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An Open Letter to Producers, Consumers and Legislators

Abi Fedorovsky | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Abi Fedorovsky

We have the power to change the system. It might seem like individuals cannot change something so big, but so many significant events in history have been started by the small actions of people.

As An Underground Fire Smolders Near Radioactive Waste, EPA Dismisses Concerns

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.21.2015 | Green

A St. Louis-area community is on edge as a 5-year-old fire burning underneath a landfill threatens to interact with nearby nuclear waste, with potenti...

America Is Throwing Out Way More Garbage Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Science

If you worry that Americans produce too much garbage, you won’t get much reassurance from a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change...

This Is What Pollution Looks Like In Your World

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green

We hear about pollution constantly, causing health problems, killing wildlife and harming ecosystems. But what does it look like up close, in our citi...

Republic Nuclear Dump Fire Threatens Investors, Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Since 2010, a landfill fire has been moving toward 8,700 tons of unlined illegally dumped radioactive waste in Bridgeton, Missouri. The site is in the middle of working-class neighborhoods, right next to the Saint Louis airport, and near a hospital, schools and a great number of businesses.

Trashed: A Documentary by Jeremy Irons and Candida Brady That City Hall Should Watch

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Anyone interested in the health of New York City (and the planet) should watch Trashed, a fantastic documentary directed by Candida Brady and produced, presented and narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Does Anyone Think About Trash?

Nicholas E. Johnson | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Nicholas E. Johnson

Where does my trash go? This was the question that stuck in my mind and refused to go away. This is the question that I began to ask and began to search for an answer. My investigation began.

Walking in Another's Shoes: Paul Quinn College, Food Deserts and an Alternative Spring Break

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

For those who follow Black colleges and the happenings at these institutions, you are probably familiar with Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. This...

Sex and the City Sewer

OnEarth | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarth We spent our first Valentine's Day together at a Michelin-starred restaurant on one of New York City's trendiest streets. ...

PHOTOS: The Staten Island Boat Graveyard

Untapped Cities | Posted 06.03.2012 | Travel
Untapped Cities

Perhaps you've heard of an elephant graveyard, but what about a boat graveyard? Does such a thing exist? Turns out it does, and New York City has one.

Thrift Shops Keep Clothes In Circulation And Out of Municipal Waste

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

In a rush to get organized, you may have tossed some old clothes in the garbage, only for them to end up in landfill. Had those threads been given to a thrift shop or charity, someone else might be wearing them now, or they could have been turned into other, useful products.

Unfair Trade Policy: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cynthia Dill | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

What do you get when you mix bad trade policy, unregulated multinational corporations, economic insecurity and a hard-working Maine community desperate for jobs?

How to Love Mother Earth on Valentine's Day

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Monogamy seems greener than the alternative -- think of all that rubber saved from the landfill. If you're not there yet, buy contraceptives from a company that offsets its carbon footprint.

2011: The Year We Conquer E-Waste!

Dar Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dar Williams

As journalists and scientists risked their lives to expose e-waste atrocities, coalitions formed to create consumer information and policy language to address the global problem of electronic trash.

25th Anniversary of Westway

Gene Russianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gene Russianoff

In New York City's long tradition of fighting City Hall, one of the most spectacular examples happened a quarter century ago this week.

Algae Could Be the Key to Ultra-Thin Biodegradable Batteries

Inhabitat | Ariel Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Algae is often touted as the next big thing in biofuels, but the slimy stuff could also be the key to paper-thin biodegradable batteries according to ...

8 Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Celebration

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 10.07.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, 5 million extra tons of trash are created each week. It's easy to reduce your contribution to all that waste by greening your Thanksgiving.

Five Items You Should Always Recycle

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Recycling is one of the easiest steps you can take toward living green--but some recycling matters more than others.

Life Cycle: Styrofoam: Mark of the Plastic Beast

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the life and death of everyday things. Your Styrofoam lunch container of Mooshu pork is labeled with...

Who Decides When to Potty Train: You, Baby or Big Diapers?

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

How did we, in just one generation, go from believing that an 18-monther was ready for the potty to feeling like we needed to let them discover their own way for an additional year and a half?

How To Choose a Modern Diaper: Fitteds, Flushables, Fleece or... Plastic

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

When preparing for the birth of my first daughter, I had high ideals for how I was going to save those 4.5 trees and 2 tons of garbage.

Trash Talk

Zem Joaquin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Zem Joaquin

Almost every environmentalist agrees that we need a paradigm shift that acknowledges that nature doesn't have an "away," that everything created in nature is incorporated back in.

Wall-E Park To Be Built In New York

New York Magazine | Robert Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On giant piles of trash left by a generation of New Yorkers, landscape architect James Corner is building a park that has the power to change the way ...

Green Gripes: Dirty Diaper Dilemmas

Gay Browne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gay Browne

From our vantage point the choice between cloth and disposable diapers doesn't feel like much of a choice at all. But the facts on disposables will turn your stomach faster than the scent of a freshly filled Huggie.