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'Green News Report' - August 9, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.09.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's offici...

Big Wins at Rio+20's: A Platform, Partnerships and Business Opportunities to Stop Plastic Pollution

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

What do mushrooms, tires and soda bottles have in common? They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering the environment.

At Rio's Giant Trash Dump, Protecting People and Oceans Alike

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.17.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Around the dump, impoverished Brazilians live, work and play in the discards of consumerism. Toxic chemicals, fetid liquid, and a river of plastic trash all pollute the salt water around the mangroves, which eventually runs out to the sea.

At Rio+20, Just One Word...

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

About 80 percent of the pollution that ends up in our oceans is plastic, including sandwich bags that choke sea turtles and monofilament fishing line that ensnares sea lions and seals. All the plastic talk culminates next Thursday, at an all-day conference at Rio+20 called Plasticity.

A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20 and Beyond

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.09.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Humans have incredible technological skill and drive to produce and expand. This skill and drive, however, is not yet matched by a drive to collectively curtail the massive environmental damage we are wreaking on the Earth and the systems that keep us alive.

Elementary School Students Ask Crayola to Recycle Markers

Joe Mirabella | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Joe Mirabella

Sun Valley Elementary school students in San Rafael, CA are urging Crayola to create a take back program for their Crayola markers.

Plastic Pollution: How You Can Stop Our Environmental Menace

Jessie Alvarez | Posted 07.22.2012 | Teen
Jessie Alvarez

I know that cutting back on all plastic is nearly impossible now, but by starting with these tips and pushing companies to explore other options instead of plastic, one day it won't be such a challenge.

Southeast Louisiana Turns to Greener, Grocery Bag Options

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.08.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Unless they're recycled or sent to landfill, plastic bags slowly degrade outdoors, often reaching the ocean and interfering with life there. So how are local stores and shoppers dealing with grocery bags today?

The Chemical Marketplace: Revisiting BPA and PFOA

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The thing that has made bisphenol A so controversial is the fact that it is used in plastic containers and plastic bottles and the linings of tin cans. But lo and behold there has been some good news on that front.

Cooking With Scissors

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

What do I take every time I go into the kitchen? A toolbelt, that's what. And that includes the most important household implement: Scissors.

Astoria Characters: The Fake Flowers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.15.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

I moved to Astoria on a February day, when the daffodils were in full bloom and the snow was on the red, red roses. I didn't need a green thumb to figure out what had been staring me in the face: These flowers were fakes.

'Green News Report' - February 9, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.10.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Santorum do...

In Defense of Plastic Bag Bans

Stiv J. Wilson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Stiv J. Wilson

Plastic does not biodegrade in a meaningful timeframe. Thus, some portion of it accumulates in the environment. The more we produce, consume, and recycle, the more will come into the world and accumulate in landfills, on land, in rivers, and the sea.

WATCH: The History Of Glitter

Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts

Etsy, the online marketplace for everything handmade has realeased an interesting short detailing the history of one of life's underrated joys: glitte...

'Green News Report' - December 22, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.21.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: M...

Catherine New

Charge! Hungry For Fees, Banks Aggressively Push Plastic

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

As tighter federal regulations have been placed on debit cards, credit cards have come back with a vengeance. Banks have spent the past year pushing c...

Finding Fortune in Plastic

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green
Rahilla Zafar

Unlike air pollution which we can see and smell, most think plastic is harmless, or merely an aesthetic eyesore when seen on the ground or in the water, Woodring says, and is perceived of as less of a planetary problem by the public.

Tapping Into America's Garbage Power

Dr. Nickolas Themelis | Posted 01.14.2012 | Green
Dr. Nickolas Themelis

The United States needs to diversify its energy sources if we want to create a more sustainable and more competitive future. Energy recovery from waste should be part and parcel of the national energy strategy.

WATCH: Become A Sculpture At Pawel Althamer's New Show

VernissageTV | Posted 12.30.2011 | Arts
VernissageTV

Those who visit the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin these days might be a little confused by the sign above the entrance. What is Almech? Well, this is ...

Move Over Joe Camel -- Plastics Lobby Targets Kids in Textbooks

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What do cigarettes and single-use plastics have in common? Most cigarettes have a single-use plastic filter -- so smokers get a dose of petrochemical...

Grandma, What Was Styrofoam? An Environmental Victory in Salinas, California

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Some day, we will live in petroleum-free communities, free of plastic pollution. These are the first steps -- these small revolutions -- that are building towards that vision.

In The Market For: Plastic Fantastic

The Huffington Post | Jenny Kang | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Photography: Bobby Doherty Items Clockwise From Left: Marni Paillette-Embellished Tote, Cutler and Gross Cat Eye Frames, Giles & Brother Ice Feather ...

Plastic And The Great Recycling Swindle

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Disposable plastics are the largest component of ocean pollution. Should we be risking life and limb for single-use bags and plastic bottles that can easily be replaced with sustainable alternatives?

Brief From Bonnaroo: Tennessee Trash

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.17.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Anyone who grew up in the 1970s in Tennessee can sing a bit of "Tennessee Trash," a comic and catchy PSA that was sponsored by the State Department of Transportation to discourage littering.

You May Not Be Into Plastic, But Plastic Is Way Into You

Kerry Trueman | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

What makes Plastic: A Toxic Love Story such a compelling read, is her honest assessment of plastic's finer attributes, which largely get ignored in the debates over shopping bags and single-use water bottles.