GAIA and Allies in the News

Philippines: Villages Awarded for pushing Zero Waste in Alaminos
ALAMINOS CITY - The city’s top five implementers of Republic Act 9003, known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, were awarded at the City Hall grounds on November 8.
Renewable Energy Scams On The Rise, Government Warned
by Jonathan L. MayugaBusiness Mirror
April 18th, 2011
Waste-and-pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition (EcoWaste) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (Gaia) said incinerator pushers are using the climate issue as an additional platform to peddle their polluting technologies.
Berkeley City Council Proclaims January 25th As Mark Gorrell Day
In Recognition of Mark Gorrell and his Many Contributions to the City of Berkeley and Humanitarian Service on Behalf of Others
SWaCH Holds 'Dignity March' To Protest Against NSCC
by Bhagyashree Kulthe / DNAWaste Management World
January 31st, 2011
Members of SWaCH, a credit society of waste pickers, and Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) took to the streets on Sunday to protest against statements made by a city NGO, the National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC).
Groups push zero waste to create jobs
Philippines News Agency
November 28 (PNA), Manila, Philippines- Two major health and environmental networks made a pitch for green jobs through innovative Zero Waste programs that create sustainable livelihood from discards. At a seminar held last Thursday in Quezon City that attracted some 50 people, mostly community women, the EcoWaste Coalition and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) drew attention to the tremendous job potentials from clean recycling.
New Campaign Applauds Recycling in the Senate Climate Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Recycling Works! campaign (RW), a coalition of labor, environmental and community organizations applauds Senator Carper as well as Boxer and Kerry for recognizing recycling as a key climate strategy. RW calls the inclusion of state recycling programs in the new Senate climate bill an important step towards rebuilding the economy, and looks forward to working with the Senate on details of these programs.
US expert stresses need for recycling, segregation
The Times of India
PUNE: Neil Tangri, a waste-to-energy expert from the US, who visited the city's waste incineration plant at Urali on Wednesday said the civic authority is contradicting itself by having a policy to segregate waste and at the same time plans to set up incineration plants that process mix waste.
Environmentalists decry waste incineration
by Peter B. LordThe Providence Journal
June 18th, 2009
Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts joined leaders of several environmental groups in speaking out Thursday afternoon against legislation that would lift the state's 15-year ban against burning garbage.
Cleaning Cairo, but Taking a Livelihood
The Zabaleen of Cairo collect the city's trash, recycle most and feed their pigs on the rest. But the city government is threatening their livelihoods in the name of hygiene and improved working conditions.
A Red Flag on Green Energy Plan
In the name of green energy, Massachusetts is going to cut down its forests and burn them.
As Tourism Rises in Bali, What to Do With Waste?
BaliFokus is tackling Bali's waste problem with sorting, recycling, and composting. But it is coming into conflict with a private sector project pushing landfill gas and gasification, and backed by carbon credits from the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism.
European recovery funds to build incinerators
The European Economic Recovery Plan will invest in environmentally damaging projects, including 22 incinerators in Central and Eastern Europe.
Yuyun Ismawati: Goldman Environmental Prize winner 2009
GAIA member Yuyun Ismawati, of BaliFokus in Indonesia, has won the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize for her groundbreaking work in creating community-based waste management systems.
V dialogo zero Waste International a Napoli
Zero Waste International Dialog 2009 rappresenta un grande evento e nasce da una sfida voluta dalle realtà italiane e campane, in sintonia con la Zero Waste International Alliance e la Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
Offsets Under Kyoto: a dirty deal for the South
by Kevin Smith Transnational Institute
December 5th, 2008
Malaysian Group push for zero waste strategy
We urge the government to adopt zero waste approaches that would radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the need for extraction, processing, and the transport of raw materials, as well as avoiding emissions from disposal (incineration, landfilling, open dumping and open burning). These savings far exceed the emissions from waste disposal facilities, and can play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Watsonville Residents & Greenaction Defeat Plasma Arc Incinerator!
Pajaro Valley Coalition for Environmental Justice and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice Press Release
November 13th, 2008
Santa Cruz County’s controversial plan to build a plasma arc incinerator for treating garbage is going down to defeat after the company, adaptiveARC, was unable to provide documentation of their claims about the alleged safety of their technology and proposed facility.
Climate-change scenarios: Adopt zero-waste ways
by S.M. Mohamed IdrisNew Straits Times
November 12th, 2008
Carbon Market Fundamentalism
by Daphne WyshamMultinational Monitor
October 31st, 2008
Wasted Energy: Debunking the Waste-to-Energy Scheme
Wasted Energy: Debunking the Waste-to-Energy Scheme Like any other vampire, “waste to energy” technology, e.g., burning garbage for electricity, needs a good, swift stake to the heart. Decades after garbage incinerators disappeared from U.S. cities, burning garbage with energy recovery made a dash for federal, state and city subsidies following the energy crisis in the l970s and ’80s. It had a brief flurry of activity but, by the time the ’90s hit, was on the decline. Only 30 of 300 proposed plants were ever built—the last ones in l995 as the result of some dubious political shenanigans in Syracuse, New York and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Stop Trashing The Climate
Dramatically decreasing waste disposed in landfills and incinerators will reduce greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent to closing 21 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants - comparable to leading climate protection proposals such as improving national vehicle fuel efficiency.
Finding means to fight climate change
by Special CorrespondentThe Hindu
21 August, 2008. TAMBARAM, Tamil Nadu, India: After visiting compost yards at a couple of locations in the southern suburbs of Chennai on Tuesday, a delegation of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) said there was a need for effective alternatives to combat climate change for which burning of garbage was an important cause.
Waste-to-energy plants a waste of energy, recycling advocates say
by Erica GiesInternational Herald Tribune, The International Edition of the New York Times
Trash has more economic value and a lighter impact on climate change when reused, recycled or composted than when incinerated or placed in a landfill. Burning valuable materials that could be recycled "wastes the life cycle energy of products to produce a small amount of energy," Ciplet said.

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