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Earth Day 2017: You can help the planet by doing this one little thing 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Just do your best to cut down on the “single-use plastics” in your life.

That's a clunky term the experts use for all the disposable plastics that we use and discard every day, such as bags, water bottles, coffee cups and food containers. These plastics...

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How to be less of a jerk to the environment 22.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Earth Day is Saturday, so MPR News' digital team asked our environment reporters for some simple tips on how we can be better to the planet.
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Coyuchi launches a subscription and recycling service for its organic home textiles 20.4.2017 techCrunch
 An organic bed linen subscription and recycling service sounds like the ultimate hipster indulgence, but considering the massive amount of textiles that end up in landfills every year, it might actually have an impact. Coyuchi, which was one of the first companies to offer organic sheets when it was founded in 1991, launched Coyuchi For Life this week. Subscriptions start at $5 a month and… Read ...
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Stephen Colbert Bids Adieu To Papa Bear 20.4.2017 Crooks Liars
Colbert: O’Reilly may have been great, morally he was a “self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.” Well said. Source: USA Today Stephen Colbert's conservative news host character, Stephen Colbert, made a special return Wednesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to comment on the downfall of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly who was dropped by the cable news network amid revelations of multiple sexual harassment allegations. O'Reilly holds a special place in Colbert's heart. "Papa Bear," as Colbert often referred to him, was the inspiration for the comedian's absurdly arrogant and obnoxiously obstinate character on The Colbert ...
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The hot new trend in food is literal garbage 19.4.2017 Washington Post
The hot new trend in food is literal garbage
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Coal's other environmental problem: 100 million tons of coal ash per year 18.4.2017 Daily Kos
While carbon dioxide and other emissions generated when coal is burned certainly capture a good deal of press, especially with their direct relation to climate change, there’s another issue that’s generating mountain-sized disasters—literally. Coal ash, the hazardous byproduct of burning coal to produce power, is a particularly insidious legacy of the nation’s dependence on coal. Unlike the visible and heavily regulated airborne emissions from power plant smokestacks, coal ash is largely unseen unless there is a major spill and, until recently, far less effectively regulated. More than 100 million tons of coal ash is produced every year, one of the nation’s largest and most vexing streams of toxic waste. The hazardous dust and sludge — containing arsenic, mercury, lead and other heavy metals — fill more than a thousand landfills and bodies of water in nearly every state, threatening air, land, water and human health. More effective rules regulating the disposal of coal ash were finally put in place in ...
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Father Woody Programs at Regis University finds new way to help homeless 18.4.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
The students working for Father Woody Programs at Regis University have a new service project that both helps the homeless and is eco-friendly as they convert plastic bags into pillows and sleeping mats.
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Colorado clean-tech innovators draw investors — and a pledge of support from Sen. Michael Bennet 14.4.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
Big money swirled around clean technology entrepreneurs at a government-backed forum in Denver Thursday as investors look to capitalize on a shift away from fossil fuels energy linked to climate change.
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Hotel wants to keep beds, furniture out of the dumps 13.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
A hotel near the base area of Steamboat Ski Resort is updating its rooms, and the owners don't want anything to go to waste. “That’s our goal is to keep everything out of the landfills,” Ptarmigan Inn general manager Ben Frank said. The Ptarmigan, located at 2304 Après Ski Way, has been working closely with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council to find new homes for the beds, mini refrigerators, dressers, nightstands, framed pictures and other items that fill the 77 hotel rooms. The 26-inch televisions are being given away. Queen beds are $30, and the mini refrigerators are $25. “Certain items are much more popular than others,” Franko said. “Everybody wants a fridge for some cold beverages.” Anyone interested in taking home a piece of Ptarmigan history can stop by the hotel between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. They hope to have the items gone by Sunday. The hotel will then close for the off-season and reopen for Memorial Day with new furniture. In addition to selling items, the Ptarmigan has been working with ...
