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State's toxic releases post 50% gain, EPA says 31.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
The amount of toxic chemicals released in California jumped 50% in 2013 over the year before because of a surge in disposal by the state's largest polluter, a hazardous-waste landfill in Kern County, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging 30.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The majority of food packaging is ending up in landfills, or on the street as litter, where it may eventually get swept into the ocean.
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Plastic Age: How it's reshaping rocks, oceans and life 29.1.2015 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy – but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene (full text available to ...
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Citizens Refuse to See India's Garden City Reduced to Waste 27.1.2015 Global Voices
Rather than trash the authorities' handling of Bangalore's garbage problem, residents are finding innovative ways in which to deal with the massive amounts of waste generated by the city.
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Spotlight on green news & views: Senate plays kabuki on Keystone XL, hottest year arguments, spills 25.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See Missys Brother's post . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,680 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Insight into energy policy (& a wish) —by HannahMiller: "About 80 percent of energy regulation goes on at the state level, estimates Jeff Lyng, senior policy analyst at the Center for the New Energy Economy in Denver. But until last year, finding out exactly what states were doing was incredibly labor intensive: One had to go to each individual state government website separately. Last year, however, the center unveiled the ...
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Unhappy home pollutiion is rife. 23.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How clean is your home? Rephrase that now and ask yourself how polluted it is, compared to the fresh air, if your neighbourhood has any. You may be hygienic too, which is another kettle of fish (smelly that is). Whatever your situation, we all become complacent. It is not only the drains, polluted with too much detergent. Your own life, that of children and that of older and sick people is endangered by what you do. Awareness is a very simple science, pure and logical, but we must keep up. New products often turn out to be unexpectedly dangerous, even to the manufacturer. The testing now is rigorous, but simpler science is best.
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Containing Detroit’s housing blight 21.1.2015 Durango Herald
DETROIT – An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric...
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The Leading Cause of Death in Developing Countries Might Surprise You 21.1.2015 Global Voices
Is it malnutrition and undernutrition? Malaria? Nope. It’s time to pay attention to a startling stealth killer in developing countries around the world.
Life amid the trash of a Rio dump 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Rio de Janeiro’s Gramacho waste tip – the setting for new film Trash – is a toxic, dangerous home to 5,000 people. Three rubbish-pickers explain how they scrape a living there

A vortex of black vultures announces the approach of what was once one of the biggest landfills in Latin America: the Gramacho dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Soon after appear the first shacks that form the shanty town of Esqueleto (Skeleton), a community of about 5,000 catadores (rubbish pickers) who live in the shadow of the dump and survive on consumer cast-offs.

The vast wasteland neighbourhood is an unforgettable sight, particularly when the wind whips up a dust devil that twists more than 20 metres high then dies seconds later, leaving a blizzard of black, blue and white shreds of plastic dancing in the sky.

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Challenges of being green: Recycling in Routt County isn’t as easy and free as some might think 18.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
It is hard being green in Routt County, where recyclables are transported long distances and shards of glass devalue the sorted materials. Local recycling leaders are taking a close look at the current program, and they have said changes are needed. “I would say it’s certainly a work in progress,” Routt County Director of Environmental Health Mike Zopf said. “The economics of recycling in rural Colorado … is a problem.” 50 tons of recyclables at Milner Landfill 100 tons of recyclables at Ace’s High Services 200 tons of recyclables at Twin Enviro Services 3,300 tons of recyclables at Waste Management Projections for 2015 24,853 population of Routt County 5,894 tons of recyclables at 45 percent diversion rate Projections for 2025 30,894 population of Routt County 8,182 tons of recyclables at 45 percent diversion rate — LBA Associates Routt County Recycling Study Emilie Rogers, administrator for Yampa Valley Recycles, knows those recycling program challenges well. “I would say there is definitely room for ...
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New rules on methane emissions take aim at a major pollutant 18.1.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE WHITE HOUSE kicked off a new effort to cut back on greenhouse gases Wednesday, announcing new rules on methane, a potent warming agent that shows up in coal mines, drilling sites and landfills. The oil and natural gas industry reacted fiercely to proposed requirements on drillers. Environmentalists charged that the Obama administration hadn’t gone far enough. In fact, the rules aren’t perfect — but they are welcome. Read full article ...
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Finding truth and light (and maybe something else) in the attic 17.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Don't you hate it when you're in a perfectly lousy mood and something good comes along to completely ruin it?
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Man looking for wallet in Northern California trash bin scooped up by garbage truck, survives 17.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Plastic Waste Documentary Brings China's Environmental Crisis Home for Viewers 15.1.2015 Global Voices
Chinese have expressed their shock and anger at the lax regulations on plastic waste exposed in "Plastics Kingdom".
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Reducing methane is a wise short-term win 15.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
For too long, carbon dioxide has dominated the discussion of greenhouse gases; for the most part, it has been the discussion. That gas, emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, is, after all, the biggie in terms of volume. But this single-minded approach has meant that the so-called...
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L.A. Basin methane emissions found up to 61% higher than estimates 14.1.2015 LA Times: Science
A new study that used a mountaintop sensor to measure air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin found emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are up to 61% higher than government estimates.
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There's a lot more methane in LA's atmosphere than we thought 14.1.2015 Boing Boing
Megacities observing system for Los Angeles . In-situ sensors located around the LA basin provide continuous, high accuracy measurements of greenhouse gas (GHG) mixing ratios of CO2, CH4, and CO. A remote-sensing instrument on Mt. Wilson provides multiple scans per day of the basin to measure slant-column mixing ratios. Another remote-sensing instrument at Caltech provides continuous daytime measurements of column mixing ratios. Aircraft and mobile laboratories provide infrequent but intensive measurements of mixing ratios. Satellites are beginning to provide remote-sensing measurements of LA. Other instruments (not shown) measure winds and boundary layer height. Los Angeles' annual emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, are 18 to 61 percent higher than common estimates. Read the ...
A Startup Just Got $30 Million to Shake Up the Garbage Industry 13.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
Rubicon Global says the trash industry should make money by keeping junk out of landfills, not the other way ...
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And the West is History 13.1.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Mrs. C. A. Daggett, of Fifth Avenue, is reported to be very sick with tonsillitis.”75 years ago: “Dr. and Mrs. BJ Ochsner were hosts at a delightful party when they entertained at one of the most original and enjoyable of recent affairs. Guests were bidden for 6:30 buffet-supper and arrived to find...
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And the West is History 13.1.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Mrs. C. A. Daggett, of Fifth Avenue, is reported to be very sick with tonsillitis.”75 years ago: “Dr. and Mrs. BJ Ochsner were hosts at a delightful party when they entertained at one of the most original and enjoyable of recent affairs. Guests were bidden for 6:30 buffet-supper and arrived to find...
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