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What Do We Do About Plastics?

We need local policies to encourage better waste management, more recycling and less use of plastics in the first place.

by |April 23, 2018

Microbeads, Marine Debris, Regulation and the Precautionary Principle

It is clear that the hunger for economic growth and wealth pushes business and governments to ignore environmental impacts that are considered an inevitable byproduct of development. But this fails to account for the costs that will inevitably be borne when the damage must be cleaned up.

by |December 28, 2015

A Sustainable Strategy to Deal with Urban Poverty

When architect Fernando Arias first arrived in Kumasi, Ghana last year, he saw unpaved roads, trash burning, garbage everywhere, and shoeless children running all around. He knew he needed to act on their behalf.

by |May 3, 2013

Green Films for Earth Day 2013

Mothers, carbon, trash, vanishing ice and “secret lives”: Watch a movie for Earth Day and learn.

by |April 18, 2013

What Happens to All That Plastic?

Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 9.5 percent of it is recycled and 15 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities. What happens to the rest of it?

by |January 31, 2012

Plasma Gasification: A Solution to the Waste Disposal Dilemma?

Waste not, Want not? The source of this proverb is unknown, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say it wasn’t your average (modern) American. I say this because your average American runs through 56 tons of trash a year – including 500 plastic cups and 650 pounds of paper. If we were to… read more

by |July 8, 2009