracking Wastewater Spills 10.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused "widespread" contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study. Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards as a result of wastewater spills, the scientists found after testing near spills. Many cities and towns draw their drinking water from rivers and streams, though federal law generally requires drinking water to be treated before it reaches peoples' homes, and the scientists did not test tap water as part of their research.  High levels of lead -- the same heavy metal that infamously contaminated water in Flint, Michigan -- as well as the radioactive element radium, were discovered near spill sites. One substance, selenium, was found in the state's waters at levels as high ...
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Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up 10.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up
The broken gadget you thought you were recycling may not be headed where you think. The post Location Trackers Reveal Where Your E-Junk Really Ends Up appeared first on WIRED.
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Nation Briefs 6.5.2016 Durango Herald
NYC imposes 5-cent charge on plastic bagsNEW YORK – Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department estimates that 10 billion bags a year are...
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Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes 5.5.2016 Washington Post
Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes
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Detour and SFMOMA reinvent the audio tour 3.5.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
SFMOMA is the first museum partner for Detour, which employs indoor Wi-Fi positioning technology and a mobile app to move away from standard museum audio tours that require manually starting and stopping the recording or punching a number for each piece of art. [...] the Detour Platform, which the company publicly unveiled Tuesday, allowed the museum to create different types of tours catering to a wide gamut of patrons, from veteran art fans to those who can’t understand why a particular work should be considered art. Winesmith said he had looked for tour guide technology that would expand SFMOMA’s audience by reaching “people who are curious about the arts, but not super-versed.” According to descriptions provided by Detour, the tours will include: Comedians Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani conducting a tour for those who think modern art is “somewhere along the continuum between challenging and baffling,” asking a museum curator to explain “why did someone pull this out of a landfill and put it ...
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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.

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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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