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WATCH: Troubling Working Conditions in LA’s Waste and Recycling Plants

Posted 06.15.2012 | Latino Voices

Los Angeles is the second largest waste market in the United States, and it has a problem. In a short film by Cuéntame, an online collective of s...

Why Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Cares About Your Sewage

Eddie Fernandez | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Eddie Fernandez

Ostara has managed to successfully turn a burdened waste into a resource that is both sustainable and profitable -- an ideal type of innovation that this world could use some more of.

Works not Waste -- Visions for a Green Economy

Bharati Chaturvedi | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Bharati Chaturvedi

These years later, one group of the poor-wastepickers-have organized as the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers. These wastepickers are demanding a place of honor within the green economy -- a key theme is this year's Rio+20 meet.

All That Glitters Ends Up on the Curb: Lessons From Zero Waste Families

Janice Harper | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Janice Harper

I once lived in a rainforest in Madagascar. When I asked where to dump the garbage, my new neighbors looked at each other with those faces that say, "Is she for real? What's a garbage?"

How To Stay Mercury-Free

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

December 5 marks the beginning of the Sierra Club's Mercury Awareness Week. In anticipation of that, here are four ways to help you keep the toxic stuff out of your life.

Taxpayers Left in the Dark When It Comes to Nuclear Weapons Spending

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

So, how much does the U.S. spend on nuclear weapons? The only way to know for sure is for the administration to be more transparent about its nuclear spending, and to make a complete, detailed budget available to the public.

Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

America may be the land of plenty but we don't have enough to squander. And yet, we're brilliant at it.

10 Tips For Reducing Food Waste During The Holiday Season

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

The holiday season is a time for gifts, decorations, and lots and lots of food. As a result, it's also a time of spectacular amounts of waste.

Don't Throw That in the Trash!

Sloan Barnett | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

We know the mantra well: "Reduce, reuse, recycle." But recycling certain household items may be trickier than you think.

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

Knowing When To Call It Quits

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 12.12.2011 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

The key to success lies not in never quitting, but in knowing when to quit. Here's why quitting can actually be better for your happiness -- and your health.

Theoretical '$16 Muffins' Get Justice Department In Hot Water

Posted 11.22.2011 | Food

On Tuesday, in what must surely be the most controversial muffin-related story since paperclips were found lodged inside athletes' muffins at the 2008...

A Burning Question: Should Waste-to-Energy Qualify as Renewable?

Robin Madel | Posted 10.18.2011 | New York
Robin Madel

When you think about renewable energy sources, what comes to mind? Solar panels or wind turbines, maybe even hydropower? You're probably not thinking about trash.

Changing Climate: Deep Oceans Off Alaska Face Existential Threat

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 10.14.2011 | Green
AlaskaDispatch.com

If deep oceans covered an area only the size of the state of Alaska, then humans have so far explored in detail only about 2,400 square feet -- enough space to park seven or eight cars.

253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

According to a staggering report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted every year.

Second Helpings: Charity Feeds The Hungry With Leftovers

Posted 06.05.2011 | Impact

Besides attracting thousands of visitors daily, rock concerts, hockey games and hotel chains have something else in common -- tons of food left once t...

Green News Report: April 5, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.05.2011 | 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:...

Green News Report: March 31, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.31.2011 | 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: Obama's '...

Petraeus "Understands the Frustration" With Spending "Enormous Amounts of Money," But He'll Keep Spending It If You Let Him

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

News flash: if you can't turn the war effort around with 30,000 more troops at a cost of $1 million per troop, per year, maybe the military solutions aren't solutions after all.

Rural America and Discarded Clothes

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

21% of Americans live in rural areas. This huge subset of the American population lacks something that most city-dwellers take for granted: easy access to recycling programs.

In Chevron RICO Suit Against Amazonians, Who's the Real Gangster?

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

Last week, Chevron filed a RICO suit against a remote Ecuadorian community. That's right: the oil giant is using a law intended to rein in the Mafia against 47 inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest.

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cups

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Tell the flight attendants you want just the can, no napkin, next time you need a shot of carbonated caffeine while in the air. Why use so many plastic cups, and what happens to them when the plane lands?

Eat Trash, Save the Planet

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Jeremy Seifert After four years of nonprofit work, Jeremy recently cofounded the production company Compeller, focusing on documenta...

Radioactive Material Leaks Into Upstate NY River

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Several hundred gallons of water contaminated with radioactive materials from a 1950s nuclear research site spilled into the Mohawk River near Schenec...

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.