Waste

Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care

Roughly 4,000 troops helped clean up the atoll between 1977 and 1980. Like Mr. Snider, most did not even wear shirts, let alone respirators. Hundreds say they are now plagued by health problems, including brittle bones, cancer and birth defects in their children. Many are already dead. Others are too sick to work… The military says […]

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New EPA Report Finds Fracking Can Affect Drinking Water

WASHINGTON ― Fracking-related activities “can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances,” according to the final version of an Environmental Protection Agency report released Tuesday… The report strikes a controversial line from its June 2015 draft version, which said that although there were “specific instances” where the integrity of fracked wells or the handling of wastewater affected […]

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Sweden’s Recycling Is So Revolutionary, The Country Has Run Out Of Rubbish

Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011… We can only dream of such an effective system in the UK, […]

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France Is Doing Something Amazing With Its Food

France has little tolerance for trashing perfectly edible food, and its firm stance is paying off. .. The European country has become a world leader in minimizing food waste, according to a new report on global food sustainability… In February, for example, France declared it illegal for its supermarkets to throw out food that’s nearing […]

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Tracking System Could Cut Billions Of Dollars In Food Waste

The goal is to to channel more food to the roughly 800 million people who are undernourished globally.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tracking-system-could-cut-billions-of-dollars-in-food-waste_us_575592c2e4b0ed593f14ee19

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Feeding poor kids healthy food

Caitlin Daniel at the NY Times looked at the less obvious problems of feeding poor children a healthy diet:
Describing her grocery-shopping routine, a poor mother from South Boston with a 3-year-old son quickly highlighted waste: “I get my food stamps on the 5th and I try to make them last for a month, but that’s […]

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Reducing food waste

Grist reports on Davos:
People are spectacularly good at throwing things away — recyclables, dreams, reputations (lookin’ at you, Ben Carson) all come to mind. And then there’s the mother of all landfill fillers: food. Up to 40 percent of food in the U.S., for example, is wasted. But Thursday sounded a new rallying cry: Two […]

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Goats recycle Christmas trees

CNN reports:
Wedged between train tracks in an industrial corner of San Francisco, a herd of goats is dining on piles of old Christmas trees.
They aren’t picky about the type — fir, pine or spruce — but the newest tree is automatically deemed the most delicious, and anything sprayed with flame retardant is shunned.

The goats belong […]

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Whales mistake garbage for food

Awesome Ocean posts on a whale tragedy:
On Taichung Wuchi Beach in Taiwan a juvenile short-finned pilot whale that had been lovingly called “Little Wuzi” became stranded and was rescued.  Sadly a few days after the rescue, Little Wuzi passed away.
Shortly after the death a necropsy was performed on the whale to determine the cause of death, […]

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Letters from the Future

Predicting what comes next isn’t a skill that humans are particularly good at. Yet, being able to cognizantly look to the future and remember the past simultaneously is a trait that differentiates us from the rest of life on Earth. As the world responds to the agreement that emerged from December’s Paris climate talks, the […]

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How food waste affects wildlife

 
New research indicates that the food discarded in landfills and at sea is having a profound effect on wildlife populations and fisheries. But removing that food waste creates its own ecological challenges. 
by richard conniff
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/unnatural_balance_how_food_waste_impacts_worlds_wildlife/2945/#.Vo3MazVsbl0.facebook
The world wastes more than $750 billion worth of food every year — 1.6 billion tons of food left in farm fields, sent to […]

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Unattractive fruit finds appreciation

The NYTimes reports:
EMERYVILLE, Calif. — The eggplants are crooked and a little long-necked, contorted enough that they would probably lose in a beauty pageant against rounder or more symmetrical aubergines.
In the field where they were grown or in the supermarkets for which they were once destined, they would presumably have been discarded. Not because they […]

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A Green Neighborhood Watch Targets Polluters in Low-Income Communities

A high-tech program that lets residents of low-income communities in California upload photos, videos, and other information catching polluters in the act should be expanded across the state, according to a new report.
IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) is an environmental neighborhood watch program bringing together local, state, and federal authorities with environmental justice advocates to […]

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Reuse materials to reduce waste

Environmental News Service reports:
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 12, 2015 (ENS) – The newly formed National Materials Marketplace brings together more than 20 major companies with operations in the United States to avoid waste by making use of undervalued materials.
Led by the Corporate Eco Forum, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Business […]

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Recycling stumbles on changes in waste

As consumers buy different products and packaging changes, the waste being recycled isn’t what it used to be. The Washington Post story is here:
Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to […]

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France makes food waste illegal

According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” huge amounts of energy resources, land, and fresh water are consumed in the United States in producing vegetables and other foods that end up uneaten and a rotting in […]

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – The Virtual Wall (TM)

Thanks to Kathleen Pagan for sharing this site listing details of our Vietnam War casualties:

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

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The USGS Is Mapping Human-Caused Earthquake Hazards

Just days after Oklahoma’s government embraced the idea that human actions could, in fact, cause earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report outlining how they could potentially map people-induced earthquake hazards.
‘Induced’ or ‘potentially induced’ earthquakes (the terms are used interchangeably in the report) are earthquakes caused by human activities–typically the injection of […]

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Adidas Wants To Make Shoes And Clothing Using Plastic Garbage From The Ocean

In an effort to bolster its commitment to sustainability, Adidas announced on Monday that it would begin developing materials out of plastic ocean waste to ultimately use in its products.
In a press release, the iconic clothing corporation said it’s teaming up with the Parley for the Oceans, a group of artists, scientists, musicians, and designers […]

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Future Food 2050

A series of articles on various aspects of the relationship between food and agriculture on Future Food 2050:
Walmart targets climate-smart suppliers
The world’s largest grocer is exerting its influence on food companies to reduce their environmental impacts, says Walmart sustainability executive Kathleen McLaughlin. Kathleen McLaughlin When an Iowa corn and soy farmer named Tim Richter took […]

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