United Nations University Invents Machine to Recycle Plastics into Car Oil (Video)

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This is a great invention. Yes, I think we should find a different alternative to power than oil and gasoline but this, I think, is a decent small stepping stone. At least this will help with the plastic problem for the time being!
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New York City moves to ban plastic foam containers

AFP Photo/Spencer PlattJanuary 10, 2015, rt.com | “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward on a plan to ban city food establishments from using plastic foam containers because of the harm they cause the environment. The ban will leave restaurateurs and food vendors in a bind.”

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward on a plan to ban city food establishments from using plastic foam containers because of the harm they…
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Why conservationists need a little hope: saving themselves from becoming the most depressing scientists on the planet

August 19, 2014, news.mongabay.com | “Here’s a challenge: take a conservationist out for a drink and ask them about their work. Nine times out of ten—or possibly more—you’ll walk away feeling frustrated, despondent, and utterly hopeless. You’ll hear about rainforests being chopped down for palm oil or chopsticks; or a just-discovered species that probably just went extinct; or a government that is worse than ambivalent: corrupt; or a shadowy corporation that’s doing some horrific thing to ecosystems and local people just to make greedy shareholders happy.”

Here’s a great article about why to support the kind of cheerleading that we do at Good News for the Earth —
interviews with top conservation biologists
Why conservationists need a little hope
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the human brain is wired to try harder only when there is reason to believe that those efforts will make a difference. — The Sword of Damocles over our head is not the right image
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Recycled Cartons Create Genius Desks That Double As Backpacks For Needy Kids In India

desks in indiaMay 19, 2014, www.huffingtonpost.com | “Learning luxuries aren’t available for many children attending school in India. Even something as simple as a desk is a beneficial tool millions of Indian children don’t have the privilege of using in the world’s second largest country.”

“Recycled Cartons Create Genius Desks That Double As Backpacks For Needy Kids In India
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Learning luxuries aren’t available for many children attending school in India. Even something as simple as a desk is a…”

Two energy giants forced to clean up uranium mess

April 28, 2014, www.hcn.org | “Few companies have done more to poison the West than Kerr-McGee, the energy producer that once operated 50 uranium mines on the Navajo Nation – sickening thousands of miners and residents with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and other illnesses related to radiation.”

A government lawsuit forced Kerr-McGee and Anadarko to put billions into detoxing: $1 billion will clean up abandoned uranium mines around the Navajo Nation, and another $1.1 billion will go toward detoxing the Lake Mead site.
Two energy giants forced to clean up uranium in Navajo Lands.
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This Restaurant Is Serious About Garbage—It Doesn’t Produce Any

April 24, 2014, www.takepart.com | “The average restaurant tosses eight gallons of garbage every hour. At Chicago’s Sandwich Me In, it took two years to produce that much.”

This Restaurant Is Serious About Garbage—It Doesn’t Produce Any
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Plastic bag bans are spreading in the United States

April 22, 2014, www.treehugger.com | “Los Angeles rang in the 2014 New Year with a ban on the distribution of plastic bags at the checkout counter of big retailers, making it the largest of the 132 cities and counties around the United States with anti-plastic bag legislation. And a movement that gained momentum in California is going national.”

“Plastic bag bans are spreading in the United States
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More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag…”
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  • Connie Ashby “it figures plastic shopping bags were first popularized by Mobil Oil in the 1970s in an attempt to increase its market for polyethylene, a fossil-fuel-derived compound…glad to see we’re starting to get rid of them”

Largest Cleanup in EPA History Proposed

April 14, 2014, www.enn.com | “In an historic action that will protect people’s health and the environment, and benefit riverfront communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The sediment in the Passaic River is severely contaminated with dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from more than a century of industrial activity. Ninety percent of the volume of contaminated sediments in the lower Passaic are in the lower eight miles of the river.”

Largest Cleanup in EPA History Proposed for the from the lower eight miles, Passaic River, N.J.
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Caribbean Island of Barbados To Get Waste-To-Energy Plant

March 26, 2014, www.enn.com | “One day soon the Caribbean island of Barbados will have part of its electricity needs supplied by a waste-to-energy plant.  Cahill Energy, based in Guernsey, announced the signing of an agreement with the government of Barbados on March 15 to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant.”

Caribbean Island of Barbados To Get Waste-To-Energy Plant
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Cahill Energy, based in Guernsey, announced the signing of an agreement with the government of Barbados on March 15 to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant. The company plans to invest up to $240 million in the plant which will be built in Vaucluse, St. Thomas.
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World Water Day: Young Sliammon Activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney Invokes Prayer for the Sacred

March 22, 2014, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com | “Water is the elixir of life; without it, we die within days. It is second only to air as the reason any of us are here at all. Yet ‘768 million people lack access to improved water sources, and 2.5 billion have no improved sanitation,’ according to the United Nations.  Many of those people inhabit Turtle Island.”

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World Water Day: Young Sliammon Activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney Invokes Prayer for the Sacred
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Video of Ta’Kaiya Blaney’s plea for the sacred on World Water Day.
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