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Organic pollutants may increase fetus' risk for neural tube defects (PR)
Food Consumer
July 19th, 2011
Researchers find that byproducts of incineration are associated with an increased fetal risk of neural tube defects.
CDM Misadventures In Waste Management
by Neil Tangri and Dharmesh ShahThird World Network
June 9th, 2011
The Clean Development Mechanism’s flagship waste management project in India is turning into a multi-faceted disaster, revealing flaws in both the carbon credit mechanism as well as the corporate-driven, technology-focused approached to climate change mitigation.
Maine Voices: Strengthen Maine's product stewardship laws
by Travis P. Wagner and Rachel BouvierThe Portland Press Herald
PORTLAND - Gov. LePage has sought a repeal of Maine's product stewardship laws.
Recyclers Tout Benefits of Their Trade at Cancún Summit
by Emilio GodoyIPS-Inter Press Service
December 5th, 2010
At the 16th Conference of Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under way in the Mexican resort city of Cancún, the recyclers are voicing opposition to the CDM projects being implemented at garbage dumps to capture greenhouse-effect gases.
Scavengers leave dumps to speak out on UN stage
by CHARLES J. HANLEYThe Washington Post
December 3rd, 2010
CANCUN, Mexico -- Clambering over garbage heaps, rummaging through trash cans, Supriya Bhadakwad didn't set out to save the planet when she was 13 years old, just her family. But two decades later, in the global arena of climate negotiations, the sari-clad Indian woman and other wasteworkers are making their voices heard, tilting with big corporate players in a tug-of-war over the world's dumpsites.
Recycling for Hope and Dignity on Paraguay's Streets
by Natalia Ruiz DíazIPS-Inter Press Service
November 23rd, 2010
ASUNCIÓN - "I go out with my cart and collect plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, plastic bags; that is my work," said Laura Cardozo, proud member of a recycling group that works the Paraguayan capital's streets.
Harrisburg's Failed Infrastructure Project
by John BuntinGoverning
November, 2010 - A new incinerator was supposed to earn Harrisburg, Pa., $1 billion. Instead, it’s a cautionary tale for what happens when an infrastructure project goes bad.
New Jersey Pulls Plug on Camden Trash Authority Debt Support
by Dunstan McNicholBloomberg
November 12th, 2010
New Jersey won’t pick up a $26.1 million payment due Dec. 1 on the Camden County Pollution Control Financing Authority’s incinerator bonds after covering payments since 1999, a spokesman for Treasurer Andrew Sidamon- Eristoff said.
(Bio)Mass Confusion
by Jim CarltonThe Wall Street Journal
October 18th, 2010
In the U.S., biomass power—generated mainly by burning wood and other plant debris—has run into roadblocks that have stymied its growth.
San Francisco watches its waste line
by Matt
October 12th, 2010
In San Francisco, garbage is treated like a resource that shouldn't be wasted. And that means formulating a plan to reduce the city's garbage output to zero. Yes, that's right: zero.
UN incineration plans rejected by world's rubbish-dump workers
by John
The waste-pickers who scour the world's rubbish dumps and daily recycle thousands of tonnes of metal, paper and plastics are up in arms against the UN, which they claim is forcing them out of work and increasing climate change emissions.
Wood burning power plants may hurt global warming fight
by Beth DaleyThe Boston Globe
Burning wood to generate electricity can be worse for global warming than burning coal, according to a Massachusetts-sponsored study released yesterday. That surprising conclusion immediately prompted state officials to reconsider substantial financial incentives provided to wood-burning plants.
In a World of Throwaways, Making a Dent in Medical Waste
by INGFEI CHENThe New York Times
June 5th, 2010
Hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and other health facilities generate several billion pounds of garbage each year, and buried in that mountain of trash are untold numbers of unused disposable medical devices as well as used but recyclable supplies and equipment, from excess syringes and gauze to surgical instruments.
Waste Not, Want Not
by Carroll McCormickrecycling today
May 31st, 2010
Nova Scotians have shown they are adept at diverting material from the solid waste stream.
An Incinerator Becomes Harrisburg’s Money Pit
by Michael CooperThe New York Times
May 20th, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Officials here decided seven years ago to borrow $125 million to rebuild and expand the city’s enormous trash incinerator, which the federal government had shut down because of toxic air pollution.
Officials feel heat over waste incinerator
by Qiu QuanlinChina Daily
January 26th, 2010
GUANGZHOU: Authorities of Gaoming district in Foshan, Guangdong province, yesterday vowed to firmly oppose the construction of an industrial waste incinerator if the plant threatens the environment and health of its residents.
Not wasting the waste
by S. UshakumariNational Catholic Reporter
January 6th, 2010
S. Ushakumari is a horticulturist who has been working with a public interest research organization for the past 20 years. Part of her life’s work is also a movement that is sweeping the globe: zero waste. Ultimately, zero waste aims to create a society that lives sustainably on a finite resource base. In the process, it strengthens local economies with jobs, reduces energy demands and thus climate change, and saves local governments money that is spent cleaning up industries’ messes.
Viewpoints: Don't talk trash – compost, recycle, create jobs instead
by Gavin Newsom and Robert
December 20th, 2009
On balance, reuse, recycling and composting make the most of our resources and create good, green jobs along the way.
