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Turning Trash Into Gas May Finally Be a Thing

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Sat, 07/23/2016 (All day)

At WasteExpo 2016, the annual conference of the National Waste & Recycling Association, some 600 exhibits fill three cavernous floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Gleaming garbage trucks are on display, along with scrap metal shredders, conveyor belt systems, and pumps for spritzing deodorizer onto fetid landfills. Video screens show trash being sorted or baled, compacted or pulverized, by machines that resemble oversize Tonka toys.

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Could a Home Ec Revival Help Slash Food Waste?

Published: 
Wed, 07/20/2016 (All day)

With 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually around the globe and losses occurring throughout the supply chain, there is no one cause of the problem. But Liz Goodwin, who until recently ran the British government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme, has pointed to solutions beyond ones like getting retailers to stop rejecting ugly vegetables and starting municipal compost programs.

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Sewage spill in L.A. grows to 2.4 million gallons, prompting bans on swimming in Seal Beach and Long Beach

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Wed, 07/20/2016 (All day)

A damaged sewage line spilled a total of about 2.4 million gallons of untreated waste into the Los Angeles River and has forced the closure of all beaches in Long Beach and Seal Beach, officials said Tuesday.

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Human-Caused Climate Change Gets Personal

Published: 
Wed, 07/20/2016 (All day)

Activists wanting to solve the crisis of human-caused climate change face a serious dilemma.  The threat appears neither close enough to get our sustained attention, nor distant enough to postpone doing something about it now. There’s a corollary problem: it’s too big a situation for my behavior to impact, but it is too critical to ignore.