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Plastic Bags Are Horrible. But They Sure Can Be Beautiful 26.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
Plastic Bags Are Horrible. But They Sure Can Be Beautiful
Vilde Rolfsen collects plastic sacks and transforms them into stunning mountains, canyons, and rivers. The post Plastic Bags Are Horrible. But They Sure Can Be Beautiful appeared first on WIRED.
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Planned Gas Pipeline Construction on East Coast Puts Climate at Risk: Report 25.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Nineteen now-pending pipeline projects, if constructed, would let enough natural gas flow out of the Appalachian basin to cause the entire US to blow through its climate pledges, ushering the world into more than 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, a newly released report by Oil Change International concludes. Even if the Environmental Protection Agency's recently-announced methane rules manage to slash leaks from new natural gas infrastructure as planned, building those pipelines would be catastrophic for the climate, the researchers warn. "All together, these 19 pending pipeline projects would enable 116 trillion cubic feet of additional gas production by 2050,"  the report , entitled A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine US Climate Goals, says. "The currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting US climate goals impossible, even if the [Obama] Administration's newly proposed methane rules are successful in reducing methane leakage ...
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Please don’t pollute the Potomac 23.7.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The coal-ash fight on the Potomac is far from over.
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Is The Country’s Largest Grocer Ready To Tackle Food Waste? 22.7.2016 Think Progres

A food waste activist is petitioning for Walmart to start selling ugly fruits and vegetables -- and it looks like the giant retailer is listening.

The post Is The Country’s Largest Grocer Ready To Tackle Food Waste? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Former Cleanup Workers Blame Illnesses on Toxic Coal Ash Exposures 21.7.2016 Truthout.com
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant looms above parkland today. The area was once coated by coal ash mounds measuring up to 60 feet tall. (Photo: Kristen Lombardi / Center for Public Integrity) It was April 28, 2014, five years after Craig Wilkinson's 12-month stint as a backhoe operator at a massive coal-ash spill in Tennessee. Wilkinson was desperate for answers. Bearing a list of metals -- arsenic, lead, mercury and others concentrated in coal ash -- he arrived at a clinic specializing in toxic exposures. Maybe someone there could tell him what was coursing through his body. Wilkinson, then 56, adopted a "weather-through-it" mentality on the job. But his body had betrayed him since he had signed on as a cleanup worker following a dike failure that unleashed a billion gallons of ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. His vision grew dull, his head dizzy. Within months, he experienced a cough so persistent that it left him gasping for breath. By 2012, he was diagnosed ...
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The Trump Files: The Time Donald Sued Someone Who Made Fun of Him for $500 Million 21.7.2016 Mother Jones
Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Donald Trump being Donald Trump, he more than once aspired to build the world's tallest skyscraper. In 1984, it looked like he might get his chance. That July, Trump told the media he was eyeing a soon-to-be-constructed section of landfill on the East River in Lower Manhattan as the site for a 150-story tower. "New York City deserves to have the tallest and greatest building in the world, and I would be very interested in doing it," he told the New York Times. Trump's proposed 1,940-foot combination office, apartment, and hotel building would smash the height record then held by the Sears Tower in Chicago by nearly 500 feet. Reactions were skeptical. The Associated Press reported that Paul Goldstein, the manager of the community board for the area where the tower would stand, literally giggled as he considered the ...
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San Diego moves to ban single-use plastic bags 21.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted to ban single-use plastic bags at large grocery stores, pharmacies and corner markets — becoming one of the last major cities in California to limit the disposable products.

“Citizens across the state have demonstrated the ability to transition to more...

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New EPA Rules Will Cut Landfills’ Methane Emissions By A Third 19.7.2016 Think Progres

Nearly 20 percent of emissions from the powerful greenhouse gas come from landfills.

