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Government blamed as €20m waste investment in doubt
by John BurkeThe Sunday Business Post Online
Anaerobic digestion project was expected to generate 60 jobs between the development and operational stages.
South Africa: The ANC government’s ‘talk left, walk right’ climate policy
by Patrick BondLinks – International Journal of Socialist Renewal
As the Kyoto Protocol’s Conference of the Parties (also known as the Durban COP 17) draws closer, we will encounter even more frequent public relations blasts than witnessed in the same International Convention Centre district a decade ago, before the World Conference Against Racism in 2001, and again last year during the soccer World Cup.
Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated
by Abrahm
January 25th, 2011
The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency—and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full “life cycle” of gas production—is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.
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.
This is our way of life - when are you going to face yours?
October 5th, 2010
Baida Bai Gaikwad's statement to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP)
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.
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.
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.
Good News, There's a Climate Bill -- Bad News, It Stinks
by Daphne
One of the most comprehensive pieces of energy and climate legislation ever drafted by members of the U.S. Congress has finally seen the light of day. But it includes subsidies for waste incineration, biomass, and polluting industries.
Report establishes link between recycling, climate, energy
by Joe TruiniWaste News
The new report released by As You Sow titled "Waste and Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report", discusses the billions of waste containers that go wasted each year. Here you can read an article from Waste News discussing the publication and find a link to the report itself on As You Sow's website.
Is Recycling Worth It? PM Investigates its Economic and Environmental Impact
by Alex HutchinsonPopular Mechanics
November 30th, 2008
Popular Mechanics discusses recycling, it's history and the economic and energy saving benefits that we see from it
Recycling By the Numbers: The Truth About Recycling
by Alex HutchinsonPopular Mechanics
November 30th, 2008
Popular Mechanics shows the huge economic and energy saving benefits of recycling.
Sacramento City Council delays action on proposal to vaporize garbage
by Terri HardyThe Sacramento Bee
November 7th, 2008
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.
Ontario shifts toward Zero Waste approach
by Guy CrittendenHazMat Magazine, Editor's Blog
October 17th, 2008
The Ontario Ministry of Environment has released "Toward a Zero Waste Future" -- a discussion paper for the Review of Ontario's Waste Diversion Act 2002 (WDA). It has concurrently issued a letter to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) requesting a review of the existing Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP).
WASTING OF WASTES Letter to the Editor, Daily DAWN ( August 29, 2008 This refers to the news “Garbage Sale Deal Sparks Controversy,” regarding the city (Karachi) government’s decision to sell garbage to a private sector cement firm for production of electricity …. (National, Dawn, Islamabad, August 22, 2008). I wish to draw the attention of your readers and concerned EPA/CDA/E&IP department officials to the following:
First Japanese zero waste community by 2020?
Kamikatsu, a small village in the mountains of Shikoku Island in south-west Japan, aims at being the country’s first zero-waste community by 2020. The village was forced to change its garbage management in 2000 when strict new regulations forced it to shut down its incinerators. Since 2003, Kamikatsu's 2,000 inhabitants have been part of an ecological experiment. According to Sonoe Fujii of the village's Zero Waste Academy, the best policy was not to produce any garbage in the first place since they were no longer able to burn it.
LEBANON: Activists descend on Ramlet al-Baida to ‘draw the line’ against climate change
by Daniel PhillipsThe Daily Star Lebanon
Wael Hmaidan, executive director of IndyACT, said "Climate change threatens our security and our economy more than any political problem we have at home or abroad, but unfortunately it is not considered as a priority by any of the political parties in Lebanon."
Climate change worries? Blame the stuff you buy
by Scott
To cut energy use, save money and, while you're at it, live a greener life, you can turn down the air conditioning, back off the accelerator, hop on a bike. But when it comes to your personal energy tally, there's another big but largely unseen source: The stuff you buy. Every product, from televisions to teapots, takes energy to get to the shopping bag -- energy to mine raw materials, make the product and ship it.
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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