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Tag: water pollution

Where does our plastic go?

Where does our plastic go?

| July 22, 2014

We throw things out every day, but rarely consider where our garbage goes. Each American disposes about seven pounds of trash daily, nearly 70 percent of which heads straight to landfills, according to NPR. We have a trash crisis, and the most pressing problem may be plastic waste. As the New York Times’ editorial board […]

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Mushrooms are cleaning up city streams

Mushrooms are cleaning up city streams

| January 28, 2014

If you live in the vicinity of Corvallis, Oregon, you might notice something strange floating in the waterways: burlap bags filled with coffee grounds and growing mushrooms. It may look like discarded compost or litter, but these mushrooms are serving a very important purpose. They’re absorbing — and, thus, eliminating — harmful toxins from the […]

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What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

What’s the fracking problem with water recycling?

| December 2, 2013

Water recycling is a trendy topic these days. However, things get a little sensitive in oil and gas country, where the practice of fracking entangles with profit margins and drought conditions, making for heated debates. This debate takes us to Texas, where drought conditions are rife. Still, the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is […]

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The Sochi Olympics won’t medal in recycling

The Sochi Olympics won’t medal in recycling

| November 7, 2013

Well, that was short-lived. When bidding to host the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russian Officials pledged to create a “Zero Waste” event — but subsequent investigations have proved that the pledge has very much been broken. A recent article by Associated Press writer Nataliya Vasilyeva published on ABC News elaborates on the reversal. The […]

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