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Is Waste an Untapped Resource?

Don’t trash talk the potential of trash until you hear the findings in this latest study.

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Waste is intrinsically, well, wasteful. But it doesn’t need to be. Assessment of Advanced Biofuels from Wastes & Residues, a new study by indie nonprofit the International Council of Clean Transportation, reports that waste is an untapped resource with various benefits. Most notably, it highlights that waste and other residues from industries, farms, and households can be converted into advanced biofuels, which can power our cars.

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Facebooking Trash Bins Shame the Wasteful

"BinCams"—garbage cans with cameras—help college students think twice about their waste by sharing trash pics on Facebook.

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Anyone who has had the pleasure (or misfortune?) of attending a college frat party has seen the mountains of plastic cups that accumulate by the end of the night. Chances are, they won't end up in the recycling bin. Nor will anybody chastise the frat boys for their epic wastefulness.

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Emerging City Innovation

Most of the world's population now lives in cities. How can we make sure these urban centers are good homes for humanity?...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMeaInns7sMost of the world's population now lives in cities. How can we make sure these urban centers are good homes for humanity? Cities from Bogotá and Rio de Janeiro to Seoul are leading the way, using fresh ideas to reduce pollution and waste; provide efficient, clean transportation; and support biodiversity.

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