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Green News: The Needed E-Recycling Movement

If you live in the developed world, chances are you either have or know someone who has a drawer, cabinet, or closet full of “e-waste”–a combination of old electronic devices and wires that serves absolutely no purpose but to take up … Continue reading


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Green News: Competition in the Waste-to-Fuel / Energy Industry

(Everyone is sick of hearing about this government shutdown anyways right??) The potential of the waste-to-energy industry is a recurring topic here at NN. To quote a NYT article on the subject, “THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea … Continue reading


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Green News: Army Program to Test Waste-to-Fuel Viability

Continuing the narrative on the potential of turning waste-to-energy, an Army program will offer a natural experiment of the economic viability of the concept (original article). THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of … Continue reading


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Green News: Another Look at Recycling Organic Waste / Garbage

A small clerical issue; I have decided to add a new category, “Green News”, because environmental issues are such an important component of sustainable human development. I also feel like I have been focusing too much on conflicts and economic … Continue reading


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Transparency Thursday: Recycling New York City’s Garbage

Turning waste into energy may seem futuristic, but in this case the future is today. There is currently a high capacity operational waste-to-energy plant in Malaysia. “K.S. Sivaprasad, an engineer from India, spent four decades perfecting a factory that accepts … Continue reading