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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.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Regenerative Business for Local Economies

Student Reporter | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

The concept of reusing human resources and abandoned physical assets if applied correctly can be the catalyst towards increasing economic activity. Archer Groupe located in Romans-sur-Isère in Drome, France is a prime example of a successful application of this unique concept.

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

If Trash Is Gold, China Is Very Rich

Peggy Liu | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Peggy Liu

Twice a day, Beijing's Chaoyang Circular Economy Industrial Park hosts a showcase waste site in Gaoantun. Benches and trees give the site a park-like feel. Citizens are invited to tour -- and smell -- the facility.

Not Your Granddaddy's Garbage Burners: Why Burning Waste for Energy Fights Climate Change

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

American liberals and environmentalists who care about climate change need to reexamine the science and get behind expanded recycling and waste to energy programs.

11 Surprising Facts About The Things We Throw Away

Posted 06.03.2013 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff One nation's trash could be put to much better use. We ponder what's being squandered. Keep in touch! Check out ...

Ciudad Saludable -- Teaching the Business of Recycling

Student Reporter | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

Albina Ruiz has the drive and focused energy of the ones who have fought for their vision to come true.

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Why does one governmental agency have 13 different cell phone plans for which it pays varied prices that are higher than commercially available rates? The one take away is that the government clearly is not leveraging its buying power and, as a result, is wasting taxpayer dollars.

You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain somet...

The Nuke Plan to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

If Congress wants to cut the deficit intelligently, it should be finding ways to eliminate unnecessary and poorly managed projects in the nuclear weapons complex, not shielding nuclear programs from budget reductions.

Compost Nation

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The bottom line is recycling is good, but it's not going to get us even close to the goal of zero landfill waste. A consumer economy centered around compostable products is a lot sounder and could even be tasty.

Budget for MOX Program Cut by 75 Percent

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The beleaguered Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site was targeted for possible cancellation last fall, but ongoing discussions resulted in a recent lifeline offered by a top Department of Energy official, which appears to have been accepted by the White House.

Should SIGAR Have Suspension and Debarment Power?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

As we pointed out last year, the appointment of John F. Sopkoto head the watchdog agency seems to have infused SIGAR with renewed vigor, as evidenced by an increase in inspections and audits. But SIGAR wants to do more.

The Inauguration and the Green Nickel Behind Grandma's Stove

Charlie Carillo | Posted 03.23.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

With the country drowning in debt, why go through such a costly and excessive ceremony for a guy who already has the job? If that sounds negative and anti-American to you, well, you're wrong. It isn't. It's anti-waste.