Why the business world should be far more involved with community recycling

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The economics of local programs are challenging, but their existence is critical for the development of a circular economy.

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"Raw water" craze draws concern from health professionals

January 2, 2018 by  
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Are you drinking dead water? Live Water founder Mukhande Singh claims that filtered and bottled spring water is sterilized – a process that destroys probiotics . He’s now marketing unfiltered “raw water” – but Mayo Clinic doctor Donald Hensrud cautions that untreated water can contain E.coli bacteria , viruses, carcinogenic compounds, and parasites . According to Singh (né Christopher Sanborn), sterilizing water demolishes at least five probiotic strains not found in other food sources that are important for absorbing nutrients from food. His company offers an alternative: untreated mountain spring water – available for $36.99 for a 2.5 gallon glass jug and $14.99 for refills. The company says of spring water: “We celebrate this ancient life source that humanity flourished from, since the beginning of our existence. We trust it’s perfect just the way it is.” Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program , told The New York Times , “Without water treatment , there’s acute and then chronic risks . . . There’s evidence all over the world of this, and the reason we don’t have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment. There are people, just like with immunizations, that don’t accept the status quo.” Related: Swiss resident peddles jars of Alps mountain air Live Water points to a 2015 article published in Biomedical Reports as evidence for the healing abilities of raw spring water. Singh told The New York Times, “Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them. Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health .” The New York Times pointed out scientific evidence of fluoride as a mind-control drug is entirely lacking – but there is plenty of evidence it supports dental health. The Verge points out that water from the wilderness can make humans sick, as it can be contaminated with bacteria or viruses . Further, harmful chemicals like arsenic or metals like uranium can leach into the groundwater springs. Via The New York Times

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Earth-like planet with atmosphere discovered just 39 light years away

April 10, 2017 by  
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In a development that has astronomers giddy with excitement, a new study published in Astronomical Journal has confirmed the existence of the first “Earth-like” planet with an atmosphere. The planet, known only as GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth, with the same small, rocky composition as our own. Unlike our solar system , GJ 1132b orbits a dim red dwarf star so close to its sun that its atmosphere is likely more like Venus than Earth. Not only is the average temperature of the planet likely about 700 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s also probably tidally locked – which means that gravity causes one side of the planet to constantly face its star, while the other side is in a state of permanent night. The exoplanet was first discovered in 2015, but the existence of an atmosphere wasn’t certain until very recently. It’s unclear exactly what the planet’s atmosphere is made of, although it’s likely to be rich in either water vapor or methane. Further observations will have to be done to clarify. Related: Astronomers announce the closest earth-like planet is just a star away Though the exoplanet is clearly unsuitable for human life, the discovery has some far-reaching implications. Exoplanets orbiting red dwarves appear to be incredibly common throughout the known universe, so there could potentially be a huge number of planets with atmospheres that might harbor life. Via the Washington Post Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

February 25, 2013 by  
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There is a good reason why Argentina’s flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans to increase its capacity by 35 times and the government begins to hand out incentives to private companies. International developers are looking to the western regions where projects are estimated to produce over twice the amount of energy coming from solar in Germany , the world’s current market leader. The plans would assist in the efforts of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to increase the amount of energy generated by renewables from 2 percent to 8 percent by 2013. Read the rest of Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aldar sa , Argentina , Brazil , china , Columbia , debt , default , enarsa , germany , inflation , president cristina fernandez de kirchner , renewable energy , sky solar holdings co. , Solar Power , solaria energia & medio ambiente sa , south america , Spain , tariff

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NY Times Blasts GOP Climate Deniers

September 7, 2011 by  
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Photo: nosha , Flickr , CC BY-SA Well, sure: Plenty of folks (myself included) have been pointing out the GOP’s persistent fixation on denying the existence of climate change for quite some time. But it’s always satisfying when the nation’s paper of record weighs in on your side. Yes, the New York Times has dedicated it… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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MIT Researchers Launch Software To Help Plan Cities Better — Using Social Network Analysis

September 7, 2011 by  
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Image: Screengrab from Urban Network Analysis (UNA) toolbox tutorial video It’s been estimated that 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities, with another two billion expected to move to already overcrowded urban areas in the next twenty years. The pressures of rapid urbanization often mean that careful urba… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Fox News: Do Moon Volcanoes Disprove Climate Change? (Video)

July 29, 2011 by  
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Okay, so I’m not sure how exactly the Fox News fella was going to argue that the existence of volcanoes on the moon serves as evidence that climate … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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GOP Pres. Hopeful Jon Huntsman: "We Have a Heroin-Like Addiction to Oil"

July 29, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: World Economic Forum via Flickr /CC BY Poor old Jon Huntsman. To my eyes, he’s the most sensible and intellectually capable candidate to emerge in the GOP field yet. He’s moderate, and acknowledges the existence of both science and reality. Case in point: during a recent campaign speech, Hunstman noted that the United States has “a heroin-like addiction to imported oil.” And he’s got that silvery-gray hair that makes him look all presidential! Of course, all the those things cited above (besides maybe the silve… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Tiger, Cubs, and Conservation Oh My! Celebrate Global Tiger Day

July 29, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: law_keven / Creative Commons Last year was declared the ” Year of the Tiger ,” and though the global population still hovers below 3,500 individuals in the wild—making it one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet—some advances were made to protecting the much-loved species. At the end of the year, 13 nations with natural tiger habitat ple… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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World’s Poor Nations Plan On Combatting Climate Change, While Congress Denies It’s Happening

March 22, 2011 by  
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As Congress votes to deny the existence of climate change is happening and Europe refuses to increase its emission reduction commitment, the United Nations has released a summary of what the poorer countries and emerging economies of the world plan on doing to ease the coming blow from climate change . The gist is they are taking it all much more seriously and are doing much more than those nations wh..

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