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No Time for Wasting Waste

Francesca Vietor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Francesca Vietor

Flame retardants are found in everything from children's car seats to your everyday sofa. Now that flame retardants are on their way out, what are we going to do with the tons of products that contain them?

Waste in Focus: What America Throws Away (PHOTOS)

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Jamie Davis Smith

Peter Menzel's latest project, centering on what Americans across the country throw away and recycle, features eight American families surrounded by their weekly waste broken down into what is recycled and what goes to the landfill.

Rules and Growth (and a Little Consciousness Thrown in

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Alison Cayne

Ultimately, I believe in rules. Not rules for rules' sake. Not arbitrary or unnecessary rules, not punitive rules. It isn't as simple as needing to gi...

10 Shocking Photos That Will Change How You See Consumption And Waste

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts

As individual and anonymous consumers, it's seemingly impossible to even estimate the physical ramifications of our daily consumption and waste. While...

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways -- our streams, rivers, and lakes.

When Eco-Battle Cries Backfire

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

We've exceeded the destruction of nature that humanity can wreak without causing horrific, irreparable loss and suffering. We've disrupted nature's regenerative powers.

Statistically Speaking: A Wasteland of Food

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.28.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

An unconscionable amount of food is wasted around the globe. Here's a look. (Sporkist/Flickr) The amount of food we waste is enough to make you sic...

The Public Health Issue Most People Don't Know About

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

How's this for the next public health campaign?...

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

From Bangalore to São Paulo: How Five Cities Are Tackling the Problem of Toxic Waste

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many substances -- including electronic waste -- pose all sorts of dangers to the health of individuals and the environment.

Michigan Middle School Protects Environment by Fighting Hunger

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy paper boxes. Then Whitehall Middle School got a hold of the idea.

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

Problems Persist After Smithfield Sells Out to Shuanghui; Future Remains Uncertain

Marc Yaggi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

Will Shuanghui stand up to the challenge and lead this industry into a clean future? Only time will tell - but the clock is ticking!

Time to Consign Landfill to the Dustbin of History

Tom Skazy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Skazy

Landfills, principally used in the Americas, are the worst solution as the materials take years, potentially centuries, to decompose, leaching toxins into the ground and methane into the air.

A Look at Environmental Justice in the United States Today

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.22.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in 2011 that Martin Luther King Jr. "plant[ed] the seeds of the environmental justice movement" and that environmental justice is "a civil rights issue." In that spirit, let's look at some metrics on how equitable environmental risk is distributed in the U.S.

Recycling Report Card

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

So what's wrong with our recycling system? Why are we not recycling more? Some insight can be gained by seeing how different states encourage people to recycle.

No Tray, No Salad

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Students load their trays in all-you-can-eat cafeterias with heaps of food, leading to waste and perhaps also to overeating. But what does tray disappearance do to food choices?

Don't Waste Your Food

Francesca Vietor | Posted 10.24.2013 | Green
Francesca Vietor

Get this: If food waste was a country, it would be ranked number three in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Why do we waste so much food and what should we do about it?

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The government's plans for the construction of a new uranium processing facility are so ridiculous that it could be a poster child for wasteful and unnecessary spending.

4 Ways to End Food Waste

Modern Farmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Modern Farmer

A Match.com for Waste? An expired-food supermarket? Ending food waste is going to take generations of work. But here are four solutions that are up and running, today.

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

Single-Stream Recycling

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Just below the surface of all the hoopla on the joys of single-stream recycling there is a lot of doubt and skepticism. So why the rush to single-stream?

Rework, Reuse, Recycle: Four Waste Management Solutions That Are Making a Difference

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rapid economic and population growth has created extreme solid waste accumulation, overwhelming cities' ability to deal with sustainable waste management. The following approaches describe four solutions.

An Update on Coal Ash: In Words and on Film

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The story of coal ash keeps going nowhere. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about coal ash.

Reverence for Garbage

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Robert Koehler

We're spreading toxicity around the planet and into the atmosphere not simply by overconsumption, greed and carelessness but also by a fundamental failure to value all of life.