"Mount Trashmore" of Massachusetts transformed into clean energy hub

July 6, 2017 by  
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Who says there’s no such thing as second chances? An historically off-putting landfill in Brockton, Massachusetts, which was once dubbed Mount Trashmore for its overwhelming bad odor, has been transformed from a wasted space to a generator of clean renewable energy . This week, a new solar power system opened above the previously underutilized space at Thatcher Street in Brockton. Local officials estimate the new clean energy infrastructure installed on-site will offset the carbon emissions of more than 12,000 cars annually and will generate more than $300,000 in annual revenue for the city. The Brockton project is not the first instance of Massachusetts turning previously dead space into a net positive for the community. All along the Mass Pike, also known as Interstate 90, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in collaboration with private contractors, has installed solar panel arrays that make use of the land between the highway shoulder and privately owned residential and commercial plots. Over the next twenty years, these highway clean power plants are estimated to generate at least $15 million of revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Related: 8 incredible parks created from landfills While these renewable energy additions to landfills are a welcome improvement, landfills themselves are relatively modern innovations in the United States. Before Congress passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in 1976, trash was usually just dumped in massive holes in the ground, which created significant, unceasing environmental hazards, from increased methane in the atmosphere to leaching toxic chemicals into local groundwater. After the RCRA was passed, disposal facilities were required to be properly lined and equipped with vents through which methane may be burned. However, this increased costs, which incentivized municipalities to build larger landfills. In order to bring trash from disparate locations to one mega landfill, more greenhouse gases must be burned in their transportation. To solve this problem, perhaps Congress could take a second look at the RCRA and ensure that all landfills offset their emissions, like Mount Trashmore in Brockton. Via CBS Boston Lead image via Depositphotos , others via Flickr   (1)

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8 incredible parks created from landfills

June 1, 2015 by  
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Humanity has turned Earth into a giant trash pile. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans alone produce on average 4.3 pounds of trash each day. Multiplied by 318.9 million people, that’s a lot of trash landing up in the country’s landfills. If there are about 3,500 active landfills in the United States, just one country, think about how many formal and informal landfills there are globally, leaching all kinds of nasty chemicals into ground and surface water supplies and emitting methane gases. It’s a daunting thought. But there is good news. As our knowledge of managing waste improves, we are learning to turn trash into a resource. For example, many landfill sites convert methane emissions into clean energy and many retired landfills have been safely rehabilitated into thriving public parks that reveal nothing of their trashy history. We have rounded up a list of 8. Prepare to be amazed by the transformation. Read the rest of 8 incredible parks created from landfills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alcatraz , angel island , ariel sharon park , ayalon riverbed , berkeley , berkeley kite festival , bioplastic , cesar chavez park , coral reefs , flushing meadows , FLushing Meadows-Corona Park , fresh kills , fresh kills staten island landfill , fresh kills staten island park , golden gate bridge , hiriya park , hong kong baseball association , Israel , landfill rehabilitation , landfills , Landscape Architecture , mangroves , meadow lake nyc , mount trashmore , NYC landfills , nyc parks , parks created from landfills , peter latz , Port Sunlight River Park , pulau semaku , river mersey , sai tso wan recreation ground , san francisco park , Singapore , Tel Aviv , Tony Hawk , wetlands , wildlife sanctuary , wirral coast

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China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

June 1, 2015 by  
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For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out the legal manufacture and sale of ivory . Conservation groups have applauded the measure as the single greatest effort in the fight to “save the last of the African elephants from poaching,” according to The Guardian . Recently, foreign diplomats watched 1,459 pounds of ivory symbolically destroyed and Zhao Shucong, the head of China’s State Forestry Administration said that China will strictly control the processing of ivory and the trade until the practice is eventually stopped. Read the rest of China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burning ivory stockpiles , China ivory trade , china phasing out ivory , elephant ivory , Elephant Poaching , elephant tusks , poaching elephants

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Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

June 1, 2015 by  
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The Hyperloop  track proposed to offer super-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles has to be one of the most exciting projects slated for the coming decade. In concept, the ultra-high-speed tram seems like luxury sent straight from the future, but Elon Musk’s futuristic pipe dream could be free for commuters.  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies CEO Dirk Ahlborn told CNBC that he’s kicking around the idea of making it free to ride , with paid upgrades bringing in the bulk of the profits. In an age when prices seem to rise endlessly, that’s a pretty refreshing notion. Read the rest of Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dirk Ahlborn , elon musk , free hyperloop ride , high speed transportation , Hyperloop , Hyperloop Transportation Technologies , public transportation , ultra high speed rail

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