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This Utah garbage truck driver has the wheels -- and the skills -- to win 12.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Kearns • Rhonda Kitchen was born to drive a truck. The National Waste and Recycling Association recently recognized her abilities behind the wheel, making her the first woman to win its Driver of the Year award in the public sector. “It was in my blood before I was a twinkle in my daddy’s eye,” said Kitchen, laughing easily as she paused during a Monday morning recycling run in Kearns to answer questions about the award. She’s not joking. Her grandfather drove a garbage truck. Her uncle ran the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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This driver has the wheels -- and the skills -- to win 12.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Kearns • Rhonda Kitchen was born to drive a truck. The National Waste and Recycling Association recently recognized her abilities behind the wheel, making her the first woman to win its Driver of the Year award in the public sector. “It was in my blood before I was a twinkle in my daddy’s eye,” said Kitchen, laughing easily as she paused during a Monday morning recycling run in Kearns to answer questions about the award. She’s not joking. Her grandfather drove a garbage truck. Her uncle ran the ...
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Trump Wants to Decimate Superfund. Here's Why That Is Such a Terrible Idea. 6.4.2017 Mother Jones
When the White House unveiled its proposed budget for the upcoming year, environmentalists were outraged by the numbers. The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a steep 31 percent budget cut, and included in this were massive cuts to Superfund, a 37-year-old EPA program that cleans up and restores heavily polluted areas across the country. The proposal calls for reducing funding for the Superfund program from over $1 billion to just $762 million. Superfund was created through the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act in 1980 on the heels of the Love Canal disaster , when a massive landfill that was used as a municipal and chemical dumping ground caused countless environmental and health problems for an entire upstate New York community, including homes and a school. More than 1,700 sites have been added to the list since 1980, but as of 2013, only 370 had been cleaned up and removed from the list. The overwhelming majority continue to be in different stages of ...
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Crews tackle cleanup of trash, waste, needles around homeless shelter 1.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Health and safety crews spent three hours Friday morning clearing blankets, used needles and bottles filled with human waste from the blocks surrounding a downtown homeless shelter. “[It’s] stuff you would normally see in a landfill, frankly,” said Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp. “There’s just a lot of debris.” The department regularly schedules community cleanup days to clear “public health hazards” from makeshift homeless camps, including along the Jordan River and ...
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"It's a Cover-Up, Not a Clean-Up": Nuclear Waste Smolders in Sites Across the US 30.3.2017 Truthout.com
Hanford, in Washington State, the scene of the largest radioactive cleanup in the country. Cleanup of toxic waste at Hanford has passed the 20-year mark already, and is expected to continue for decades. (Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper) The Manhattan Project and the Cold War have left a legacy of toxic and radioactive waste at sites across the nation, requiring the largest environmental cleanup in US history. Now many experts fear that the federal government, which has always underestimated the problem, will prioritize increasing nuclear armament over tackling nuclear waste under the Trump administration. Hanford, in Washington State, the scene of the largest radioactive cleanup in the country. Cleanup of toxic waste at Hanford has passed the 20-year mark already, and is expected to continue for decades. (Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper) You can support the best in on-the-ground reporting, scientific analysis and thorough investigative journalism. Make a donation to Truthout ...
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Colorado Springs police shoot dog during arrest of father and son 30.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A father and son were arrested in Colorado Springs Wednesday and police shot the son's dog in the process.
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El Paso County authorities arrest seventh suspect in double murder of teens 30.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A seventh suspect has been arrested in the double homicide of teenagers in El Paso County.
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Search for missing Littleton woman in Commerce City landfill ends 30.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Authorities say they've concluded their four-month search of a Commerce City landfill for evidence of missing Littleton woman, Charlene Voight.
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Golden wants Rooney Road soccer fields to share space with solar garden, but needs voter OK first 29.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
The city of Golden wants to install a community solar garden at Rooney Road Sports Complex, but it will need to get permission first to borrow some sun from the soccer players who use the field.
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Down in jungleland: It’s a Big, Bad World 26.3.2017 Life-style – The Indian Express
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Judge: Dominion's coal ash pollutes Virginia water 24.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Richmond, Va. • Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia’s biggest utility stores coal ash and polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Though U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. found Dominion Virginia Power had violated federal law with the discharges from a dormant power plant in Chesapeake, he didn’t impose a civil penalty, saying he saw no evidence that the discharge was harmful. Nor did he order the utility to remove the ash from the water’s ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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