The post New EPA Rules Will Cut Landfills’ Methane Emissions By A Third appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Wally, the whale that inspired in life and defied in death, is finally laid to rest 19.7.2016 Washington Post
Wally, the whale that inspired in life and defied in death, is finally laid to rest
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The US Throws Away as Much as Half Its Food Produce 14.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
The US Throws Away as Much as Half Its Food Produce
The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and vegetables means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry. The post The US Throws Away as Much as Half Its Food Produce appeared first on WIRED.
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In Honduras, Environmentalism Is A Deadly Occupation 12.7.2016 Think Progres

As deaths of Honduran environmental activists mount, so is the pressure for the country's right-wing government to step up protections.

The post In Honduras, Environmentalism Is A Deadly Occupation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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San Francisco enacts broad ban on foam cups, coolers, toys 10.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
SAN FRANCISCO • San Francisco, say goodbye to those squeaky, Styrofoam-like coffee cups that have long been a staple of picnic outings. In fact, people in San Francisco won’t be able to buy polystyrene foam coolers, kiddie pool toys or packing peanuts after supervisors approved a measure in June that goes far beyond the prohibition on foam food carryout containers in effect in dozens of cities and counties. Environmentalist are cheering San Francisco’s ban as the most comprehensive by a large U....
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San Francisco enacts broad ban on foam cups, coolers, toys 9.7.2016 AP Business
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco, say goodbye to those squeaky, Styrofoam-like coffee cups that have long been a staple of picnic outings....
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Communities uneasy as utilities look for places to store coal ash 5.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the EPA imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Two towns are pushing back against different ways of storing the ash.
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Talking Tech Trash: How To Improve Your E-cycling Program 5.7.2016 Inc
Every year we produce 3.2 million tons of e-waste. Sadly, more than 80 percent of this e-waste is sent to landfills. Find out how your company can make a difference.
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Denver nonprofit keeps food out of the trash and feeds the hungry 4.7.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
We Don't Waste, a Denver-based non-profit, collects excess food from restaurants, caterers, grocery stores and other venues and redistributes it to food banks to help feed the needy.
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Steamboat recycling business launches first-of-its-kind small market system 2.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
A recycling “Revolution” is underway in a tall metal building near the landfill west of Steamboat Springs where personnel at Twin Enviro Services are putting a first-of-its-kind sorting system for recyclables through its paces. When the Twin Enviro crew is trained to operate its new "Revolution" sorting machine at full speed, it will make recycling here more efficient both from an economical and an environmental standpoint. It will eliminate the need to send bales of unsorted single-stream recyclables to a material recycling center on the Front Range before they are trucked to the final customer. “If you go to the trouble to recycle properly, you want to know you’re doing some good for the environment,” Twin Enviro founder Les Liman said June 30. “We’ve learned that when you ship (recyclables) to Denver for sorting, one quarter of it goes to the dump.” That means a quarter of the carbon footprint generated by the shipment was wasted, because well-intentioned recycling customers place inappropriate items ...
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One In Five Children In Iraq Are In Serious Danger, Says UNICEF 1.7.2016 Think Progres

The humanitarian situation in Iraq is critical, and under the current circumstances, children are more likely to suffer than anyone else.

The post One In Five Children In Iraq Are In Serious Danger, Says UNICEF appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Just Five Common Foods Produce More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Nearly All Countries 29.6.2016 Think Progres

A new report from Oxfam America stresses that food producers must be a more vocal part of the climate solution.

The post Just Five Common Foods Produce More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Nearly All Countries appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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McConnell won't say Trump is qualified to be president, still wants him to shape Supreme Court 27.6.2016 Daily Kos
Is Donald Trump qualified to be president? For many of us, the answer is an easy “no,” possibly delivered with a shocked snicker. But maybe more telling is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answer: "Well, look, I think it's no question that he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they're beginning to right the ship. It's a long time until November. And the burden obviously will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job," McConnell said on ABC's "This Week." Pressed by ABC Chief Anchor  George Stephanopoulos  on whether he thinks Trump is qualified, McConnell replied, "I leave it up to the American people to decide." It’s another piece on the giant landfill of evidence of how terrible a candidate Trump is, but when it comes to McConnell, it’s … shocking. This is the guy who is holding open a Supreme Court seat for Trump to fill, and he can’t say for sure that Trump is qualified to be president. Wrap your mind around that one. There can be no argument that ...
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