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Our favorite stories for the week of June 29th

As you gear up for the July 4th weekend, take a break and check out EV’s picks for the week’s best news stories and articles!

New York City to push for more organic recycling- Landfills around New York may soon be unburdened of thousands of tons of discarded peanuts and Cracker Jacks as the city moves to divert organic waste that’s generated in large ballparks and arenas as well as in hotels and food wholesalers.

In an announcement on Thursday (July 2), sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia began the first big wave of mandatory recycling of organic materials—food, yard waste and some soiled paper products—for stadiums seating more than 15,000 people, hotels with more than 150 rooms and food distributors with more than 20,000 square feet. Check out the full story here and read Energy Vision’s response to the proposal.

Organic recycling bins in Union Square. (The All-Nite Images)
Organic recycling bins in Union Square. (The All-Nite Images)

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet- Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats.

For passengers, little will be different — the engines will still roar, the seats in economy will still be cramped — but for the airlines and the biofuels industry, the flight will represent a long-awaited milestone: the first time a domestic airline operates regular passenger flights using an alternative jet fuel. Read the full story.

 Growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs has prompted airlines to seek environmentally friendly fuels.  Credit United Airlines
Growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs has prompted airlines to seek environmentally friendly fuels. Credit United Airlines

 

11 practical ways you can reduce food waste and save money- “Food prices have certainly been rising for the last five years, but when you look at our household spending that goes toward food, no other nation spends less on its food supply. We simply don’t value things we don’t spend much on,” Bloom says. We’re very careful about getting deals and discounts at grocery stores and at big-box retailers like Costco, but those values don’t mean anything when half of that food goes in the trash. Read more

Image: Flickr, United Nations Photo
Image: Flickr, United Nations Photo

Infographic: How governments are leading on climate through the Compact of States and Regions- The first-ever results from the Compact of States and Regions, the only global platform to record climate data from sub-national governments, have been announced — and visualized in an infographic.

The preliminary emissions reduction targets and inventory data from governments to the Compact of States and Regions was announced on July 2 at the World Summit Climate and Territories in Lyon, France. See the infographic here to explore the data in full and learn more about how the Compact works. Of particular importance are the critical UN global climate talks, set to take place in Paris later this year.


National Climate Assessment Report on Human Health- Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks.

Explore the impacts to human health in a new EPA report here

Heavy Downpours Are Increasing Exposure to Disease. Photo: EPA
Heavy Downpours Are Increasing Exposure to Disease. Photo: EPA

 

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