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Manhattan’s UES Set to Get Big New Waste Facility

The US Army Corps of Engineers has given its approval to New York to build a major new waste-transfer station along the East River in Manhattan. A key component of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s waste management plans, the facility is designed … Continue reading

24. July 2012 by NGP
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Waste Piles Up in an Indian Paradise

The state of Kerala in southwestern India enjoys several honors. It has the highest Human Development Index and the lowest level of corruption in the country. It was the setting of Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning debut novel The God of … Continue reading

05. July 2012 by NGP
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City Gets New Composting Facility

Happy Independence Day! An awesomely-named composting center opened up right here in Philly recently. The Dirty Factory, located in University City, is now accepting organic material from area residents. The Pedal Co-op will be collecting kitchen and yard wastes from UC … Continue reading

04. July 2012 by NGP
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Rio+20 Disappoints Many, But Some Positive Commitments Made on Waste

Last Friday, the three-day Rio+20 environmental mega-conference concluded with a pronounced whimper. The lead up to the summit was filled with exuberant fanfare and social media’s promises to democratize the conversation on sustainability. Yet on the eve of the event, there was … Continue reading

30. June 2012 by NGP
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Green Portland Targets Composting To Achieve Waste Diversion

Last autumn, Portland become the largest municipality to cut its regular garbage collection to once every two weeks. But the city has cleverly increased its collection of food and yard waste to occur on a weekly basis, diverting more organic … Continue reading

27. June 2012 by NGP
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Basic Environmental Infrastructure Needed in Afghanistan

An article today in Afghanistan’s Daily Outlook – the first independent English-language newspaper there — highlights the many environmental challenges that face the country as it takes baby steps toward modernization. As has been the case with a couple of regions … Continue reading

26. June 2012 by NGP
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Lebanon In Need of MSW Legislation

Lebanon currently possesses no legal framework to guide waste management. It is unclear whether this is the case because of a general lack of environmental awareness in the region or because the country has only recently achieved some semblance of … Continue reading

18. June 2012 by NGP
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British Expat Upcycles, Lifts Spirits in the Philippines

A onetime publishing executive in the UK, Jane Walker probably did not envision becoming a hero in the eyes of many Filipinos. On holiday in the mid-1990s, Walker had a chance viewing of Manila’s notorious Smokey Mountain dump. Upon seeing the plight … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by NGP
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Lagos Faces Big Sanitation Challenges

Nigeria’s most populous city is one of the fast growing urban areas in the world. The city’s port is one of Africa’s busiest and its film industry (“Nollywood”) is the second largest in the world, in terms of annual film … Continue reading

13. June 2012 by NGP
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Green Projects Flourishing in Rio’s Slums

Denizens of Rio de Janeiro’s numerous favelas are counting on next week’s Rio+20 conference to provide a forum for their hopeful voices. Some, preparing for the occasion for the last several years, aim to remind delegates of the responsibility that … Continue reading

11. June 2012 by NGP
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