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With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, scientists today described development and successful laboratory testing of a new “biorefinery” intended to change food waste into a key ingredient for making plastics, laundry detergents and...
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by Jennifer Dalcour from greenerideal.com Metal is extracted from the soil. It is then refined, processed, and transported to various manufacturers where it will undergo further procedures to become products. However, these processes do a lot of damage to the environment. To offset the damages, we ...
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Environmental activists are celebrating as the sports world seems to be more comfortable with embracing environmental stewardship not only as a business necessity, but also as a way to engage fans. This Olympics, in particular, has been particularly environmentally friendly. The London Olympic Game...
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by Amy Marpman There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get people motivated. Corporations can take a lesson from college campuses, where a growing number of challenges like Recyclemania are successfully getting students to compete to conserve and reduce waste. As my colleague Sandra ...
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With the approval of the National Plan on Solid Waste (PNRS) in 2010, Brazil expects municipalities to raise awareness about the importance of separating trash at home. The National Plan on Solid Waste requires municipalities to take measures to ensure environmentally-friendly disposal of waste by 2...
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by Daniel Goleman On a visit to India a while back I came upon a fenced empty field that was practically buried in flimsy white throwaway plastic bags, the kind you carry your purchases home in from the store. The locals joked that this was “the garden where plastic bags grew.” But when I return...
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For regions with adequate space and little recycling infrastructure, disposing of bottles in landfill generates a lower carbon footprint than recycling or incineration...It is claimed the practice of shipping PET bottles to China for recycling is an ecological nonsense. Not true, says our study &nb...
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E-readers are everywhere, even at my local library. But what about the trees? You told us about reading the newspaper online vs. getting the print edition, so now tell us about e-books. Does reading on my Kindle represent a win for the environment? Environmental analysis can be an endless balancing...
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A brief piece that shows a comparison between recycling during World War II and today. War is generally defined as an armed conflict between two nations, implying some measurable geographic set of boundaries. The United States has indeed been in many such wars in the last century - from World War I...
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If you want to recycle EVERYTHING you possibly can, this post is for you. Recycle Ok, I am an environmental engineer (well, sort of). I would be an environmental engineer by now if I hadn’t came to Wageningen to get a Masters degree, or if the Portuguese were like normal people and didn’t have 5 y...
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Being green is not something you only do at home or at school, but EVERYWHERE! On Saturday March 28, the softball team played proud and hard in the Westminster Tournament. After a long day, during their snack time, the girls had Gatorade bottles and orange peels left over. Practicing being Green A...
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The American public suddenly has woken up. Who can blame us? Compared to other countries we never really had to deal with high energy prices. Our society believes in securing an easy and good life with luxuries unfathomable in other parts of the world. We take for granted our big cars and trucks, h...
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