Waste-pickers want to save the planet
by Shannon SwainstonCOP15-News From Copenhagen
Today members from Waste-picker organisations joined together at the DGI Byen building to share their experiences and express the need for political action regarding recycling. The panel consisted of six people dedicated to recycling and countering climate change from India and South America.
Waste recyclers beat bankers (not-literally)
UK Without Incineration Network
December 15th, 2009
According to a recently released New Economics Foundation (NEF) report entitled A Bit Rich: Calculating the real value to society of different professions waste recycling workers produce a far better social return than do bankers or advertising executives.
Day one – Rich countries try to destroy Kyoto, while the resistance to their policies grows
by Ricardo Sequeiros CoelhoCool the Earth
December 9th, 2009
A brief report on the debate, organized by GAIA, that showed various successful attempts to organize wastepickers in India and Latin America.
Wastepickers of the world unite at climate talks
by Agence France-PresseMother Nature Network
December 8th, 2009
Ignored, marginalised or despised in many countries, wastepickers from Asia, Latin America and Africa have come together in Copenhagen to lobby for recognition as unsung heroes in the fight against climate change.
Incinerator project goes up in smoke
by Xiao Ma and Li XinzhuChina Daily
November 3rd, 2009
SHANGHAI: The building of a 300-million-yuan ($48 million) incinerator in Jiangsu province has been stopped after a local protest.
Pro-incinerator expert testified for tobacco companies
by By Neal HallVancouver Sun
October 4th, 2009
A pro-incineration expert brought in by Metro Vancouver to speak at a series of public forums once testified as a tobacco industry witness that there was insufficient evidence to link smoking to lung cancer.
A Scrap of Decency
by BHARATI CHATURVEDI, Op Ed ContributorThe New York Times
Among those suffering from the global recession are millions of workers who are not even included in the official statistics: urban recyclers — the trash pickers, sorters, traders and reprocessors who extricate paper, cardboard and plastics from garbage heaps and prepare them for reuse.
With Billions at Stake, Trying to Expand the Meaning of ‘Renewable Energy’
by Felicity BarringerNew York Times
May 24th, 2009
Industry is pushing to have many false solutions -- including waste-to-energy -- to be categorized as "renewable." Billions of dollars, and the planet's climate, are at stake.
Rathcoole Incinerator Proposal Rejected
by Tim O'BrienIrish
THE COMPANY behind a €250 million waste-to-energy plant proposed for Rathcoole in west Dublin is to meet its advisers this morning to see if there is any future for the plan, following announcement of its rejection yesterday by An Bord Pleanála.
Eco-groups warn vs. burning of mercury-added goods
by Ellalyn B. De VeraManila Bulletin, 6 February 2009
An international environmental groups’ study warned over the burning of mercury-added products that lead to increased mercury pollution into the earth atmosphere.
San Mateo residents protest new landfill
by By Beverly T. NatividadPhilippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines -- Residents of San Mateo, Rizal along with environmental groups on Saturday launched a protest action to stop the illegal construction of a new garbage dump there. Protesters on bikes rolled into town Saturday for a nine-kilometer bike rally to call on the Rizal provincial government to halt the construction of a garbage dump on a 19-hectare area spanning two San Mateo villages, Guinayang and Maly.
Garbage as a metaphor
by Nityanand JayaramanInfoChange
There are many who claim that modern-day discrimination is based solely on economic terms, not on caste or communal lines. But the view from Kamatchi Devi's house in the Kodungaiyur garbage dump in Chennai is different. Where there is hazardous waste you will only find dalit and other backward castes. Like trash, some people are still considered disposable.
Pollution Credits Let Dumps Double Dip
by Jeffrey BallWall Street Journal
October 20th, 2008
This Wall Street Journal article discusses many of the problems with the current CDM credit trading system. Under this credit trading scheme, practices like capturing landfill-released methane gas are awarded credits which can be traded to other polluters. Landfill owners that were capturing methane before this policy was instituted are being rewarded for doing nothing new, and now trading their credits for a profit, allowing others to pollute more with their credits. This policy effectively raises the cap on carbon emissions and allows for even more pollution.
Rifiuti, riesplode la tensione a Chiaiano Scontri con i manifestanti, la Polizia carica
Scontri tra polizia e manifestanti a ChiaianoNAPOLI - Riesplode la tensione davanti alla futura discarica di rifiuti a Chiaiano. Un gruppo di manifestanti si è scontrato con le forze dell'ordine che non gli permettavano di entrare nel deposito. Contro gli agenti solo volate bottiglie e sassi. La Polizia ha ordinato la carica, respinto i manifestanti con le camionette e il lancio di lacrimogeni. Due agenti sono rimasti ustionati dallo scoppio di alcuni petardi, altri due sono rimasti contusi.
Latest waste-to-energy plant given go-ahead - Business Green
waste-to-energy - Google News
September 16th, 2008
Latest waste-to-energy plant given go-aheadBusiness Green, UK - Sep 16, 2008The government today further underlined its support for waste-to-energy projects, giving the go ahead for Ineos Chlor to construct a 100 MW combined heat ...
The great carbon bazaar
by Mark Gregory BBC News
June 4th, 2008
BBC News discusses the many problems with the CDM credit trading system.

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