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Best of the Web 9/21


Our favorite picks for the week of September 21!


STUDY: EPA MAY BE UNDERESTIMATING LANDFILL METHANE – Landfills may be emitting more methane than previously reported because the Environmental Protection Agency may be drastically underestimating how much garbage is being deposited in landfills across the U.S., according to a new Yale University study.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, examined more than 1,200 solid waste landfills, including those that are open and those that are closed and no longer accepting waste. Continue reading the story.

A landfill in Arizona. Credit: Alan Levine/flickr
A landfill in Arizona.
Credit: Alan Levine/flickr


THREE WAYS FARMS’ EFFORTS TO ENVIRONMENTALLY REUSE MANURE ARE BEING SUPPORTED – Where there are large groups of farm animals, there are large piles of manure. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1.3 million U.S. farms hold livestock. Of those, 238,000 farms are considered feeding operations, which generate more than 500 million tons of animal waste per year. That waste can pose public health and environmental risks if proper disposal isn’t taking place.

Companies and farmers across the globe are using animal waste to produce fuel, fertilizers and energy.

Here are three examples.

Via Waste360
Via Waste360


100% RENEWABLE ENERGY POSSIBLE BY 2050 – Can we rely completely on renewable energy? It’s possible by 2050, according to a new Greenpeace report. But what would the cost be? And what would the impact be on geopolitics? Jochen Wermuth – founder and chief investment officer of Wermuth Asset Management, Rick Bosman – researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, and David Elzinga – Economic Affairs Officer for the Sustainable Energy Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe discuss the issue.

Watch the video

via AJE
via AJE


ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE – This is what chef Dan Barber demonstrated earlier this year, when he temporarily turned Blue Hill, his Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, into an incubator for garbage-to-plate dining. Watch the video and read the story here.

"Dog food" dish. via PBS
“Dog food” dish.
via PBS


8 INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC ANSWER TOP CLIMATE CHANGE QUESTIONS – World Resources Institute’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer utilizes the best data available to help answer some of the most important climate policy questions through easy-to-understand graphics. Review the climate data here using the interactive tools.

The top 10 GHG emitters contribute 72 percent of global emissions. Graphic by WRI
The top 10 GHG emitters contribute 72 percent of global emissions. Graphic by WRI


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